Creating a Postcard with InDesign

A quick tutorial on creating a graphically rich postcard using InDesign. Postcards are great! They are perfect for announcements, artist samples, direct mailers, invitations, old fashioned correspondence, and convert nicely to an easy-to-share online graphic. In this short tutorial, we’ll import some images and then add text to create a postcard promoting a new fabric collection. Use these photos or use your own photos and text to create your personal postcard. Postcards come in a variety of standard sizes. Some sizes can be mailed at a reduced rate, but larger cards require 1st class postage. There are many ways to get your postcard printed and … Continue reading

Summer of Moodle

This summer I lead the TTL group at MassArt converting our Moodle 1.9 to 2.0 and moving it to MoodleRooms as part of it becoming MassArt’s official course-ware. We’ve been using Moodle at MassArt since 2004, first as a small pilot for the Art Education department and then as an alternative course-ware platform for the entire school. By 2010, we’d hosted our 80th course. … Continue reading

Google+ and Me

I’ve gotten an account at Google+ Sharing my account address seems a bit difficult (hope they let you create unique names soon) but I think it’s Here. After spending just a little time there adding a few friends and interesting people and checking through the features, it seems to be more of a Twitter on steroids than a replacement for Facebook. It merges your existing Google apps (if you are already a Gmail and Docs user the benefits will be clear) and makes sharing and categorizing streams of interests easy. I am liking the new features of WordPress 3.2 also. … Continue reading

Winter Work

MassArt Online: Built with WordPressMU and BuddyPress. MassArt Faculty and students can use the site to access social tools such as forums, groups and activity feeds and maintain a personal or academic blog. Recent conversion of Saturday Studios Student pages from Joomla with DocMan to a WordPress Blog.Students contribute original lesson plans and galleries of their experiences teaching in the Saturday Studios program. This ties the work students do in Saturday Studios with the blog platform they are beginning to use in earlier courses. The use of a blogging platform for academic writing and portfolios results in each student developing … Continue reading

Digication and other e-portfolios

Working with setting up a gallery space at Digication as part of this semester’s exploration in online portfolios, learning tools and collaborations. The MSAE grads have been using it. It’s pretty clean and geared toward education. Also, upgrades on the CAC Moodle. Looking at Mahara, an open source e-portfolio system. Lots of great tools, getting better and more integrated all the time!!  Beware of overly cloudy weather, however! … Continue reading