What’s Making Professor Seslow Happy on the Internet?

So here we are, officially jumping into CT101 this week. We have a ton of great stuff to cover, learn, share, create, apply, rinse and repeat this semester! Assignment #1 asks you to share; What is making you happy on the Internet?  You can find the link to that assignment here – <– Thats right, we can do cool things like hyperlink any kind of text or verbiage that we want and have it redirect us. We can make an image or an animated GIF like the one above – also a “clickable thing” that redirects to another page or place on the Internet. That IDEA in and or itself makes me very happy! So in essence, the creative and practical functionality of the Internet as a whole makes me really happy. Lets dig a bit deeper..

The still image above is taken from my profile on GIPHY. (go ahead and click on the image of the hyperlinked word to find my “stock” of animated GIFS. You can use them and embed them almost anywhere on the web. Thats the beauty of GIPHY.com – its a search engine for animated GIFs and animated Stickers, like I said, its Internet culture. Internet culture makes me happy!

I love to make animated GIFS! And guess what, you are going to learn how to make them in our class! I love GIFs and feel that they are a huge part of Internet culture. Come on now, we all love animated GIFS! I made both of the GIFs in this blog post. These two are many of the thousands that I have made (did I say thousands? yikes, its true, I cant stop!) I blame Professor Michael B. Smith for this as he got me into GIFs and making them! Be sure to check out his blog here.

September is Deaf Awareness Month, that makes me happy!  It gives me an opportunity to use the Internet as a platform to share information about Deaf culture and to help hearing people get a better insight and understanding of what it is like to be deaf and hard of hearing. Im deaf and hard of hearing, could you tell from our first meeting? Ill bet you couldn’t! Ill share some stories with you this week in class. (Im full of surprises!)

I recently discovered that the company called STARKEY released a hearing loss simulator on the web. This is huge because it helps people with both normal hearing actually simulate and understand what it is like to experience various levels of hearing loss in various situations. It might make you both a little scared and also over empathetic as experience changes the way we think and understand things. Click the image to get started. (probably best to do outside of class)

OK, so those are a few things that are making me happy on the Internet as well as a few ways that I “use” the Internet.

PS – Did you notice the formatting for this blog post? Notice how my images are the same size and how everything has been aligned to the left? This is intentional and it helps the viewer/reader easily absorb the content. You too will learn how to apply a similar format, though it may see a bit tricky to manage at first, you will easily get the hang of it! Lets jump in!

The CT101 GIF the Portrait Collab is LIVE!

The CT101 GIF the Portrait Collab – Spring 2019 Edition!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1z5I2d6kBVBtge0Yv1STQfgzHM_2BiGLu

The link above is an active google drive folder that contains all of the source content that amounted to the collaborative GIFs above. CT101 students from 2 sections at CUNY York College contributed to the project. But wait! This is only part 1! There is more to come, that is why the link above is so vital!

The synopsis, portraits of people who influence and or inspire us are used as a subject for the group animation. The images are re-sized and rendered in photoshop. Then, they are stacked into frames to produce the fast morphing effect. Then, they are extended for further hacking, reorganizing and the re-manipulating of the images, GIFs and video content available. We want to push this idea further!

In class on 4/9 we talked about using the Quicktime application as a video looping / capturing display and presentation platform. (the video above is an example) What are the potentials of multiple screen recordings and overlaying videos to create expansive ways to communicate our content? We are curious.

What will you do next? Will you take the risk of clicking on the google drive link to expand the unknown?  We hope so! Outcomes can be added to the CT101.us media library or e-mailed directly to me here – Rseslow@york.cuny.edu

Get Busy!

CT101, the YORK College Cross Course Collab Part II

The Original Version of the Altered Portraits

CT101, the YORK College Cross Course Collab Part II

This fall semester the students at CUNY York College collaborated on the annual GIF the Portrait project.

CT101 is a digital storytelling course that fosters the understanding and application of digital tools while creating a digital identity on the Internet at large!

We knew the project would be a fine fit for the NET-Art open call for submissions via the CUNY academic commons.

This project will be live on the NET-ART website as of 12/12/18

CT101 has two sections this fall semester. Whilst learning some new blogging skills each student was asked to write an individual post about someone who inspires and motivates them. They were asked to share why and add contextual links for further clarification. (these can be found on the ct101 website) Using the portrait of that person selected we learned basic electronic image manipulation skills with adobe photoshop. Students also made some basic sequential motion graphics with those manipulated images. Then, they were asked to extract one single still-frame from their individual animations to contribute to the animations above. The result is a fast moving collaborative sequence of portraits. The portraits quickly morph and fragment into a series of animated iterations. Does the word ENERGy come to mind? We hope so (along with a little glitch aesthetic, we hope for that too). After the first animated collab was published, we began pushing the piece further by “examining the potentials of what else may happen?”

Students are now working on screen grabbing the consolidated GIFs and pushing them forward into “various otherness” using the mobile apps below.

Would you like to remix one? What is stopping you?!!

Stay tuned!

Glitche’ – glitche.com

to.be camera – to.be/camera

Giphy Cam – https://giphy.com/apps

Instagram – http://Instagram.com

VHS CAM – http://rarevision.com/vhscam

Assembly Design App – http://assemblyapp.co

Ultra-Pop

Ultra-Pop -Infinite

GifVid (simple tool to covert GIF to Video, Video to GIF on the phone)
iColorama S rich featured image editor that maintains full resolution of images
Decim8 Glitch
ImgPlay – Awesome GIF maker!
Back Eraser – Great to remove background areas and make layers.
Imaengine – Tons of filters, vector conversions, stills & video
Hyperspektiv – Tons of filters, stills and video

 

The GIF the Portrait project is an open project promoted by the NET-ART website on the academic commons. Would you like to join in and submit? Lets chat!

CT101 Students Rock Vapor Wave for the Commons!

Piece by: (Selena Matos) Giorno

With great pleasure I present to you the Vapor Wave Gallery of CT101 student work. Answering the open call for submissions on the NET-ART website powered by the CUNY Academic Commons, we hope you will enjoy the show!

Click here to View the Gallery

(if you don’t see your work in the gallery, it means you may have forgotten to e-mail me a .jpeg file/image of your piece – please send!)

How did this start?

Inspired by this great blog post previously published by professor Michael Branson Smith we set off to explore and experiment the genre as a class. The intention was to run through a series of class tutorials and then go off independently to generate images. Now that the gallery is place, what do you think? Lets share the links far and wide with our friends, family and network! Also, lets be sure to leave a comment on the gallery page – click here – then scroll to the bottom of the page and leave your sentiments! What did think of the process? Did you fall in love with Vapor Wave Aesthetic? Did you dig into the audio aspects of the genre? Share what you feel, perhaps it reminds you of “something” – comment here!

Vapor Wave is a vast and unique community! The musical aspect is huge, and the accompanying visuals are so attractive and contagious. The possibilities of how and where the aesthetic can be applied is even more expansive than we thought! You might ask yourself, why haven’t I heard of this before? Good question! It all seems to start with getting your feet wet with these two videos below, a little history really helps.

The gallery is an energetic series of our first static outcomes! These pieces set a tone for what is possible, and how we can push ourselves further. CT101 students are new to many of the software applications used in the course. We learned and applied a ton of new skills with adobe photoshop to create the digital collage works. Importing files, creating graphic assets, working with layers and gradients are all a part of the process. Saving files and exporting various file formats for the web were also explored and tested. We rocked it!

I want to make some MORE Vapor Wave Art! (right?)

A great way to get started and continue is by doing your own research and finding a tutorial or two that you can follow along with. I suggest these two below: (many more on youtube)

  1. Creating Vapor Wave – 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKokry41Ixg
  2. Creating Vapor Wave – 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ_ZT0Phfo4

The tutorials are great to work along with. But alas! What if you don’t have access to adobe photoshop? Is there an alternative? Indeed, you can use web browser applications like:

  1. Pixlr – https://pixlr.com/
  2. GIMP – https://www.gimp.org/
  3. Get Paint ( For PC users) https://www.getpaint.net/index.html

If you are looking for pre-made vapor wave elements, content and graphic assets you can easily grab a series of transparent images from doing a quick search that simply reads: “transparent vapor wave graphics“. The vapor wave community is proactive in sharing and uploading transparent graphics making it accessible and immediate for anyone to get involved.

Did you forget to e-mail me your contribution? Send it now!

rseslow at york.cuny.edu

ZINE COLLAB in Print at the NYPL & More!

 

Dear CT101 Spring 2018 Students, (and Beyond!)

I hope that this message finds you all well! As the summer begins to winds down I wanted to alert you to a few things:

  1. First and foremost, our awesome class ZINE collaboration with my BMCC MMA100 Graphic Design students is now officially accessible in print and available at the NYPL at their 5th Avenue & 42nd Street location – DeWitt Wallace Periodical Room at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building . As a public space, all visitors to the NYPL can take out the zine for review. There are two copies reserved and forever archived. I will also be submitting 1 copy of the zine to the YORK College library on campus. I will let you know once it has been cataloged and is ready for viewing. You can also revisit, comment and contribute in reflection to the project by clicking on the graphic below.

https://bmccmma100.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2018/05/07/cross-cuny-bmcc-york-college-zine-collaboration/

PS – I would love to hear from you! Let me know what you are working on!

Good Energy!

Ryan