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Famed Game Designer, Brenda Romero, Visited Cogswell College

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Yesterday award-winning game designer, artist, writer & creative director, Brenda Romero,  gave her IndieTalk, “Jiro Dreams of Game Design.” The talked was inspired by the movie, “Jiro Dreams of Shushi.”

If you ever wondered what a 3 star Michelin Chef can teach you about game design, well Brenda Romero has an answer. Even if you never wondered – Brenda’s talk was well worth listening to.

Brenda had been making games for Facebook where the mentality was to create minimum viable products. This approach meant that you expected to fix bugs and then add features as you discovered what players really wanted. You did not expect to ship, or strive for, a great game. In the real-world producers don’t say, “let’s make this game great so take all the time you want.” In the real-world the goal is to deliver games on time and on budget.

One of her personal projects was “Trains” – where every single decision mattered as she labored to make a game that was as good as she could make it. She had the luxury of time and never put in something to just to make the game work. She could wait until the right decision appeared.

She wondered what made some things great and others not. Then she came across asparagus – one perfectly prepared, perfectly decorated and perfectly presented plate of asparagus. She realized that a fully designed experience is the foundation of greatness.

Following are some of the things she learned from studying this 3 star group of chefs:

  • Great ideas – you can never rest on your laurels.
  • Great Ingredients – start with the best you can get. You will spend more time managing failures than successes.
  • Think in terms of shipping constantly – great chefs ‘ship’ 10,000 items during their lifetime while a game designer may only ship 100. Polish and perfect every step of the way.
  • Consistency – a chef must deliver every night.

Brenda will be presenting her talk at the upcoming GDC next spring.

Fond Memories from Casino Night 2013

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

In case you missed last Friday’s event – well, here’s a sampling of the fun you didn’t have. Great food, amazing costumes, a few hot hands at the craps table – and best of all – the chance to share an evening with some of the most intriguing people you will ever meet!

Animation Show of Shows Comes to Cogswell

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Cogswell College will have the distinct privilege of hosting “The Animation Show of Shows” right here on campus on September 24, 2013. This exclusive evening of short animated films brings together a collection of the best the film festival world has to offer. Many of these films have only been available on a limited basis – making this rare opportunity even more special.

DATE:  Tuesday, September 24, 2013

TIME:  7:00 to 9:00PM

PLACE:  Dragon’s Den

SEATING IS LIMITED

RSVP:  Sign up in the Pulse Office and pick up your ticket

Since 1998, The Animation Show of Shows has selected the best in animated short films from the world’s most renowned animation festivals and presented them at the major animation studios to inspire their animators and directors. The screenings at major studios such as DreamWorks, Pixar, Disney and many others throughout North America have served to inspire and enrich the many professionals who have been lucky enough to see them.

The techniques range from hand-drawn, paint on glass and stop-motion, to the latest computer-generated imagery, with its ability to conjure entire worlds with astonishing verisimilitude. Together these films capture, in the words of Andrew Stanton, director of Finding Nemo, “all the wit, cleverness, integrity, warmth and humor that humanity is capable of,” and have a universal appeal that makes them ideal for sharing with family and friends.

Join us in the Dragon’s Den on Tuesday, September 24, to enjoy the art, talent and creativity of some of the best animators in the world.

Try These Tips to Feel Like a Brand New Person

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Do you ever feel like you are stuck in a rut and just can’t quite get those creative juices churning? From switching it up, to laughing out loud, to accomplishing tasks, here are ten quick tips to help you change your outlook.

What do you do when you feel like you are spinning your wheels and going nowhere?

The Gangs all Here Again!

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

While the temperature outside doesn’t feel like Fall, it’s definitely Fall here at Cogswell. We’d like to say welcome back to all our new and returning students. It’s so great to see the classrooms and halls filled again after the two week break!

Images from Summerfest 2013

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

If you missed this event – we’re sorry. Here’s a recap of the day:

Water Slides, Slip n’ Slide, Boffer Sword Battle, Inflatable Boxing, Pie Eating Contest – oh, my! But that’s not all – Baton Jousting, Lemon Jousting, Water Pong, Video Games, Live Bands and did we mention – FREE FOOD!

Looks like fun but you just couldn’t make it last Saturday?  Well, there’s always next year!

Women in Animation Presentation at Pixar

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Cogswell College students at the Women in Animation San Francisco Pixar Studio event.

On July 16 more than 20 female students attended the Women in Animation San Francisco screening of Monsters University at Pixar Studio. After the movie, everyone at the event had the chance to listen to a panel of talented women who worked in Technical, Artistic and Production roles on the film followed by an audience Q&A session.

Rosalie Wynne, one of the students who attended was impressed by the size of Pixar and the amenities they provide their employees like the dining areas all over the building. “I also enjoyed touring the second floor where they kept their art gallery and had some concept art on display,” she said.

Students Rosalie Wynne and Cara Ricci at Pixar

Rosalie noticed that the panelist had mostly arrived at Pixar in the mid-1990s to early-2000s and were able to work their way up the ranks. She doesn’t think that approach will work now. “Our generation has to have all this schooling and amazing portfolios and reels to be considered for jobs now. I think the days are mostly past when  you can start at the bottom and work your way up into an artist’s position,” she added.

One of the main things the panelists stressed was the importance of being collaborative and to learn to communicate effectively. They said overall, working at Pixar is about being a team player plus learning when to fight for your ideas and when to let them go.

At Cogswell College – in addition to an amazing faculty and curriculum – we provide multiple learning experiences both through on-campus and off-campus events.

Students Amanda Martinez, Ashley Evans, Jennifer Hicks and friends at Pixar.

Join Cogswell for Some Twitter Fun Next Week

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Between Monday, June 24, and Monday, July 1, your tweets and retweets can earn you the chance to win a $50 Amazon gift certificate.

You can either retweet any of the @CogswellCollege tweets or you can tweet you answer to this question: “Which animated character reminds you of yourself and why?” Multiple tweets with different answers are encouraged. Be creative!! Remember – the more tweets or retweets, the better.

Rules:

  1. Twitter account must be following @CogswellCollege to be eligible
  2. Each Tweet must contain #CogswellCollege to be counted as an entry
  3. Retweets from your followers will count as an additional entry
  4. Only tweets and retweets between midnight on June 23, 2013 and midnight on July 1, 2013 meeting contest criteria will be eligible for contest entry
  5. The more tweets and retweets per account, the more chances that person will have to win
  6. Contest winner will be announced on July 2 at 1:00PM PST

We look forward to seeing what you have to say. Happy Tweeting!!

Welcome back for the Summer Term

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Welcome back to the Summer Term! We’re happy to see so many of you back on campus and hope you enjoy the great line-up of classes!

Here are a few “first day of class” shots.

How many of you are taking one of these classes or remember taking these classes?

Portrait Sculpture class with Thomas Applegate

Hip Hop Narrative class with Bret Sweet

C Programming Class with Jerome Solomon

Storyboard Class with Jeff Jackson

Desktop Production Fundamentals with Tony Dias

Introduction to Photography with Karen Keister

Reason Group Meets at Cogswell College

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

If you are a Propellerhead, then you just missed a chance to mingle with and learn from some of the best in the field. On May 4, 23 Reason fans gathered in the Dragon’s Den at Cogswell College to dive more deeply into the features and functionality of Reason 7.

One enthusiast drove all the way up from Los Angeles to meet some of his idols. “I got to meet Peff & EditEd as well as other Reason users from the Bay area,” he said.

More events are sure to follow!

Alan Strahsburg showing off what's new in Propellerhead Reason 7

Ed Bauman showing 'ReCover' work he did for Frederic Riesterer

Kurt Kurasaki from PEEF demoing how to use Rack Extension plugins Directre and Buffre