March 10th, 2018

On Friday, March 9th 2018 the Sacramento Advertising Club hosted a Galla event to celebrate and award local winning entries to the national American Advertising Federation’s annual Addys competition. The event was well attended by students, faculty and staff from the Art Institute of California, where students from the school swept every student category they entered. Continue reading this article »


December 19th, 2017

Prototyping tools have really hit their stride in the past few years. InvisionApp along with Sketch have been favorites for designers for a while now, but there is a lot of development in this area recently, and it will be interesting to see if InvisionApp can keep it’s hard earned crown. I have been using InvisionApp and using it with students since it’s earliest days, and it has been great to watch the tool mature and lots of designers get on board with using it in the past few years. Continue reading this article »


October 15th, 2017

In the summer of 2016 I taught a course on interaction design with an exceptional group of students who were really hungry to dig deeper into JavaScript and the kinds of interactions that can be created to make user’s experiences with products more delightful. Articles about microinteractions and conference talks on the topic were popping up all over the place, so as a final project, students created a mini portfolio of microinteractions. Continue reading this article »


September 25th, 2017

This is another great example from one of my Intermediate Web Design sections by Juan Sarmiento. I have been teaching this course for a long time and it has evolved a lot over the years. In the early years, I remember having to teach students about how to deal with Internet Explorer 6 bugs, and then later how to use the HTML5 shiv. Neither of these techniques, or a long list of other ones need to be in this course anymore. However new techniques emerge to take their places, and that remains one of my favorite things about teaching this course. Continue reading this article »


September 11th, 2017

One of the projects I have done in the Design for Mobile course I teach is to have students design and build responsive restaurant websites. Responsive design has been around since 2010, and really picked up steam as mobile use of the web started to surpass desktop use of the web towards the end of 2013. However, restaurant websites often lag behind. Continue reading this article »


September 1st, 2017

This project, created by my student, Marco Vasquez, is from a few years ago, but it remains in my list of favorites. In the Intermediate Web Design class at Art Institute, students dig further into designing for the web and learning the HTML and CSS necessary to produce those designs. Continue reading this article »


March 5th, 2017

For the month of March, 2017, I am participating in a group show at Axis Gallery. I joined this collective with two other artists, Nick Shepard and Ben Hunt at the beginning of this year. The three of us did not previously know each other at all, but there is a strange kind of pressure cooker that happens when you need to gather work and put together a show. Continue reading this article »


February 12th, 2017

This is a lesson I have been meaning to put together for a while, and when I completed it last weekend, I was really pleased with it and excited about trying it with students last week.

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November 8th, 2016

It has been almost two weeks since we wrapped up our second WordCamp Sacramento conference, and I am still thinking about it and basking in warmth of an awesome WordPress community here in Sacramento. It was an amazing event, and such a great opportunity to connect with so many current and former students and Art Institute faculty in a powerful educational setting. Continue reading this article »


October 20th, 2016

This fall, I decided it was high time to redesign lessons for my Intermediate Web Design class at Art Institute. Some of these same designs can be used with my classes at UC Davis as well. Although I have made numerous tweaks to the Intermediate Web Design curriculum, it has been three years since I have done a complete redesign of it. The content I designed and created three years ago has served me well, but the web has moved on in a number of ways, both technologically and aesthetically. Continue reading this article »



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