About Me

Hello, I'm Ryan Crowe! I'm a Freshman Animation Major who still can't pick what he wants to minor in. I guess I was pretty crazy about cartoons as a kid, because here I am today absolutely obsessed with everything that goes into their production! The best media speaks right to your heart the first time you experience it, and I'm determined to find the techniques and lessons that captivate us so I can share these moments of beauty with even more people. Besides animating, I love making music, playing video games, and sharing philosophic "shower thoughts" with friends.

Featured Projects

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