By Monique L. Lewis, iMedia ‘15
I cannot believe how fast time has been flying by! We are three weeks into the spring semester and iMedia15 has hit the ground running to start working on our capstone projects. COM 590: Interactive Media Capstone brings about a time of self-reflection when everyone is thinking about his or her career goals and skills, and how to display them to potential employers/clients. How we identify ourselves professionally plays a big part in what we decide to do for our capstones and self-promotional portfolios, which is also a requirement of COM 590.
Capstone is an opportunity for us to apply everything we’ve learned so far in the program to produce an original interactive media project on a topic of our own choice. The self-promotional portfolio will showcase our best work examples and résumé, as well as provide access to contact information when we apply for jobs. The pre-production phase began the first week of the semester when we turned in our proposals, which describe the goals, significance, challenges, and solutions to our projects, for approval by our capstone advisors. After the proposals were approved we moved on to creating a persona or personas to identify our target audience. Another task that we are working on is to create a self-promotional strategy for our portfolios, which includes providing a list of potential work samples. While putting together my strategy I realized how amazing the iMedia program is because it helped me change my career path from a journalist to a graphic designer with eight portfolio samples that range from infographics to websites.
The production phase will begin in mid-March and students will work on both the capstone and self-promotional portfolio simultaneously until May when we present our projects at the capstone exhibit. iMedia15’s capstone projects will range from rebranded websites, mobile apps, parallax infographics, and interactive magazines, just to name a few.