LAITS Student Technology Assistants collaborate with the College of Liberal Arts faculty and administration by re-imagining their instructional and promotional projects with a creative use of video, audio, web and graphic design. STAs learn technical skills on the job with LAITS development studio staff. They build presentations, produce audio/visual works, scan text documents & perform image correction. STAs are instrumental in helping COLA faculty realize their vision for instructional technology projects used to enhance the teaching and learning experience.
I created an animatable mascot, named Dr. B, to be inserted into the PSY 364 course PowerPoints. Dr. B is a lady brain with humanoid limbs and a sharp pair of glasses. She wears a nametag and a smile at all times.
In the same way we created our characters for RUS 406, I separated Dr. B’s limbs onto different layers so that she may be posed in different ways or animated at a later time. I created the normal pose first and then posed her to wave and hold a banner. The latter was inserted into the course PowerPoint with the phrases “quiz time!” and “let’s chat!” written on the banner.
The Apostrophe Catastrophe
I also had to redraw the apostrophe for the “let’s chat!” banner since the Stoney Billy font does not include most punctuation glyphs – instead it replaces the punctuation marks with custom star glyphs. Luckily, the font still includes your basic exclamation and question marks.
This was my first time designing characters as an STA for RUS406! I was asked to design Boris and Maria, Polina’s grandparents.
Boris was described as having short gray hair, and he also wears glasses and a brown suede jacket. I wanted him to look friendly and intelligent.
Maria had short hair and was described as a sophisticated woman who has retained her figure. She wears a tailored suit and a scarf around her neck. I had some issues choosing colors but settled on a red-purple blazer and gray scarf with black pants and shoes. The purple contrasts well with her blonde hair, and the gray scarf makes it so that the complementary colors aren’t overwhelming.
I’m making progress on the Canvasser rebuild for the TBH Time Travel kids interactive. I had previously worked on making the PSD mockup for this interactive last semester; I am now working on making the Canvasser version of the interactive.
The mockup still has some kinks, but I’m working out the navigation and making some minor edits to the graphics.
Filling in the Blanks
Since I started from a mockup, I didn’t build all of the scenes that I thought were repetitive (e.g. all the stone tool previews for the flint knappers section). I am making those scenes now for the live interactive.
Finding Old Assets with FF Dec
I had to use FF Dec to get some of the images from the old interactive since I couldn’t find them in the appropriate Box folder. As of right now, I’ve also exported all the audio files (.mp3) from the old interactive.
Live Progress Chart
I made a PSD with smart objects of each scene to track the progress I am making with the mockup scenes. I also use this to make notes on edits I need to make and things I need to remember for Canvasser. Since I used smart objects, the document will update every time I save changes to the PSB documents.
[1/5] Basic Outline
Started outlining architecture and using shapes for furniture.
[3/5] Object Placement
Placed and posed characters with their objects
Overlay scene with texture files (excluding characters).
[5/5] Lighting + Final Edits
Re-posed characters, final edits to layer mask, last additions (grape juice).