Vitae Word 6th year

J. Henderson

Assistant Professor

Department of Art, Design



Professional Vitae



State University Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

1993 – 1994 Part-time

1994 – Present Full-time,

308: Graphic Design I

Basic course in graphic communications

The introductory course on graphic design is conceived as a
survey of visual communication skills and methodology. The basic elements of
visual design are analyzed for their communication values. Students do
exercises and projects designed to reveal problems and solutions in the
professional design process.

I have analyzed the levels of our student body in the design
option and included many discussions and lectures on professional practices.

This course has been rewritten and retitled Graphic
Communication Design. New course content reflects additional content consistent
with the departmentÂ’s new guidelines.

388/488: Illustration/Advanced Illustration

These concurrent courses are focused on the art of visual
communications with rendered images. With the retirement of Vance Studley, I
took the course for the fall 96 quarter. Much of the course was devoted to
project oriented exploration of illustration genre and technique. I gave
extensive demonstrations on the use of waterbased media and colored pencil.
Some of the more advanced students were allowed to incorporate computer
technology to incorporate digital effects into their final projects.

The advanced students were required to work on a series of
related pieces that would lead to a group of related work. Beginning students
were started out on children's book illustration, and then on to other genre
such as cookbook and editorial illustration.

This course has been rewritten with new course content
reflecting additional content consistent with the departmentÂ’s new guidelines.

408: Graphic Design II

Advanced work in graphic design. 

Students are given advanced problems in 3-D communication
design, typography, packaging design and production. Fall of 95 I have modified
the project list to alleviate some of the confusion the second project caused
in the past.

Project two is an exercise in comparative typography
requiring student to explore contemporary typography with traditional
typography. Previously students were required to do two contrasting layouts
utilizing the same text. The two different layouts were mounted side by side
and had to complement each other. Confusion arose around the side-by-side
requirement. I still feel that the concept is crucial; however, I have decided
to modify the project, eliminating the two panels in favor on one large single
one. In the single panel they are required to work the two concepts together
within a single design.

Intensive work centering on the creative process, neatness
and technique. Students are required to file contracts on each project, stating
details and deadlines. I have encouraged advanced students to act as mentors
for Graphic Design I students.

Emphasis is placed on presentation skills, production
skills, conceptual abilities, timeliness and attitude.

This course has been rewritten and retitled Graphic
Communication Design II. New course content reflects additional content
consistent with the departmentÂ’s new guidelines.

454/554: Macintosh Graphics

Computer Typography

Learning advanced concepts of typography on the Macintosh
computer. Learning the language of typography while studying the art of
typographic expression. Making use of the power of the computer to assist in
the production of multiple projects focusing on typographic skills.

463: Portfolio Presentation

Self-Promotion and organizational skills for creative

Normally a course in the preparation of a portfolio, I have
expanded curricula to include slides, photographic documentation, resumes and
the interview process. Students must complete a portfolio by the end of the
term along with a resume. Career goals and concerns are a regular part of

468: Advanced Problems in

An advanced course runs in three different modes. One is seminar
in which students practice dialog and critique in design. The second is lecture
demonstration, which is content driven by the seminar sessions. Third is lab
session where students work on their personal projects with one-on-one
supervision by the instructor.

Each student is responsible for contracting a tract of
exploration for the entire quarter. These tracts are subject to peer review by
the class and the instructor.

This course has been rewritten with new course content
reflecting additional content consistent with the departmentÂ’s new guidelines.

493: Advanced Graphic Design

Over the years the focus of this course has shifted to
digital illustration. It is currently taught every quarter. The students work
with a variety of software programs creating visual montages of photographic
images and original illustrations. Critical reviews and discourse are an
integral part of the curriculum. Since this is a relatively new field of study,
there is little historical reference. I rely on recent and current publications
to create a platform of discussion and research.

Projects are designed to introduce students to the use and
integration of images into media, the creation of original images and critical
concerns in the combining of images.

This course has been rewritten with new course content
reflecting additional content consistent with the departmentÂ’s new guidelines.
It has been renamed Digital Illustration for fall of 99.

503: Graduate Problems in Design

A graduate level course in design that is currently being
run concurrently with Art 508M. I have recently made arrangement to run this
class concurrently with Art 468, Advanced Problems in Design, thus enabling
graduate design students more flexibility in program fulfillment.

508M: Graduate Seminars

A combined class of graduate students from a variety of
design disciplines.

As a focus for the fall quarter seminar, we are using design
research. Each student is going to initiate a form of research relating to
their graduate design proposals. During the course of the quarter we will be
evaluating relevance, depth and methodology of various forms of study in
relation to the creative process.

At the end of the quarter each student will present a
documentation of his or her research accompanied by a written statement. This
documentation will be prepared for public display and placed in the first floor
display cases.

504M/508M: Graduate Seminars

A combined seminar of graduate studio option students from
throughout the Art Department. Focus of discussion is creative process and
professional procedures. Sessions on grant writing are included.


College of Art and Design

Los Angeles, California

1988 - 1996


Introductory course on the Macintosh computer. Topics
covered include the basic components of hardware systems, software systems,
Macintosh human interface, file creation and file management. Students get
introductions on text creation and formatting, 
graphic environments, and page description software.

This is a foundation course that should prepare a student to
go on to detailed study in various Macintosh computer design venues.


A complete course in page description utilizing PageMaker
software. Includes text and graphic formatting, utilizing advanced features in
creating small and large documents. The course is primarily for designers and
assumes a prior familiarity with the Macintosh.


A design course for large and small publications utilizing
the studentÂ’s choice of software (either PageMaker or Quark Xpress.) Students
work extensively with computer typography as they create documents and fine
tune them in preparation for final output to high-resolution linotronic

This is a design course and assumes a prior knowledge of the
Macintosh and page layout software.


The Photoshop course is designed not only as an introduction
to the Adobe software but also image processing as a discipline. Students learn
concepts and techniques of scanning, retouching, restoration, color correction,
color manipulation, colorization, composite creation, special effects, and the
creation of original art.

This is a design course and assumes a prior knowledge of the
Macintosh. Addition knowledge of either Freehand or Illustrator is preferred.

Studies in Watercolor

Working from the human figure in watercolor and other
water-based media. Honesty of expression and personal growth are stressed.
Students are tracked on personal style rather than specific stylistic
approaches. Most studies are done in less than half an hour and require
students to achieve a very high degree of concentration and attention. This is
an excellent course for developing student self-confidence, as growth is almost
always rapid and obvious.


Coast University

Los Angeles, California

1988 - Present

to the Macintosh

A survey course introducing the graphic design functions and
capabilities of the Macintosh computer. During the course the students learn to
edit text, create graphics and compose layouts. The final projects include a
personal identity package (a logo, resume, business card, stationary, and


Creating graphics for print on the Macintosh computer.
Advanced study of both bit-mapped and object-oriented graphic platforms.

Individual projects are aimed at the studentÂ’s career goals.

Publishing: Electronic Page Layout

Creating documents on the Macintosh computer. Fundamentals
of typography, grids and page composition. Applications and features are
studied in the combination of text and graphics to create page layouts of
various formats.


Tree University

Chatsworth, California

1991 - 1994


Introductory course on the Macintosh computer. Topics
covered include the basic components of hardware systems, software systems,
Macintosh human interface, file creation and file management. Students get
introductions on text creation and formatting, graphic environments, and page
description software.

This is a foundation course that should prepare a student to
go on to detailed study in various Macintosh computer design venues.

Design I

A design course to train students to utilize various
graphics applications to create elaborate documents in black and white, spot
color and process color. This class is where students learn to transfer
elements from their native formats to page description environments where the
final documents are created.

Design II

This is an advanced program sequel to ED-I. Students will
work exclusively in process color and learn to create documents and to proof

Processing I

An intermediate certificate class used as an introduction to
Adobe Photoshop and image processing concepts. Students work toward the
completion of one full color project over the term. Scanning, resolution and
file management are also covered in this session.

Processing II

This advanced course requires students to produce multiple
color documents that are output on dye sublimation for portfolio use. Advanced
topics and advance software features are covered.


Preparing computer artwork for the press. This course covers
the entire creative process and describes how pre-press planning is essential
to the beginning stages of design and production. Students learn how to target
their designs to match the final product in specification and limitation.  Color management and Pre-press proofing are
major topics covered.

to Adobe Photoshop

A short 16-hour introduction to Photoshop software
recommended for people with an extensive prior experience with the Macintosh.

for Photographers

A 16-hour course designed to show professional and amateur
photographers how to enhance and retouch their work digitally on the Macintosh



Kansas City, Missouri

1980 - 1986

During a six-year period I opened my private studio to
workshops in figurative watercolor and drawing media. My students included both
professionals and students from the Kansas City Art Institute.


Hancock College

Santa Maria, California (Lompoc/Vandenberg campus)

1973 - 1976


Design fundamentals. Basic two-dimensional design theory.
Exercises and discussions covering shape, form, value and an introduction to
basic color theory.


Advance exercises in color theory and composition.
Introduction to basic artistic mediums.


Emphasis on “seeing” exercises and discussions on the visual
language. Introduction to the various drawing media including charcoal, ink,
pencils and washes.


Introduction to perspective, both one and two point, as well
as advanced drawing techniques such as rendering.


A class for beginning and intermediate students that
utilizes the human figure as a focus of the study. Students are encouraged to
use various media to explore the human form and emotions.


Beginning and intermediate watercolor techniques. Classroom
and field trip sessions combined with lessons on tools and transparent media


A basic painting class utilizing acrylics as the medium of
choice. Lessons in color usage and color perspective. Also experimentation with
various water-based media.


School of Fine Art and Media

Pasadena, California

1970 - 1971

Media (anything that doesnÂ’t float on water)

A painting class focusing on combining compatible media to
create experimental effects. Painting, collage and sculpture in water-based


Professional Activity


interface designs

The Voyager Company

Santa Monica, California

Voyager VideoStack

Video-laserdisc tool kit for linking the Macintosh computer
with a laserdisc player for interactive video.

Bio-Sci LaserStack

Interactive interface for the ODC Bio-Sci laserdisc.


Macintosh interface for the De Italia laserdisc, an encyclopedia of Italian culture and
civilization, commissioned by the Angelli Foundation of Turin, Italy. The
interface was premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, June

Gogh LaserGuide

Interface for the Van
Gogh Revisited
Laserdisc. Winner of two SuperStack awards by MacWorld Magazine


Audio tool kit to interface the Macintosh computer with a
CD-ROM drive to create interactive audio programs using CD audio discs.

Dream Machine LaserGuide

Interface for The
Dream Machine
Videodiscs, Vol. One and Two.


Interface for the Salamandre: Châteaux of the Loire Valley

Symphony No. 9

CD Companion Series

Interface for UCLA Professor Robert WinterÂ’s interactive
study of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Nominated for “Musical Program of the Year”
by MacUser Magazine
1990 SuperStack award winning
program for graphic interface design, MacWorld


Interactive Video Newsletter / Editor/Art Director

Bi-monthly Voyager Company publication highlighting
laserdisc and computer software technology and products.


Lake Recreation Center Design Committee

Submission of conceptual designs for the renovation of the
current facility and the surrounding environs. Plans included building
expansion and handicap access. Design was requested by the Council Member
Jackie Goldberg and will be submitted before the entire committee to which I
belong and also to the Parks and Recreation Department.


Book cover designs for textbook publishing company. Three
titles currently in print including digital illustrations for each. I have
built a reserve of images to use in these and future books. I have been
upgrading the graphic identity of the company by raising the standards of cover
design. The books are now visually more appealing.

•    A Cross Section of
Educational Research by Lawrence S. Lyne

•    Practical Problems
in Research Methods by Estabrook D. Verdugo

•    Comprehending Test
Manuals by Ann Corwin Silverlake

Kansas City,

Art Director and consultant.


Misc. Professional

GovernorÂ’s Conference on Art and Technology

Panelist 1996, 1998

Expedition 1997, Mozan Expedition 1998

Digital documentation of archeological artifacts. Tell
Mozan, Qamishle, Syria

Siggraph  Conference

1997, Member National Outreach Committee, Los Angeles,

1999, The Studio, server administrator, technical expert and
artist, Los Angeles, California