Adobe CC Poster Competition

Adobe CC Poster Competition

This month ACU student designers have a chance to help spread the word that Adobe Creative Cloud is on campus.

Library Digital_Adobe at ACUCreate a poster that represents ACU in color or imagery, and fits in the Adobe poster series, for a chance to win an iPad mini and have your poster featured prominently on campus! Three runner-ups will also receive an Adobe grab bag.


– Download the Poster Competition Template
– Design a custom background
– Use one of the three slogans: “Make it Here”, “Make it Yours”, OR “Make it ACU.”
– Submit your poster as a PDF to adobeatacu@gmail.com

The submission deadline is Friday, December 4th. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and contacted shortly after the deadline regarding prizes.

Please email us at adobeatacu@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Adobe MAX 2015

Adobe MAX 2015

Last week, a team of 6 ACU faculty and staff rubbed shoulders with pro filmmakers, authors, photographers and engineers at Adobe’s annual creative conference, Adobe MAX.

Watch the MAX Kick-off video and prepare to be blown away.



The event is not only an inspiring collection of creative work from filmmakers, special effects artists and graphic designers, but this year Adobe included sessions focused on Education, including a full-day executive briefing with ACU joining representatives from Clemson, UC Berkeley, University of the Arts, and our hosts at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Creative Cloud is already the industry standard for creative work in media, web and design. Now that Adobe CC is available to all students, faculty and staff, we look forward to seeing how it can impact your work as well.


Check out the keynotes and select sessions from MAX 2015 and kick off your creative journey.

Visit http://max.adobe.com/sessions/max-online/  

Storytelling with Students in Oxford

Enjoyed working with Dr. Jeff Childers and Jacque Morrison and students in the Oxford Study Abroad program to shape digital stories that reflect on their international experiences this semester. Students were asked to produce projects that reflected on how experiences, people, or places they encountered this semester changed the way they looked at themselves, making them feel like an outsider or tied to a new community.

Really pleased with the work these students produced alongside their other work and to the collaborations with on-site faculty. A great few days.

Photoshop Boot Camp online workshop

Photoshop Boot Camp online workshop

Last fall Mike Wiggins, graphic designer and chair of the Department of Art & Design, led several workshops for faculty interested in learning to use Photoshop. Mike was very kind to come in and film the basic workshop in the studio and its now available as our first Adobe Boot Camp.

Mike has been working with Photoshop since version 1.0, so you’ll definitely appreciate the experience he brings to teaching the basics of working with text and layers.

SkillsChallengeOne feature of this Adobe Boot Camp model is combining video training with hands-on skills challenges. You can download the sample PSD file to follow along or watch the video the first time through and then try to recreate the example project at your own pace.

Thanks again to Mike Wiggins for working with us to produce a remarkable model for students and faculty picking up Photoshop for the first time. Stay tuned for additional Adobe Boot Camp titles coming soon.

Why I Teach storytelling projects

Enjoyed working with a great group of faculty producing digital stories that share their teaching philosophies. Thanks to Cheryl Bacon for proposing the prompt and working with Al Haley and Kyle Dickson in the Learning Studio to lead a great workshop.

Thanks to the participants for sharing their work.


DigitalStorytelling-2015Digital Storytelling workshop

May 13-15, beginning at 9:00am each day

To RSVP for the workshop:http://go.acu.edu/gearx

The week after finals, the Learning Studio will be hosting a 3-day digital storytelling workshop that provides faculty a chance to learn about media creation and work with colleagues and media specialists to develop an original digital story.

This workshop is perfect for anyone wanting to share their teaching vision in an upcoming teaching portfolio or considering a media project in a course in the fall. This May we’ll tell stories around “Why I Teach.”

Our lives have been shaped by great teachers. So much of the way we look at the world as parents, as men and women of faith, and as teachers ourselves is the product of those who modeled a unique vision for us. As we talk to our students and colleagues about who we are as teachers today, an important first step is learning to share our story.


Holocaust Memorials with Dr. Laura Carroll

This spring we were honored to work with Dr. Laura Carroll, associate professor of English, as our Faculty Media Fellow.

Dr. Carroll spent the fall semester in Oxford, England, as part of her second semester with the ACU Study Abroad program. While there, she also had an opportunity to continue work in a research area looking at the rhetoric of monuments and memorials, specifically focused on the remembrance of the Holocaust.

After returning to Abilene, she spent the spring semester working with Learning Studio staff and graduate media fellow Erin Daugherty on a scholarly storytelling project to share the implications of her research with new audiences.


Special thanks to Laura and Erin and to Mathew Bardwell in the Learning Studio for their contributions to this first faculty fellows project.


Interactive Design workshop in the LS

AndyPrattThis week the Art & Design department brought in Andy Pratt from San Francisco to lead a two-day workshop on Interactive Design. Fifteen students were selected to participate in the interactive workshop that ran Thursday and Friday this week in the Learning Studio. Andy walked students through the process of collaborating with developers and designers around the world on web media projects.

About Andy

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.

Web Portfolio

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

Introducing Lightboard

Since January one project we’ve been excited to share with the campus is our new Lightboard in the main studio. We’re currently piloting the tool with faculty in a few classes, and look forward to making it more broadly available in the future. Join us next Thursday in the Adams Center for a quick tour.



If you find yourself regularly describing key ideas visually through diagrams, outlines, or images on a whiteboard, we’d like to introduce you to Lightboard. This spring we’re piloting a new video tool in the Learning Studio that gives faculty the ability to create video content with annotations quickly and easily. Join us for lunch and a demonstration of the newest addition upstairs in the library.

Lightboard project page

@learningstudio on Twitter