Parsons

  • Profile:

    Tom has taught computer graphics applications at the New School/Parsons for over twenty years. Over the years, he has evolved a teaching style that is strongly hands-on, exploratory, thoughtful and fun. He has been a senior trainer, designer, published author and illustrator, beta-tester, researcher, project manager and Unit Director. For many years, Tom designed and developed health educational and promotional materials for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He also teaches at NYU's School of Professional Studies (NYU-SPS).

    Office Hours:

    Will be discussed in class.

    Degrees Held:

    Tom’s academic background includes an MPA (from Princeton) and a BA (from Yale). He learned his computer graphic skills from coursework at SVA and the New School, Adobe seminars, conferences, many years teaching and training, and on-the-job learning and self-study.

    Professional Affiliations:

    Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni (APGA); Woodrow Wilson School Alumni Association; Yale Alumni Association of New York; Phi Beta Kappa; World Science Festival; Planetary Society.

    Recent Publications:

    Books/other:
    Melissa on Parade, Bradbury Press (children’s book I wrote and illustrated). This book grew out of a Parsons course I took, taught by Maurice Sendak.  
    Woodrow Wilson School Calendar, Princeton University Press (calendar featuring my political cartoons)  
    Egg Story, self-published (children’s book I wrote and illustrated)
    An Adobe Illustrator Guide to Type Effects and Logo Building, self-published (training book)
    Free-lance (early in my career): My drawings appeared in the Village Voice, the Nation, Ms. and Foreign Policy Magazine

    Publications/other:
    I wrote and published several articles on NYC public health issues/services during my many years working with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Also during these years I helped develop and design a wide range of health educational and promotional materials used by the Department, including pamphlets, fact sheets, research reports, subway posters, memorabilia, instructional modules, web materials, and program and project logos. These materials, which were distributed through many venues, aimed at making the public aware of health issues and health campaigns, and encouraged New Yorkers to utilize public and community services available to them. 

    Performances And Appearances:

    Computer graphics training sessions for United Digital Artists (UDA) and UDA clients.

    Presentations, reports, publications and design work for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

    Research Interests:

    Graphic design, communication, logo-creation/brand identity, interactivity, animation, user-friendliness, infographics, how art, science and technology intersect, public health

    Awards And Honors:

    Yale University Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum laude

    Princeton University
         2006 my Woodrow Wilson caricature/portrait presented to the Woodrow Wilson School at the WWS 2006 Colloquium
         2008 Certificate of Appreciation for Reunion design work
         2011 induction into Princeton's honorary Society of the Claw

    Current Courses:

    Dig Graphics w/Illustrator 1 (Open Campus)

    Dig Graphics w/Illustrator 1 (Open Campus)

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