John O. Smith

teaching

My teaching is based on dialog. Classes emphasize process; challenging students to explore, set goals, create original work, critique, and present professionally. My goal is to provide educational opportunities to prepare all students for success. I am passionate about curriculum, and participate actively in education dialog and curriculum development. My current position is Professor of Graphic Design at the New York Institute of Technology BFA/MFA program in Beijing, China. I previously taught graphic design at university and college programs in the United States. My teaching experience includes all levels and areas of graphic design, typography, design history, digital photo, book arts, art foundation, academic and professional advising.

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 Student process work  |  Introductory Symbols for Graphic Design

 Process and thumbmail sketches for project to develop symbolic visualization of objects and actions

 Symbol exercises  |  Introductory Symbols for Graphic Design

 Symbols represent objects and actions  |   Ink, gouache, and Adobe Illustrator

 Letterform exercises  |  Introductory Typography

 Transform glyphs to create original compositions  |   Ink, gouache, and Adobe Illustrator

 Letterform exercises  |  Introductory Typography

 Transform glyphs to create original compositions  |   Ink, gouache, and Adobe Illustrator

 Letterform 3D exercises  |  Introductory Typography

 Transform 2D compositions into 3D form  |   Museum board construction

 Typographic semantics  |  Introductory Typography

 Typeset words to create meaning  |   Ink and Adobe InDesign

 Typeface compositions  |  Introductory Typography

 Promote and display an existing typeface using 2 spot colors  |   Adobe InDesign

 Type compositions  |  Introductory Typography

 Typeset an essay to create composition, hierarchy, and meaning  |   Adobe InDesign

 Type compositions  |  Introductory Typography

 Typeset an essay to create composition, hierarchy, and meaning  |   Adobe InDesign

 Image and type semantics  |  Introductory Typography

 Combine original photography and type to create meaning  |   Adobe Photoshop & Adobe InDesign

 Issue-based billboard  |  Photo for Graphic Design

 Art direct and shoot original photography, design issue billboard  |   Adobe Photoshop & Adobe InDesign

 Water conservation poster  |  Intermediate Graphic Design

 Black/white poster to create water conservation awareness for Spanish speaking audience

   Logo design  |  Intermediate Graphic Design

   Logo / identity for local business

 Magazine advertisement  |  Photo for Graphic Design

 Art direct and shoot original photography, design magazine ad for health product

 Magazine advertisement  |  Photo for Graphic Design

 Art direct and shoot original photography, design magazine ad for health product

 Identity design  |  Advanced Graphic Design

 Create logo and apply to full identity system

 Identity design  |  Advanced Graphic Design

 Create logo and apply to full identity system

 Identity design  |  Advanced Graphic Design

 Create logo and apply to full identity system

 Informational website  |  Advanced Graphic Design

 Design multi-page website for group of people with similar interests

 Beverage identity and packaging  |  Intermediate Graphic Design

 Research, branding, logo, and package prototype for beverage company

 Movie poster  |  Photo for Graphic Design

 Art direct and shoot original photography, design movie poster

 Movie poster  |  Photo for Graphic Design

 Art direct and shoot original photography, design movie poster

 Museum app guide  |  Advanced Graphic Design

 Design an app for a museum exhibition guide

 Coffee identity and packaging  |  Advanced Package Design

 Research regional architecture, design branding and package prototype for coffee company

 Game packaging  |  Advanced Package Design

 Design game and all components based on research of historical event

 Game packaging  |  Advanced Package Design

 Design game and all components based on research of historical event

 Information packaging  |  Advanced Package Design

 Design packaging system to present information for a craft or hobby

 Condom packaging  |  Advanced Package Design

 Develop brand and design packaging prototype for condom marketed to 3 demographics

 Museum exhibition identity & promotion  |  Advanced Graphic Design

 Design identity and set of promotional material for Smithsonian Museum exhibition

 Museum exhibition identity & promotion  |  Advanced Graphic Design

 Design identity and set of promotional material for Smithsonian Museum exhibition

 Museum app guide  |  Advanced Graphic Design

 Design an app for a museum exhibition guide

 SIGGRAPH poster  |  Advanced Graphic Design

 Posters to promote annual SIGGRAPH conference