The Break(out) is Upon Us


For students completing the Portfolio Class: You will need to have the following completed by May 16th at 10AM. If you do not have the following completed by this date, you cannot receive a passing grade in the course.

1. Resume and Cover Letter approved by Daniel Phelps.

2. Final Project Proposal approved by Michael Smith.

3. A final blog post which includes a URL pointing to your portfolio due on May 23rd at 10AM. You will be required to briefly present your portfolio on May 23rd 10AM.

For students completing their Final Project: You will need to present your project on May 23rd at 10AM. Prepare to talk about the the work completed during the semester as well as reflecting on your original intentions and process you went through. You will be afforded 10-15 minutes for your presentation.

As well you are required to have a final post in this blog due before your presentation on May 23rd at 10AM, without which you cannot receive a grade. The post must include the following:

1. Work Completed – You must give a detailed description of what you made as well as hyperlinks and embeds of the work. The description should include details about quantities, length, characters, content, locations, etc…

2. Process – What tools did you use and why? How did things work the way you wanted or not? If you were part of a group project, you must specify your particular contributions. You should be respectful of the group process, but try as to single out your individuality and how your contributions affected the direction of the project.

3. Reflection – What was the plan and what actually happened? What did you learn from the project you did not expect? What might you do differently from the beginning knowing what you discovered in making what you made?

Halt! Haus Internet Pass!



Castle Wolfenstein was a stealth based action adventure shooter game from the 80s I used to play as a kid. You were a spy trying to steal war plans from the Nazis in their secret command center inside Castle Wolfenstein. As you moved through the castle, guards would notice you and in an 8 bit voice yell, ‘Halt! Haus Pass.” At this point you had three options: shoot, run, or produce a forged pass. You also had the opportunity to disguise yourself as a guard for periods of time and run amok unnoticed.

I want to use Castle Wolfenstein as metaphor for the internet you’re exploring and in which you’re trying to find the secret plans for your digital identity, that will help you win…the war? No not the war, but the battle for ownership and control over your digital self. Think of the guard that asks for you credentials as one of many, many sites and social networks that demand information about yourself. Some of them require real names, some allow you to use pseudonyms. They gather enormous amounts of information about you, database it and hope to glean from it a better understanding of you than yourself. Think of it as the guard becoming interrogator.

I’d like you to become the interrogator now, not of others, but the web itself and your presence in it. How are you online and what is your ‘online pass’ that’s being presented. Are you in control of it? Do you want to be?

Consider your work here at York College and how early on you were asked to get a domain name and create a blog. Did you keep it? Why/why not? Why a domain of one’s own? Why social network profiles? Why craft a digital identity with a professional/academic purpose compared to a social one?

Look at the list of resources in both of the linked bookmark collections here and here. Chose one that speaks to your interests and concerns about crafting your digital identity. If there is not a resource in either of those two bookmark libraries, find one that does.

Use that resource to justify your digital identity plan. Will you intentionally craft one in support of your academic and professional goals? What will it look like? Use a piece of research as part of your justification.


Pick Me, Pick Me, Pick Me?

Haz U Nice Job for me?

Below a set of notes taken of responses to the prompt of what are good presentations of self in social, academic and professional settings. Look over these notes and see if you find places of overlap.

For the next meeting you will need to prepare a draft resume based on a sample resume. I you already have one, try to reframe it based on the sample. Bring a paper and electronic copy of the resume. Don’t post online.

You will need to search for at least four possible locations that you would find interesting to intern. Finding internship opportunities – google creators of work you like and see if they’re in NYC or a have an affiliate in NYC. Search craigslist,,,

In a blog post, describe the locations you found and what opportunities are there or you believe you might discover. The goal is to find the best opportunity for yourself, some internships will look better based on the impression you get from the company or the individuals representing the company. Also, realize that ‘crewing up’ or free/low pay design work, can be an opportunity as well.

What is your current digital presence and what do you think it should be. Examples could include a domain of one’s own with a portfolio (reel, other sample work), social network presences that are public and could developed or curated into something a professional network would respect.


Respectful, Connect with others, Humor, Not sitting on the sidelines – gets involved, approachable, comfortable,
Sharing in online environments – likes, compliments, comments (good is as thorough/thoughtful, constructive), sense of others through photos, videos, Public vs. Private, Photos in open networks (instagram vs. private networks like Facebook).


Presenting work – quality of the work, documenting your process, describing your process. Types of work differ from social environments. Suddenly calling work? Versus photos and videos. Level of appropriateness of personal vs. academic? Contextualizing content vs. just presenting content.


Follows a strict set of guidelines. If there guidelines where do they come from? Freelancer Using copyrighted work with permission. Can academic work become professional work? A clean portfolio. THE RESUME AND IT’S LITTLE BROTHER THE COVER LETTER – CAN YOU WRITE, more personal, so therefore more personality, research the particular company and reframe your presentation, present some perspective about company, position, what you think you have to offer, could affect change, .

So How Does My Plan Look?

cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo shared by Mark Bridge

You are going to work in groups of 2-4 students with a combination of CT 399 and CT 401 students. The CT 399 students will present the idea for the final project to the group. They will assess what is still needed by using the proposal skeleton as well as advice for how to draft a final project.

Notes of a summary of what is needed for the proposal should be taken in the comment section of the post for proposed idea.

At the next meeting you will draft your final project proposal incorporating the suggestions from your group and any additional ideas.

Things happened to me and I’m glad I did what I did

The title of this post is something one might hope for when it’s all said and done. It does not boast success, nor does it complain about failures. As you ride off into the sunset – you’re finished with your final project, your finished with the CT program, and your finished with York College – now how do you feel? Of course it wasn’t perfect, the project, the program, and CUNY too of course, but are you glad you did what you did. Have you taken advantage of all that there was.

Last week’s creative challenge was as much about this idea as it was about getting you to make work if you hadn’t in awhile. Listen to Ira Glass’s advice again if you need a reminder of why you should keep up with your process as an artist, designer, maker, writer – whichever your goal. Hopefully it also reminded you about what you like to work on and the influences and content that drive you.

We talked about this during class as a framework for thinking about a final project idea for the next class and below are some notes from our discussion:

How to Choose

Something you are actually interested in. This project will be one you work on independently for an entire semester.

Something you actually enjoy doing (process-wise). Same as above, but this doesn’t necessarily mean something you are already good at doing. It can be something that you actually spend a lot of time figuring out how to do could help you decide. Maintaining the energy to focus on the details of your process matters quite a bit.

Something that you can actually complete (make yourself accountable to create by the end of a semester). This may be the hardest to judge while getting started so you don’t need to go overboard plotting out how long things will take. We’ll discuss feasibility and what you’ll need to have already completed as part of your proposal so that you’re good to go.

How to Research

What are the tools and technologies you will be using and why? Can you show specific influences to your process through research?

The same goes for creative influences. Can you show examples of other’s work that has a style, approach, aesthetic that you will be incorporating into your method. Can you explain why?

What kinds of discussion have you had with others about your project ideas? What kinds of feedback have you gotten and how has it influenced your project.

For the Blog

So for our next meeting, blog about an idea for your final project responding to the notes above. You must link to researched influences and embed examples, these are as important as the idea itself.

My Big Plan – What I’m making to get my release papers

Alcatraz Escape Map

For the final project students. In four or more sentences describe what you’re making and what you’ve done so far. Include a link to a researched influence and explain how it affected your proposal. Be sure to embed a piece of media that has been part of the process. Make sure also fill out the CT 401 milestones dates, this will be your guide for reporting progress throughout the semester. You need to give up to ten milestones, a minimum of seven.