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With the help of Win Sea, our Instructional Design Intern, the City Tech Library is taking a closer look at some of the digital tools that we’ve designed to support student research. We need your input to make sure these tools work for City Tech Students.
Official Brooklyn borough historian–and City Tech alumnus–Ron Schweiger was in the Ursula C. Schwerin Library yesterday to speak to a class about the history and evolution of Grand Army Plaza.
What’s new in Academic Works? We’re highlighting two book chapters on Louisa May Alcott by Prof. Nina Bannett, Chair of City Tech’s English department. Read them here:
Cuban Femininity and National Unity in Louisa May Alcott’s Moods and Elizabeth Stoddard’s ‘Eros and Anteros.’
“Unrighteous Compact”: Louisa May Alcott’s Resistance to Contracts and Promises in Moods
Adopting Complexion Reduction.
What does that even mean? It’s a term that UX/UI Designer, Mike Horton, of SWARM coined in a recent blog post on an emerging trend in application (re)design. Mike determined there are three major features of Complexion Reduction in minimalist app design.
The defining characteristics of this hot new trend sweeping across Silicon Valley are:
Bigger, bolder headlines
Simpler more universal icons
Extraction of color
The evidence can be spotted in the major redesigns of apps like Instagram, AirBnB, and Apple Music.
So what does Complexion Reduction look like in practice?
Well in terms of UI, it means departing from the “Card” based design that has been popular in recent years. Adopting instead, an interface that favors more white space over borders and containers. Page elements are now organized by their spacing and relation to Headlines. The goal is to keep distractions to a minimum so the actual content can do all of the shining.
Although this seems to make sense for platforms that favor media heavy content like images, videos, and music, we wonder what it would mean in the context of online learning. We’re thinking about applying Complexion Reduction principles to our learning resources. We have a hunch that if user’s are being introduced to a minimalist web, we need to be ready to meet their expectations when it comes to delivering instructional content.
Please donate to the Ursula C. Schwerin Library’s upcoming Fall Book Sale, which will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2016, from 12:30-2:30 p.m., outside the entrance of the Library on the fourth floor of the Atrium. We will accept hardcover and softcover books (including paperbacks) in good condition. These may include fiction, literature, travel, leisure reading, non-fiction of all sorts, and recently published textbooks. We are also accepting DVDs, CDs and other media. We cannot accept damaged or heavily annotated books and most technical manuals, directories, or handbooks over three years old. We may select some donations for our library holdings if they meet the needs of our curricula.
To arrange a donation, please contact Prof. Morris Hounion at
or at extension 5491.
All donations should be received by Monday, December 5. We will acknowledge your donation with a thank-you letter but we cannot place dollar values on donated items. Information about the Library’s Gifts Policy may be found here.
CUNY Libraries are running a week long amnesty program. Bring back overdue library books from November 14-23 and have your fines forgiven!