All posts by Sharon

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Wearable electronics

Hobbyist electronics, including technologies or concepts like makerspaces, 3D printing, or Arduino prototype boards, are quickly finding their way into the classroom. This personal project is my first step into a new playground.
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Planners

While I’ve more than successfully transitioned from paper books to ebooks, I haven’t been as enthusiastic about giving up paper calendars and to-do lists. I think part if it is...
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CSI logo

While at Massive Online University, I designed a logo for our now-defunct department, the Center for Support of Instruction. We wanted something that looked futuristic and technical, but also something...
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Video game class campaign

These advertisements for video game classes were designed with actual game boxes. The ads were successful, if by “successful” you mean students stole the ads off the walls.
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Report cover

In 2009, I designed a report my institution authored for a prestigious Beltway consulting firm. The professional appearance of the report was praised by our administration and by the client.
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Party invitation

This party invitation was created in about three hours using clipart. It’s a working cootie catcher — you can print a copy and fold it up yourself, the YouTube video...
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Flyer

I designed several flyers for NLC’s Teaching and Learning Team. This one, promoting a session on clickers, is an example of too-good design. Most instructors thought this was an event...
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Failure to Launch

And, of course, on the first day I plan to start my new drawing lessons I manage to loose the tiny plastic disc off my brand-new Jot Touch. ARGGGGG!!!!!
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Fear of Failure

Tomorrow I begin trying to draw again. It seems like a simple thing. Scores of art students master the fundamentals every year. It’s always intimidated me, for reasons I can’t...
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Smash to Disc Notebook

Over the past week I’ve converted a SMASH folio from the default spiral binding to the discbound system shared by brand names like Levenger’s Circa, Staples ARC, and Rollabind. I...
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For Want of a Nail

How do I not own a tube of Elmer’s glue? I have three tubes of super glue, some E6000, Gorilla Glue, a reposition-able glue sick, and some sewing glue. I...
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Headway Rocks

Last week I started looking at developments in WordPress frameworks. My goal was to give my web design students students a quick, five-minute overview of what a WordPress framework is,...