Author Archives: Rachel Ellner

It’s More Than a Game for Clever Evolving Media Students

Entering FIT’s first full semester of remote learning last fall, Prof. Dan Shefelman says he was searching for a way to approach his Illustration BFA course, Visual Storytelling for Evolving Media II, in an engaging and relevant way. This course, … Continue reading

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Tis’ the Season for GIF-Giving!

Happy Holidays! Please accept these GIFs from the students of Prof. Anthony Capparelli’s Pictorial Problem Solving Illustration class Creating GIFS in Prof. Anthony Capparelli’s Motion Graphic and Holiday Card Assignment, allows students to add movement and motion to their illustrations. … Continue reading

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Design Across the Oceans with Professor Jerry Dellova

Attending class remotely from four continents,19 students in Prof. Jerry Dellova’s CAD for Fashion Design class FD342, finished the semester a few days before Christmas, filling their screens with a riot of colors, print and pattern designs. As is typical, … Continue reading

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Visual Presentation Lab Rises to Pandemic Challenges

What happens to use of a well-equipped workshop when many students can’t get to it? New instructional videos to aid students confined to home. New ways of creating those videos. Extra attention for the students who need to be there. … Continue reading

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Artful and Profound COVID Scarves

Students in Professor Susanne Goetz’s Screen Printing Scarves (TD316) class were inspired to create pandemic-themed designs as their final project this semester. “Some are thoughtful, some humorous,” says Prof. Goetz who is internationally recognized as a textile designer and educator. … Continue reading

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Kam Mak’s Studio Class: Virtually Live

Illustration Professor Kam Mak revels in teaching studio painting classes with live models. It’s been part of his class syllabus for 20 years. Pre-pandemic he led a popular study abroad program in Florence where students paint in the medium of … Continue reading

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Dillon O’Keefe and his team create Witchy Business

Magic happened when Wacom brought two teams of animation students together and gave them a week to produce 45-second animated shorts. Computer Animation student Dillon O’Keefe was on Team East. Each team collaborated only on Zoom and each team member … Continue reading

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Anya Shakhmeyster reimagines Russian style with a new sensibility

“One of the best things about my Russian heritage is a straight-forward, no-BS approach to life. But taken too far it can conjure up a cold Russian winter!” says Anya Shakhmeyster. The Fashion Design alumna (’12) recently launched a menswear … Continue reading

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Voting Reminders: Make Your Voice Heard

Good design can help deliver an important message: Vote! It all helps counter efforts of voter suppression, claims of fraud, and attempts at voter intimidation. The work from Professor Tevonian’s Foundation of Graphic Design class is an example of how … Continue reading

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Dolls With Deep Stories

“My original goal was to make the most beautiful doll in the world,” says Fine Arts sophomore Jada Hairston. “I wanted my dolls to be pretty objects. What else could dolls be, right?  But as I was developing my college … Continue reading

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