About Me

Ayo! I’m Alex Gickler, a Freshman Animation major from Princeton Iowa. I went into this because my two passions are video editing and art, and it’s been one of the best decisions in my life. Whenever I’m not in class I’m usually drawing or editing videos for fun. While a lot of people find video editing in particular boring or nightmarish, I find it very relaxing and one of the most versatile forms of creativity. Aside from things related to my major, I also enjoy videogames of all types, and composing music. Most of the music I make is simple, but I’m trying to branch out to music I may be able to use in future animations. I hope to be able to work on storyboarding or general video production in the future.

Featured Projects

Speedpaint Process - Bonnie

The 88 students in IM 150, a design fundamentals course, were assigned a poster series in which each student chose a topic that was of personal interest, an exciting event or socially important issue. The students rocked the house; seen in the totallity, the students’ diverse voices and beautiful final solutions are a symphony of visual communication. In this attached selection, of many other excellent poster projects, the various aspects of the rubric are exemplified. The students were tasked to design an eye-catching design experience, which would be viewed from a distance, with the following criteria: • Create a clever concept and call to action (see if you can find the concept in the Chi-Town Blues Festival Poster) • Make connotative art which referenced the visual venacular of the subject matter applied with the elements of design (shape, line, texture, space, size, value), or drawing skills. • Adhere to a a grid (and consider breaking the grid). • Communicate to a specific audience. • Select a palette from the color harmonies. • Organize all of these elements into a dynamic relationship that activatesthe principles of design (balance, contrast, emphasis, focal point, rhythm, unity, and the Gestalt theory). • Finally, they applied their work to an environmental wall—an expresion of place—which supported the original concept, and sustained communication with the audience. Enjoy! IM 150 Instructors