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!

Wally Sutton’s Internet Art Making Creative Blogging Project

Wally Sutton’s Internet Art Making Creative Blogging Project.

Who is Wally Sutton and why is he here?

Simply put, Wally Sutton is a fictional character. He’s a Walrus, however, he doesn’t know that Walrus’s aren’t supposed to wear human clothing or sell things like motherboards and other computer hardware… That is what makes Wally, Wally. He is following his own path. Wally believes that his Dharma is to be the best computer hardware salesman of his time! Nothing will stop him, and you certainly wont get in his way. (See the animation above in the top left corner). Wally is also crazy about digital art, animation and personal development. He loves to help others through sharing his learning process and creative discoveries. Wally is blogger but clams up a bit about it when others ask him that question…He is working on that.

Wally is so aware of how his content reaches his audience that smoke literally comes out of his ears from thinking about it too much! He pays attention to how he is formatting and structuring his content in a way that is easy to access and follow (like, right here, in this blog post, ahem). He also wants his content to be shared easily as well. Wally has learned a lot about digital art, animation, blogging and storytelling from regular practicing. Not obsessively ten times per day, but in metrics of at least once or twice per week. Making static images move and learning new animation skills have enhanced Wally’s ability to further communicate and reach his community while also connecting with new like minded people and beyond. Wally understands that reaching out to others adds value to their lives and the experiences they will have. A lot of the new experiences Wally has had have happened as a result of having a blog and simply sharing what he was learning.

It kind of seems like Wally is actually writing this blog post…hmmm?

Of course Wally is a metaphor and a catalyst to get your creative juices flowing. A reminder to be the best at being who you are, and then give that part of you selflessly. Adding value to the lives of others creates trust. This is another metaphor. When you give selflessly to others outwardly, you are really teaching the universe that you trust yourself. ( Re-read that, and now go have some fun!)

Get creative and share your process with this assignment below!

Blogging Assignment –

Create a blog post(s) about a fictional character that communicates him/herself through blogging and the use of Internet tools. The character can be a representative for something that has meaning to you. (Yes, there can be more than more one thing.) Describe the character. What is he or she like? Kind hearted and compassionate? Mean and unsure? Happy and Sallow? A Lover? A Fighter? Get Descriptive and paint us a picture. What does a snippet of their day look like? You will surely need to create visuals for this illustration! Wally Sutton was passionate about Computer Hardware, Spirituality & Digital Art, Creativity & Animation.  He took a few creative “selfies” and created a series of animated portraits for this blog post. Sky is the limit. Feel free to use/reference this blog post as a visual example for content, structure and inspiration. Your First post will be used as result produced, we will make assessments and grow from the first iteration.

Assignment Submissions – Post your work to the CT101.us blog!

PS – Hyperlinking = Value :)))

PS#2 – Questions? Reach out! – Rseslow@york.cuny.edu