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OHIO professor emeritus and former White House photographer Pete Souza to have documentary produced about him

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On the heels of last year's sensation Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Focus Features is set to produce an upcoming documentary about former Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza. He is a professor emeritus at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication and was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 2001 as part of the Chicago Tribune staff.

Visual storytellers share their craft at Visual Discovery Symposium

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Michael Stoll, professor and head of the Information Design track at Augsburg University, Germany, explains an infographic from the forthcoming Taschen book, “History of Information Graphics"

ATHENS, Ohio – The School of Visual Communication (VisCom) in Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication hosted the Visual Discovery Symposium on Thursday, November 7, in the Athena Cinema in uptown Athens. Marking the beginning of the second annual Visual Discovery Conference, the symposium featured speakers from as far away as Germany on topics such as historical information design, infographics and extended reality (XR) design.

The symposium began with a presentation from Karl Gude, professor of practice at Michigan State University and director of the Media Sandbox. Gude’s session was titled “But I’m not Creative!” He described the common tendency people have to claim that they weren’t born creative, which Gude argued is a misconception.

“There’s no evidence that the baby in that incubator next to you is more creative than you,” Gude joked.

He outlined five ways his audience could unleash their creativity, including pushing their comfort zones, challenging assumptions and learning brainstorming techniques.

Catherine Ma, a PhD candidate at the University of Miami in Florida, presented a session on the emerging data journalism field in China and presented some of the work she created as a data journalist.

Madeline Lane, a junior publication design major at OHIO, presented her project, “Madeline through the Ages,” in which she manipulated photos from her sorority’s historic composite collections of members. Lane used Photoshop to merge the faces in six photographs from 1910-1980 with her own face. She explained that the idea evolved during discussions in the class she took from VisCom professor John Grimwade, and what she learned through the process.

“The core of who we are is generally the same, minus the goofy hairstyles and …trends,” Lane said.

Alyssa Fowers, a Data Science for the Public Good graduate fellow studying data visualization at the University of Miami, presented a session called “Reason Over Rules: Making good infographic decisions” which described a book project she is developing with renowned data visualization expert Alberto Cairo.

Ana Mojica Myers, who teaches cartography and GIS and mapping as an assistant professor of instruction at Ohio University, presented a session on web mapping.

Michael Stoll, professor and head of the Information Design track at Augsburg University, Germany, discussed a forthcoming book, “History of Information Graphics,” to which he contributed some items from his personal collection. The selected pieces included the first world map to include America, created in 1507, a first aid handbook from 1507 that included some vivid illustrations of battlefield injuries, and a warship diagram from 1705.

The presentation included some elements of instruction for the audience which was largely made up of visual communication students from OHIO and the other schools participating in the Visual Discovery Conference.

Projecting images from the 1968 book “How Babies Are Made,” Stoll praised the “calmed-down layout” as appropriate for the delicate subject matter.

“We must enable thinking,” he said. “We should not block thinking through shock, for example”

Nina Krug, Nadine Ehrenberg, Lara Thiel and Simon Schabel, all students at Augsburg University, presented a session on “Tangible, explorable infographics, and Adonis Durado, former Knight Fellow in the School of Visual Communication, presented “the World of XR.”

Roughly 70 students and faculty members continued the exploration of visual storytelling during the Visual Discovery Conference over the weekend. Attendees worked in teams to develop projects on the regionally-focused themes of mining, the Ridges and beermaking.

The conference was conceived in 2017 by a group of visual design faculty members who wanted to provide a professional-quality conference experience for their students, who are often unable to attend conferences due to cost. There was no registration fee for the Visual Discovery Conference and faculty presenters forgo their usual presenting fees in order to keep costs low.

Groups presented their projects on Monday, November 11, in Schoonover Center room 450.

 

 

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To kick off the 2019 Visual Discovery Conference, practitioners from institutions around the world shared their projects and innovations at the Visual Discovery Symposium held at the Athena Cinema in uptown Athens on November 7.

Thought leaders in visual storytelling to present at symposium Nov. 7

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ATHENS, Ohio – The School of Visual Communication in Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication will host the Visual Discovery Symposium on Thursday, November 7, in the Athena Cinema in uptown Athens. The symposium begins at 3 p.m. and is open to the public, with limited seating. Marking the beginning of the second annual Visual Discovery Conference, the symposium will feature speakers from as far away as Germany on topics such as historical information design, infographics and extended reality (XR) design.

The full symposium schedule is below.

Welcome
3 - 3:15 p.m.
Scott Titsworth, Tim Goheen 

But, I’m Not Creative!
3:15 - 4 p.m.
Karl Gude, Michigan State University 

Data Visualization in China
4 - 4:15 p.m.
Catherine Ma, University of Miami, Florida

“Madeline through the Ages,” sorority photo project
4:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Madeline Lane, Ohio University 

Ten-minute break

Historical Gems, new book to be published by Taschen: “History of Information Graphics”
4:40 pm - 5:15 p.m.
Michael Stoll, Augsburg University, Germany  

Reason Over Rules: Making good infographic decisions, book project with Alberto Cairo
5:15 - 5:30 p.m.
Alyssa Fowers, University of Miami, Florida  

Web mapping from A to Z
5:30 - 6 p.m.
Ana Mojica Myers, Ohio University  

Tangible, Explorable Infographics
6:00 - 6:15 p.m.
Nina Krug, Nadine Ehrenberg, Lara Thiel and Simon Schabel, Augsburg University 

The World of XR
6:15 - 6:45 p.m.
Adonis Durado, Ohio University  

Finale
6:45 - 7 p.m.
Tim Goheen/John Grimwade   

A group of roughly 60 students and faculty from Ohio University and visual communication programs at several other universities will continue the exploration of visual storytelling during the Visual Discovery Conference over the weekend. Guided by faculty members, groups of students will work in teams to develop projects on the regionally-focused themes of mining, the Ridges and beermaking.

Groups will present their projects on Monday, November 11, from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., in Schoonover Center room 450. That event is also free and open to the public.

 

 

 

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The public is welcome to attend the Visual Discovery Symposium at the Athena Grand Thursday, November 7, at 3 p.m.

WOUB Launches New Ad Campaign

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Rebranding effort aims to spread the word about WOUB to wider audience

International visual storytelling conference to be held at OHIO Nov. 7-11

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Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication and the School of Visual Communication announce the 2019 Visual Discovery Conference. Following the inaugural conference in Venice, Italy, in 2018, this visual storytelling conference will be held on the Athens Campus Nov. 7-11, 2019.

Alumnus Spotlight - Mark Malabrigo, BFA '82

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July 10, 2020
Mark Malabrigo, BFA '82, is the Group Art Supervisor for Neon-NYC.
Mark Malabrigo, BFA '82, is the Group Art Supervisor for Neon-NYC.

Hometown: East Rutherford, N.J.

Year Graduated: 1982

School: Ohio University School of Visual Communication

Major: Visual Communication

Current job title and location: Group Art Supervisor, Neon-NYC

What do you do? Other than pushing and bullying pixels across the screen?

I spearhead the creative on my assigned brand (under NDA so I cannot discuss nor mention.)  

Over the years, I’ve become the go-to person for video, audio and animation, a position that I’ve cultivated and developed within the agency.

Tell us about your career path. Which one? I think I’ve had four.

After graduating, I packed up my ’74 Plymouth Fury and moved to New York to become a photographer’s assistant. After a few years, I started to take on fashion and music clients such as Stern’s, Sony, Virgin Records, MTV Networks, etc...

As technology started to take hold, I started to focus on technology and was later hired by MTV Networks to manage corporate interactive projects. My team, comprised of two OU graduates, Chris McKenzie and Mugur Marculescu, helped develop the industry-first prototype for a streaming video player that eventually became MTV Overdrive, which became the platform template for all the Viacom channels.

After MTVN, I produced independent projects for Miss Universe Organization (yes, I’ve met Donald Trump) and Christie’s Auction House. 

Which brings me to Neon… a complete change in direction. I have no formal training in graphic design, yet the managing partner brought in as an art director. Since then, I’ve grown to lead the creative on certain brands, as well as expanding the agency’s video capabilities. 

By the way, I miss my Plymouth. You could’ve fit a whole studio apartment in that car.

What made you come to Ohio University? Were there other places you considered? I never really considered any other school. I was transferring from a community college for engineering when I met the recruiter from OHIO, who spoke about the fine arts photo department at (then) Siegfried Hall. I was intrigued and, eventually, switched majors. 

How did the Scripps College of Communication equip you with the skills you needed to succeed? The core concepts of fine art and commercial photography were certainly invaluable. However, as poor starving art students, we were short of resources so we became adept at improvisation and invention out of necessity. When you don't have resources, you learn to be resourceful. 2x4s, shower curtains, duct tape, and drywall screws were the four elements of creation. Go ask Gary Kirksey, a friend through college and my roommate in the early New York years.   

What about your experiences here was so memorable? Should I ever mention Court Street? Or playing racquetball with Terry Eiler for grades (kidding)? Maybe watching a photography set catch on fire because someone forgot to turn off their hot lights?

I had forgotten how beautiful the campus was. I had the opportunity to come back and speak to students years ago and said to myself, “How could I forget this?” For those of you walking around campus with your faces buried in your phone, please look up and take notice where you are. You, ladies and gentlemen, are luckier than you realize.

What advice do you have for current students?

  • Define the terms of your success and happiness. Don’t let social media say otherwise. And, for goodness sake, don’t be in such a rush.
  • The answer is “no” if you don’t ask.
  • Turn your phone off.
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Mark Malabrigo, BFA '82, is the Group Art Supervisor for Neon-NYC.

WOUB Rolling Out New Logo as Part of Rebrand

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New logo crafted by Ohio University School of Visual Communication Professor

2019 Visual Communication Alumna Liz Moughon: Photo Intern in LA

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July 10, 2020
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Major: Visual Communication – photojournalism

Plans after graduation: I will be the summer photo intern at the Los Angeles Times. 

What clubs and organizations were you involved in? I was very active in the National Press Photographers Association Ohio University chapter (NPPAOU) as the president my senior year and the vice-president my junior and sophomore year. I was also a stringer for The Post my freshman year and a photo editor my sophomore year.

Did you have any jobs on campus? Yes, I worked in Boyd cafeteria briefly and was the PACE photographer for the College of Health Sciences and Professions, University College and the College of Business over the course of my four years. I also photographed weddings and family portraits occasionally, but it wasn’t through the university.

Did you complete any internships? What were they? Where? Yes, I was the San Francisco Chronicle photo intern in the summer of 2018 and the Courier-Journal photo intern in the summer of 2017 in Louisville, Ky.

Briefly describe the aspects of your Scripps experience that you think most helped you land your job: My photojournalism professors constantly pushed me to look deeper into myself and create more compelling work. There was always room for improvement, and they pushed me gently. VisCom also connected me to many conferences and workshops where I was able to meet top editors in this profession. This industry is all about networking, and as there are many OU alumni out there, this was a great place to begin.

How do you feel about graduating? Bittersweet and grateful. I am personally ready for a break from the grind of classes, but I will miss this community. I know other wonderful communities are in my future, but there will never be one like this one! It was such an intense time with special people, and I’m leaving happy and grateful for the VisCom family who helped shape me as a person.

A new class of Ohio University students is coming to campus for Bobcat Student Orientation this month. If you could tell them one thing, what would it be? Definitely have a good time and prioritize people but know that the opportunities you get out of college are due to how hard you hustle in college. Take every chance to build your professional career. Some experiences will seem dry, but if they build character and offer ways to build your professional self, take them. Much of college is about building you as a person, so sometimes beneficial experiences are not always the most obvious or glamorous. Cherish these years!

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Visual communication major, Liz Moughon, is heading to LA to start her position as a summer photo intern with the Los Angeles Times. 

Photography at Summer Art Camp on Hocking Campus

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VisCom professor Josh Birnbaum teaches campers about photography and editing through a project called “my future self" at Nelsonville's annual Circle Round the Square summer camp.

2019 VisCom Alumna Emma Kramer: Social Media in Denver

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Emma Kramer

Major: Information Design: Publication in the School of Visual Communication (VisCom)

Plans after graduation: I will be the Social Media and Content Coordinator for the Colorado Rapids in Denver, CO. 

What clubs and organizations were you involved in? I was in the University Program Council until I accepted an internship with the Columbus Blue Jackets during my senior year. 

Did you have any jobs on campus? I was a College Ambassador in Schoonover Center. I was also a Learning Community Leader for two years. 

Did you complete any internships? What were they? Where? I had four different internships with four different sports organizations during my time at Ohio University. After my freshman year I interned with the Lake Erie Crushers in Avon, OH. I was their Graphic Design and Marketing and Promotions intern. Following my sophomore year I freelanced for the Amherst Steele High School hockey team in Amherst, OH. as their Graphic Designer and Social Media Coordinator. I helped them get their name out into the community after the team disbanded for 4 years. During my junior year I started interning with Columbus Crew SC, the Major League Soccer team in Columbus, OH. I was their Digital and Social Media intern, which is where I truly found my love for the digital department in sports. During my senior year I began my Marketing internship with the Columbus Blue Jackets, also in Columbus, OH. My second semester junior year and my entire senior year I would commute to and from Athens up to Columbus to complete my internships while also taking classes. 

Briefly describe the aspects of your Scripps experience that you think most helped you land your job: I think that Scripps gives the students a lot of freedom to explore every opportunity out there. Without flexible class schedules and the professors willingness to learn where a students interest lies it wouldn't have been possible for me to accept internships an hour and a half away from OU. Karen Peters, the Internship Coordinator is a huge asset to the college as well. She worked with me to help me get in contact with professionals in the sports industry and helped me utilize LinkedIn even more than I already was. Overall, students, professors and faculty are all willing to help someone land their dream job or internship. Every person I have encountered at Scripps and Ohio University have made a lasting impact on my time here and have attributed to my success. I am extremely thankful for the Scripps College of Communication and the dedicated people that help the students find their own success. 

How do you feel about graduating? Although I am sad to be leaving Athens and Ohio University I am beyond excited to be starting my next adventure in Denver. OU has been preparing me for this new and exciting challenge for the past four years and I can't wait to get started with the Rapids. 

In June, a whole new class of Ohio University students will be coming to campus for Bobcat Student Orientation. If you could tell them one thing, what would it be? Take advantage of every single opportunity that is available to you. You will never truly learn what you want to do without taking different classes, accepting as many internships as possible and embracing all the knowledge that is at the palm of your hand. 

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VisCom Publication Design major, Emma Kramer, is heading to Denver, Colorado, to start her position as the Social Media and Content Coordinator for the Colorado Rapids.