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.


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

Good Energy!


Cross CUNY Campus Collab ZINE Project

Project Title – “Cross CUNY Campus/Course Collaborative ZINE”

We will have a full lab session to work on and prepare our zine collaboration project this week and next during our class time. This project is a collaborative exploration with CUNY BMCC MMA100, Foundation of Graphic Design students.

Design Project Specifications – You have been selected to contribute 1 page to a collaborative magazine that produces a quarterly publication in both a DIY – Do it Yourself printed edition and an online digital version.

Your submission to the publication will creatively communicate:

“How technology and creativity are powerful learning tools for inspiration, digital storytelling and design.”

You have the creative freedom to produce and generate your contributions with full autonomy as to how you experience or define them, however, your final submissions should display an integrated composition of imagery (use of layers and opacity) along with descriptive verbiage typeset creatively.

***Size Requirements – 8.5 X 11 inches vertical, please.

Usage of Imagery – Students should NOT randomly use images that are found on the Internet, especially with-out proper attribution to its creator. Please refer to this resources page and work from the numerous repositories of public domain and creative commons sources – go here – https://bmccmma100.commons.gc.cuny.edu/course-resources/

Software Skill Showcase – Over the past weeks we have toggled through learning various techniques and methods working with both adobe photoshop. All image related composing and manipulations should be generated in photoshop, saved as both a .psd file (photoshop format – so you can edit the file if you need to later) and File-> export -> save for web/legacy as a .jpeg file. (for the web)

Completed Submissions – 

1. Students will publish their completed pages along with a blog post describing the process and meaning of the page. You may write the post as a tutorial that maps your process from start to finish.

2. Students will save all of their work and submit one high resolution jpeg. image for the digital zine publication on the CT101 website as well as a printed copy for the print version of the Zine. (E-mail this file to me – rseslow@york.cuny.edu)

The works will also appear on the BMCC MMA100 website on the CUNY Academic Commons (much like the Gif the Portrait Project) you will later be asked to comment on the works of the BMCC students.

**Due date – All Submissions must be in no later than Thursday May 3rd.

***I will give a demonstration on creating this project in class this week.

The Gratification of Digital Storytelling Immediacy

The Gratification of Digital Storytelling Immediacy

On a fine wintery morning in early March of 2018 I took expressive action!

I had to. (I promise I took this photo from a red light) As a digital storyteller, this is my duty right?!

Here is the published outcome taken from Instagram below , and this was my series of steps:

Realize the impulse, feel, express, broadcast, reflect and further express and assert, publish again.

“One of those strange surreal wintery commutes. When the anticipation of delays and slow motion gnaws away at your thought projection. However to the however, something told me to avoid the train and drive. To my surprise, everyone else must have done the opposite. Door to door in 23 minutes, magically seamless and visually quite beautiful. Timelessness and stillness were the co-pilots, both present as I happily listened to Murakami’s “Dance, Dance, Dance” on audiobook. (Thank you @port.manteaux for the suggestion!)”

We are all digital storytellers really, but some of us don’t think of our day to day snippets of experiences as worthy stories to tell. Sadly, this is so far from the truth! We are all humans sharing the same card catalog of emotions, feelings, sentiments and urges. We ALL share so many of the same exact day to day “things”. Illustrating these daily life activities in short bursts of expressions shines the wonderful inter-connectedness and reminder we always need.

I love teaching my CT101 Digital Storytelling course at CUNY York College here in NYC. As the fearless leader of the course I need to lead by example and continue to share the regular practice of Digital Storytelling! Today was the perfect opportunity for me to weigh in.

A digital storyteller uses the Internet and its tools as a platform to share, teach, express and connect! An image, a video, a meme or a GIF can be used as a visual source of communication to support your sentiments and means of expression. Hyperlink to relevant spaces on the web to further communicate and share! This is only one example :))

Give us context and publish!

Most of all, have fun!