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Designing Pop-up Books Workshop teaches students to transform 2D into magnificent 3D forms

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July 29, 2022
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Teen Namiko Liu (BFA 01 Illustration)

In Designing Pop-up Books Workshop, taught by alumna Teen Namiko Liu (BFA 01 Illustration), students explore 3D paper engineering mechanisms used in the publishing world—everything from children's pop-up books, pull tabs and novelty board books to pop-up greeting cards and fine art installation environments. In this 10-week course, students will animate their ideas using paper as their surface and tool, learn techniques to create movement from 2D to 3D, and develop a concept proposal ready for submission to their specific genre. Pre-press production and publishing submission requirements will also be covered. Skills learned can be applied across a range of disciplines, including entertainment, illustration, graphic design, fine art, product and environmental design.

“Together, with my artists, we dive hands-on with paper, scissors, tape, glue, X-Actos,” says Liu. “Most importantly, we make great mistakes to ultimately build prototypes of concept ideations using the artist's chosen medium to transform 2D into magnificent 3D forms—all manipulated by hand. This course challenges you to think out of the box—literally. Applying mechanisms to further engage and interact enhances your design voice to encourage infinite possibilities that will take you to places that may even surprise you.”

For examples of student work, visit the gallery here.

Branded Environments teaches students to create spaces with emotional impact

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December 8, 2021
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Stella Hernandez-Salazar

A branded environment is one of the most powerful ways to engage people in a true brand experience. By understanding the brand and its message, it’s possible to create a space that combines powerful methods of interaction with an emotional impact. In the ACX course Branded Environments, taught by ArtCenter alumna Stella Hernandez-Salazar (BS 11 Environmental Design), students learn how to turn their brand story into a 3D experience using space planning, interior architecture, materials, furniture details, graphics, lighting and media. They’ll explore a broad spectrum of projects including retail sites, restaurants, offices and exhibition spaces. By the end of the course, they’ll have created a well-conceived branded space. 

“We’ll use virtual boards that will allow you to share your work with classmates to create a dynamic environment of collaboration,” says Hernandez-Salazar. “This class offers a great opportunity to understand how to work with a brand to create a unique experience in different scales: from the overall design of an environment to the development of products that extend the experience beyond the physical space.”

Prerequisite: Introduction to Environmental Design 1 or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.