Web development community: Many thanks

A thank you to the web development community

A thank you to the web development community

Interesting article on community from +Chris Coyier and the perspective of web development community. At Front End Conference in 2014, Alex Horne and I gave a presentation on web community and web education. I think this article adds a lot to that conversation.

It is now over a year since that talk and I find that many of my original thoughts on the convergence of community and education in the web sphere are still the same. I know that I, as an educator, rely heavily on the web community to help me successfully teach my students about designing and developing websites. I especially look towards the online web community to stay informed about where the industry is moving and how best to prepare tomorrow’s developers.  Continue…

Entrepreneurial opportunities with The DEN

The DEN logoThe value of entrepreneurial opportunities for Clemson students really can’t be underestimated. Clemson GC has a brand new section of The DEN, which stands for the Design and Entrepreneurship Network, this Fall semester in partnership with the Bioengineering and mechanical engineering divisions. I am hoping to see other departmental divisions pop up around campus and join in the excitement next semester.

The DEN was started by PhD student, Bre Przestrzelski and Bioengineering faculty lead, Dr. John Desjardin. Throughout the semester, students get to participate in a network of activities, mentors, cross-disciplinary student groups, guest speakers, and field trips which pave a new path for student entrepreneurs. Continue…

Illustrator artwork by Jonathan Balcombe

Clemson House by Jonathan Balcombe

Illustrator artwork of Clemson landmarks created by Jonathan Balcombe, ClemsonGC student, class of 2015

Jonathan Balcombe (Class of 2015) may have found the perfect fit when he took an internship at Creative Services at Clemson University, but what he ended up creating while working there came as a surprise to everyone involved. After completing his first assignment, Jonathan returned to his desk to await the next instructions. While waiting, he began to create illustrator artwork of his favorite animal in Adobe Illustrator using the paint brush tool, a raccoon. Continue…

#frontendconf 2014

As we get close to the next Front End Design Conference in St. Petersburg, I wanted to share some photographs taken of ClemsonGC students at last years conference, 2014. This year the conference will be run by UnmatchedStyle and I am very excited to see what changes and what stays the same. This is a great conference and a vibrant web development community and well worth the trip!

+Clemson Graphics enjoyed #frontendconf  in St. Petersburg Florida this week. Watch for a blog post about what we learned in the next week or two, but I wanted to go ahead and share some great photos with you all!

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Are you an entrepreneur or intrapreneur?

If you have ever wanted to be an entrepreneur and start your own business +Clemson Graphics , consider the new Online #GCBiz course next summer! Summer 2014 saw the launch of a brand new online course focusing on Entrepreneurship/ Intrapreneurship in the Graphic Communciations Industries. The course was designed flexibility that allows students who are interning or taking classes during the day to gain additional major requirement credits, whether they spend the summer in Clemson or anywhere else in the country.

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The science behind UX: eyetracking

eyetracking visualizes how our eyes view information

Eyetracking can produce heat maps to visualize how we view content. Source: Nielson Norman Group; www.nngroup.com/articles/f-shaped-pattern-reading-web-content/

Design is not just an art, there is hard science behind it. Googling the term UX comes up with the following definition: “User Experience (UX) involves a person’s behaviors, attitudes, and emotions about using a particular product, system or service. User experience includes the practical, experiential, affective, meaningful and valuable aspects of human–computer interaction and product ownership.” The science behind design and UX can be studied using eyetracking devices to help scientists better understand how we view and consume content online.

Did you know that there is an eyetracking lab at Clemson? I didn’t until a few weeks ago when I met with Dr. Andrew Duchowski, Clemson Computer Science professor and eyetracking expert. Continue…

Ways to fix flyaway hairs in Photoshop #GC3400

One of the more difficult studio portrait edits in Photoshop to do well is smoothing out flyaway hairs on your model. These are any out-of-place hair that detracts from the clean polished look of your model. This video from the Photoshop Training Channel is a great resource for fixing flyaway hairs on your studio portraits. Should be a good resource for GC3400 as you wrap up your studio portrait assignments this week!