Posts Tagged ‘cogswell’

Dare of the Week: 008

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Minimalistic Poster

It has been a while since the last dare. Sorry about that, we had some problems on our end. That aside, I have a new dare for you! This one is influenced by Pixar this time around. As some of you may know, we are celebrating our 125 Year Anniversary here at the Cogswell. On that same note, Pixar is Celebrating their 25 Year Anniversary and with that they released a cool little poster recently that I love.

Pixar Poster

Dare of the Week: 008
Do a cool minimalistic poster for Cogswell’s 125 Years Anniversary

And remember, once you are finished, post those final images here:


Cogswell College on ABC News

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

esterday a camera crew from ABC News came and did a story on the Project X class and the films it has produced yesterday here on campus! It was really cool when a large group of us sat around the tv in the student lounge and watched when they aired it last night. Also, I just got the link for the online version! So, check it out everyone!

The link to the whole article is here:

Doug Solomon on Innovation

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Lecture about Innovation in New Venture

Yesterday I had the great honor and pleasure of sitting in on a class that was being led by a immensely genius man; Doug Solomon. The school was lucky to have a connection to his employer, IDEO, a company that deals in creating innovative solutions for companies. In Cogswell’s Entrepreneurial marketing class students work on marketing plans for their ventures while being instructed in marketing strategy for start-ups. They bring in a guest speaker each week to discuss real life topics. Doug graciously decided to come to the school and give a talk about innovation for new ventures to the Marketing class. The information that he provided on the creative process and the steps that are required to really understand the product, service or content for a client was by far some of the best I have ever heard. I was not alone in my opinion of Mr. Solomon, the students and faculty had many questions for him through his talk and soaked up his answers like it was distilled success. I think I speak for everyone who was there that we look forward to trying to get Doug back for another talk sometime soon.


Dare of the Week: 007

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Zombies Dare: Draw Abe Lincoln
Dare time ya’ll! This one is in honor of the release of the amazingly cool trailer; Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (and Presidents Day). I got totally inspired to draw something crazy when I saw that trailer and thought maybe you guys could join me. Instead of making you go and do an extravagant painting or drawing I ended up finding this little picture of a sculptural bust of good ol’ Honest Abe. So whats the dare you ask?

Dare of the Week: 007
Do a study of the Abe Lincoln bust, no restrictions.

Here is the source file again for Abe just in case you didn’t see it in the main message.

And remember, post those final images here:


10 Tips for Making Amazing Business Cards

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

business card design

So this week I was updating my business cards and had a talk with a few other people about their cards as well. I was going to write my own article on this subject, but instead of giving you my single opinion on the matter, I decided to go out and scour the internets to find a good article that someone else wrote (that way you know it’s not just me that follows these guidelines). I have found a list of 10 tips for you guys that are really helpful and accurate! Read up, have fun, design some really cool business cards!


Dare of the Week: 006

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Liam Neeson Vs. ???

Time for the Dare of the Week ya’ll! I am trying really hard not to laugh at this one, the idea came from a friend who suggested I try this. I would really like to see some fun results with this one! This time, I am totally participating even if you guys don’t.

Dare of the Week: 005
Liam Neeson vs. ???

Get to photoshopping! The source files for this challenge are here and here. They are already cut out and ready to be modified, so have fun and get creative! Post your final images here:


Epic Tutorial: 003

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Justice Bass Tutorial

EPIC TUTORIAL TIME!!! This one is for you sound guys out there. If you are at all a Justice fan like myself, then you might like this great little tutorial about how to achieve that signature bass sound that Justice fills their fan’s ears with. Do it audio students, and then send me your track that you make with it! See you around.


The Offering is on Vimeo

Monday, February 13th, 2012

The Offering - Short Animated Film

Hey guys,

Just thought I would let you know that the first Project X film, The Offering, is now on Vimeo for everyone to see. This channel is going to be dedicated to the outstanding work of Cogswell students. And on that note, I will now link you to the beautiful piece of art and look forward to seeing many more amazing videos up on this Vimeo channel. See ya later everyone!


Dare of the Week: 005

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Top 10 Study/Doing Homework Songs

Oh wow, I can’t believe its already time for the next dare! I was sitting and trying to come up with something a little different that ANYBODY could do and I think I have a good one. So here is comes ya’ll!

Dare of the Week: 005
Make a list of your Top 10 Study/Doing Homework songs!!!

The benefit to this is that you will be posting your lists in a public area, people will read them and could check you music that they might not have ever tried listening to otherwise. Post your lists here:


Murs was here…

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Murs: Underground Rapper
Hey everyone, the Entrepreneurship program is here to report on a great experience that happened recently. On, January 19th we had the honor of accompanying Cogswell’s Entrepreneur professor Bret Sweet as he took L.A. local rapper Nick Carter A.K.A. MURS throughout the halls of our college to meet our students and professors. MURS has been in the rapping/hip-hop business ever since he was 14 and since then has been a part of more than 20 albums, created many singles and EP’s, and even has his music played in various video games that have been released in the last 5 years. He started out as an independent artist going to rap battles routinely, which gained him the title of “The guy you don’t beat…you hope he doesn’t beat you.” He even has run the annual Paid Dues Festival for independent hip hop and rap artists since 2006. He has dabbled in other musical media such as a punk band out of Jacksonville, Florida named Whole Wheat Bread.

While here, MURS was looking for well versed animators for a future project and when Bret informed him about our school being one of the top digital arts schools in the country, he couldn’t resist. As we walked around the campus, Bret explained that this school had all the things that he and MURS wished for in their youth such as a safe environment to learn about the digital entertainment medium and where students don’t have to hide who they are. MURS lit up with joy with every corner that we passed where artwork from students, both past and present, decorated the walls. He even said at one point that he was a bit of a nerd himself, being into many different comic book series, cartoons, movies and dabbling in the digital medium for his own projects.

MURS was lucky enough to catch Project X Director Michael Huber and discuss their professions and share some stories about their struggles in their media. MURS had watched Project X’s first film, The Offering, and fell in love with what our students could do and had nothing but praise for Michael. MURS also got to meet with our comic book expert, Dave Perry. They became friends quickly just throwing out topics on comic books, having a great back and forth, MURS letting Dave know about his own comic book that he wanted to make into an animated film. Both Michael and Dave were very impressed with the ideas that MURS had expressed, which prompted everyone to exchange contact information for future projects.

It turns out that even our students were huge fans of MURS and anticipated his arrival. Needless to say, our students are unique so the talks that went down with MURS definitely made him laugh. It was definitely not as crazy as some of his performances where he has fans cheering for him and his lyrics, but the excitement was still present. MURS really loved that he was well known around the school but was still humble whenever Bret tried to speak of his great work within the music industry. It did surprise a few fans around campus that he was a very relaxed and approachable person since he puts so much passion into his music. One of our most excited students was Dashiell who had been told MURS was going to be visiting days before and was eager to meet him. When MURS came around, Dashiell was almost speechless but still shook his hand and started talking about the different things he’s done while here at Cogswell. It was quite the experience for the both of them since MURS had expressed much love for what we do here at the college and hearing a student speak so passionately about it made him smile.

MURS really seemed to enjoy his time here at Cogswell as much as we were to have him be here. Bret and MURS even found time to catch up being friends from the past and all. We enjoyed MURS’s company and hope he comes back soon to visit and possibly join us in future projects. We wish Nick a safe trip back to L.A. and success in his future endeavors!

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