Interactive Design Workshop
Led by Andy Pratt & Paige Baumgartner
April 6th – 7th
8:30am – 4:30pm
This workshop is a bootcamp of sorts, compressing into a two-day experience what a student may typically receive in an internship setting. It will focus on cutting edge practices and processes used in developing today’s top interactive media. The workshop explores everything from software and tools to techniques for working with clients. It’s an amazing opportunity for our students to build their knowledge, skills and resume in the fastest growing segment of the graphic design field.
About Andy Pratt
Andy has fifteen years of experience creating award-winning interactive media. He is an Executive Creative Director for Favorite Medium, a global design and technology agency with offices in Seoul and Singapore. Prior to this, he worked as a creative director at Funny Garbage, an interactive agency in New York City. This position afforded him the opportunity to work with some of the largest brands in the world, including the Smithsonian Institution, Cartoon Network, Noggin, Lego and Turner Broadcasting. His vision and strategy is showcased in apps, websites and on air content for these powerhouses, among many others.
Educator, Author and Speaker
Andy uses these same leadership skills to nurture the next generation of design professionals. He was an Adjunct Professor at the School of Visual Arts in their MFA program Designer as Entrepreneur, headed by Steve Heller and Lita Talarico. In addition, he was as a thesis advisor for graduating students, helping them shape and prepare their projects for public presentation.
Andy is the co-author and co-designer of a book published by Rockport Press in 2012. Titled Interactive Design: An Introduction to the Theory and Application of User-Centered Design, it’s aimed at college students and young professionals.
He is the co-creator of Oaklean, a community meet up intended to bring together the design and development community in the East Bay. He’s also the co-instructor of an online workshop for Creative Live entitled Modern Web Design Demystified, which teaches students how to collaborate with both developers and clients in order to create successful products.
He’s also in demand on the speaking circuit. Recent engagements include RGD: Future of Content (2016), SF Design Week (2016), Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (2016), RGD: Materials & Magic (2016), Neo SF (2105), Emerge (2015), Lean UX San Francisco (2014), Bitwise #FreakingBrilliant (2014), the Artifact Conferences in Rio de Janeiro (2014), Austin (2013) and Providence (2013), Pivotal Labs NYC (2013), and the Design Thinkers Conference (2012).
Emmy Award Winner, Global Media Award Nominee (x2), Webby Award Winner (x4), Webby Award People’s Voice Winner (x2), Webby Award Honoree, Webby Award Nominee (x10), Times Magazine Top 50 Sites, 21st Annual Mark Award Gold (x2), 21st Annual Mark Award Silver, Creativity 34 Winner, Interactive Media Award (x3), Print Regional Design Annual, Communicator Award, W3 Award (x3), HOW Interactive Design Award (x3), Spark Award Nominee
About Paige Baumgartner
Paige Baumgartner graduated in 2014 with a degree in Graphic Design, though fine arts was her first love. During her Junior year at ACU, she was fortunate enough to join the Department on one of their trips to NYC, which included a visit to Funny Garbage. As fate would have it, her now Creative Director, Andy Pratt, was working there at the time and she was fortunate enough to meet him. Fast forwarded a year, with the help of one Mr. Feerer, Paige was able to get back in contact with Andy who had since moved to Bay Area to work for Favorite Medium. A month later, she hopped a flight to San Francisco for an interview and on the spot accepted a design intern position following graduation.
For multiple reasons, Paige made the decision to move to Dallas at the end of her internship. Luckily the summer had apparently gone well enough that Favorite Medium offered her a full-time position as an Interaction Designer, despite relocating to Texas. For the past 3 years she has been working remotely from Common Desk in Dallas. Paige enjoys the challenge of designing and building digital products for notable clients including the Smithsonian Institute, War Ink, UCSF, LA Clean Incubator, Steelcase and Facebook.
Paige has had the pleasure to continue her fine arts passion through many side avenues, including live paintings at churches, commissioned art pieces, and personal projects. One of her illustrations, from college, was published in The Guardian along side a Roxane Gay article and she was also highlighted in an article by AIGA for an illustration she did on health. While Paige spends much of her working hours looking at screens–there’s nothing like putting a pen, brush, graphite to paper. And if you were wonder, it’s a tie between charcoal and oil paint for her “Favorite Medium”.