The facade of Expression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville, CA (near San Francisco) immediately says "we're not a stodgy institution." You know you're looking at someplace different.
I spent much of the day at Expression and came away very impressed with their facility, very modern and dynamic, and wanting to learn more about their programs. It's hard for me to focus on the curriculum and classes because I'm so envious of the space they work in.
It's not just the many sound mixing and editing suites, video editing rooms, cavernous green screen areas and other labs and workspaces that are equipped with top-notch hardware and software, although that all is impressive.
What I'm really jealous of this their colorful, high-voltage building that almost vibrates with energy. As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I feel that we too often make our computer labs cave-like, sterile environments, then expect students to do creative work in them. There's a fundamental disconnect here, in my opinion.
I hope to talk more about the Expression classes and curriculum, but for today, here's a look inside:
Am I putting too much emphasis on bright colors? Maybe. But there's no doubt that the environment around us affects what we do. Paint is cheap. Why not bring life into the space?
My room at the Golden Bear Inn on San Pablo in Berkeley is two doors down from this emphatic sign that faces the parking lot. Thankfully, people seem to follow its advice, unlike the folks at Gimmelwald's Mountain Hostel where the "Midnight Quiet Time" signs were universally ignored.
Or maybe we don't
Apparently not everyone shares the sentiment printed on the top of the dollar bill.
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