Get Ready to Jam!

Want to be part of a fun creative experience at a state-of-the-art innovation and technology hub? Looking for insights on the creative process, career advice, and learning the latest digital tools? The WSU Creative Jam is a unique opportunity for students to engage with industry professionals in virtual technology, interface design, digital storytelling, and media design during a three-hour educational and social event.

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Students, faculty, staff, and the community are invited to the Adobe Creative Jam scheduled for 5-8 p.m. on Feb. 27 in The SPARK on the WSU Pullman campus. The event is free, but attendees are asked to register at



Adobe Creative Jam is an international event series featuring an inspiring two-part design experience that demonstrates and celebrates creativity! To-date, Adobe has hosted 107 tournaments with more than 19,000 participants worldwide.

Portfolio Reviews

Students also have an opportunity have their work assessed in 15-minute 1-on-1 Portfolio Review and Professional Advising meet-ups with creative coaches. Students are encouraged to submit a portfolio before the event, but can also meet with coaches to discuss how to create a one or to get advice on preparing for a professional career.  Those interested in having their work assessed should sign up for a time slot at


cj_coloringThe main event features fun hands-on activities, professional coaching and portfolio reviews, technology demonstrations, talks by creative thought leaders, giveaways, and free food for all registered attendees.  Students can enjoy a fun and inspiring event while enjoying free food and soft drinks and taking part in hands-on activities, including the Virtual Reality (VR) “Escape Room Experience” developed by graduate students from the University of Idaho Department of Virtual Technology and Design, a photo booth featuring original art from WSU Fine Arts student Gracie Brown, and large coloring sheets from Doodle Addicts.


Featured speakers include:

  • Rayce Bird, a special effects artist and expert in virtual technology and design who is also a Virtual Technology and Design (VTD) instructor at University of Idaho.
  • Jake Sirianni, Washington State University (WSU) senior and Murrow College student who is also an award-winning videographer, President and General Manager of Cable 8 Production, and former intern for the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and post-production intern for Tiny Hero for Disney, Lionsgate, ABC, and Nickelodeon.
  • Jessica Bellamy, Adobe Creative Resident, an expert in information graphics and motion graphics who also facilitates Graphic Ally Hackathons around the country.

Creative Jam Tournament

01Meanwhile, pre-selected student teams compete in a creative tournament to collaboratively develop a unique design solution using Adobe applications. The event concludes with student team presenting their final designs followed by an awards ceremony, which includes an audience-choice award.

The event is free, so sign up today at

Week 7: Logo Project

If you completed all the Illustrator tutorials, great work! This week you’ll be applying those skills creatively to make your Draft Logo after first sketching your idea. Before you begin, make sure to go through this week’s chapters and read about the characteristics of successful logos so you can stay focused on the final goal.

Week 7 Checklist

❑ Read the course materials listed for Week 7
❑ Complete the Logo Sketch assignment by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday
❑ Submit your blog post for your Draft Logo by 11:59 p.m. on Friday
❑ Take the Unit 2 Quiz in Blackboard by 11:59 p.m. on Friday

Illustrator Games

Still a little confused about Illustrator tools, or looking for a way to refresh your skills? Try out Adobe’s quick Illustrator training games, which are focused on essential tools and skills: drawing line segments, drawing shapes, using the Shape Builder tool and using the Pen tool.

A scene from the game about learning to create shapes.
A scene from the game about learning to create shapes.

Week 6: Starting Unit 2!

After finishing up Unit 1 last week, we’re now moving on to Unit 2: Vector Graphics and Adobe Illustrator. The pattern of each unit should start to seem familiar — we’ll start with tutorials to explore the software, then apply those skills and principles from the course readings to create a multimedia project that relates to your course topic. In this unit, you’ll be making a logo.

Illustrator is my favorite of the Adobe programs, so I’m very excited for all of you to try it out! However, this is frequently students’ least favorite unit in COM210, because Illustrator is less familiar than Photoshop and less intuitive than audio and video editing.

It can be frustrating, and it’s important that you 1) read this week’s readings to understand how vector graphics work and 2) give yourself plenty of time for the tutorials this week. You’ll be reading about how vector graphics differ from the more familiar raster graphics, the principle of figure-ground, and the history of logos.

Week 6 Checklist

❑ Read the course materials listed for Week 6
Download Adobe Illustrator if you are using it on your own computer
❑ Complete the Illustrator Tutorials by Friday. Don’t wait until the last minute or you won’t get them done!

Due Last Week!

If you have not yet submitted your Final Graphic Design Project, make sure to do this! The final projects for each unit of this course are worth a lot of points. It can be submitted for partial credit through this Wednesday.

Other Reminders

  • Worried about your grade? Check out the Extra Credit Opportunities.
  • Check your grades on Blackboard frequently, and talk to your TA about any grading-related questions or concerns.

Week 5: Feedback and Critique

Now that you’ve created a draft for your Graphic Design Project, this week you’ll get feedback and make revisions to improve your design. This is the final week of Unit 1 and Photoshop before we move to the next unit.

Feedback groups will be posted on Blackboard Announcements and sent via email today (2/3). Before you provide feedback to your group members, make sure to read this week’s chapter on Constructive Criticism & Feedback in Design to think about the best way to communicate your response to other students’ drafts. Giving useful feedback is one of the most important skills you’ll get to practice in this course.

Week 5 To-Do List

❑ Read the Week 5 reading listed on the course schedule
❑ Complete and submit the Graphic Design Project Feedback assignment by Tuesday
❑ Complete and submit the Final Graphic Design Project by Friday
❑ Earn your Unit 1 Participation Credit by attending your lab section, if you haven’t already (you must attend your lab session once per Unit, and be marked in attendance by your TA, in order to earn this).

Photoshop 1.0

For fun, here’s a video of Photoshop experts attempting to use Photoshop 1.0, which debuted 26 years ago in February 1990.

Week 4: Your First Multimedia Project!

Now that you’re familiar with Photoshop tools and techniques from last week’s tutorials assignment, it’s time to start the first multimedia project in this course: the Graphic Design Project. This project is intentionally left vague to allow each of you the freedom to create according to your chosen topics and interests, but please read the instructions carefully to make sure your idea will fit all the requirements.

The Graphic Design Project comes with multiple deadlines you need to be aware of, and checkpoints along the way. The first portion, the Image Collection, is due this Tuesday. This deliverable is intended to ensure you’re making progress and collecting assets (that are copyright free) to work with. The second part, your Draft Graphic Design Project, is due on Friday. The remainder of the project’s deadlines will come next week.

Also, please note, the Unit 1 Quiz is due this week in Blackboard, which covers the Unit 1 readings for Weeks 3 and 4. You can take this anytime before the deadline but, remember, the Blackboard submission portal closes on Friday at 11:59 p.m.

For this project, don’t worry about your artistic abilities or creativity – it’s more about communicating a clear and original message visually. If you are worried about this, please start the project early and ask for help early on so we assist you with plenty of time to work through the details.

Week 4 To-Do List

❑ Read the Week 4 readings listed on the course schedule
❑ Complete and submit the Image Collection by Tuesday
❑ Complete and submit the Draft Graphic Design Project by Friday
❑ Take the Unit 1 Quiz in Blackboard by Friday