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My name is Edward Alston, a freshman at CUNY City Tech aiming for Associate’s Degree in Communication Design. I am an artist, who likes to mainly draw portraits and anime, and was involved with the Joan Mitchell Foundation (JMF). I’m currently involved in The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), which helps students build leadership skills.
More about me; throughout my late years of middle school and early years of high school my mom used to work at the public library main branch, so every day after school I would go to the library and, needing something to do, I would spend hours there, reading books and searching various topics on the computer (such as mythology, and astrology) which is how I go into zodiac signs (I’m a Virgo). I would also write short summaries of my own original stories to later be further developed. I would surf the web for interesting topics to look at because I believe that knowledge is a very valuable thing. Through my love of art, video games, and the internet, I found out about Communication Design and Interactive Media majors. Personality wise I am analytical, methodical, a person who pays attention to details, and plans things out in advance, but also very quiet at times due to having a lot of anxiety.
My artwork usually consists of illustrations of characters I like from some of my favorite shows, or some of my own original characters, as well as a mixture of portraits of people and expressive art using and experimenting with ink and watercolor. However, in 10 years I hope to see myself doing more digital art designing fictional landscapes and doing character design for both animation and gaming companies.

My Courses

Science Fiction

Science Fiction

Study of science fiction literature and film, with attention to cultural implications of the genre. Explores the questions science and technology raise about past, present, and future societies. Projects, presentations, and exams based on readings. *Avatar Image Credit: Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez, Citlali: Cortando Nopalitos y Echando Tortillas en Outer Space / Citali: Slicing Nopalitos and Making Tortillas in Outer Space (2015)

COMD3504 Communication Design Theory, OL01Fall 2020

COMD3504 Communication Design Theory, OL01Fall 2020

This course will offer an in-depth introduction to communication design theory, examining theoretical perspectives of design practice within the larger discourse of design and visual culture. Communication models, the nature of representation, the dimensions of context and semiotics will be explored through critical readings from key documents written between the early decades of the twentieth century and the present.

COMD4900 OL92 1476 Internship Summer2020

COMD4900 OL92 1476 Internship Summer2020

Internship in Communication Design (Summer Intensive) Assignment to field work/study situations of approximately eight to 20 plus hours per week at a graphic arts-related internship site approved by the department internship director. Sites may be in areas such as advertising, printing, corporate communications or publishing. Students keep a log/journal to be shared in group seminars/discussions. Supervision is by faculty and by the job supervisor. Students will be required to keep a learning journal of their internship in the form of a blog using Open Lab.

COMD 3613 Advanced Illustration (Developing an Illustration Brand)

COMD 3613 Advanced Illustration (Developing an Illustration Brand)

This course is designed to prepare students for entry into the professional world of illustration. We will exam methodologies for assembling a “targeted” portfolio for specific markets, by developing a personal illustration style. Students will learn how to brand and market that style. Writing professional proposals and creating self-generated projects will also be stressed. Business procedures, artist resources, creating a client list, and job-hunting skills will be discussed.

COMD 2427 Typographic Design III D215 Spring 19

COMD 2427 Typographic Design III D215 Spring 19

OER Open Education Resource Advanced typographic design principles. Typographic applications for web design, print and motion graphics are explored, as well as integration of design and production in the laboratory.

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