Digital Project Design
The Research & Instructional Design team's educational technologists work with individuals, groups, and courses to:
- achieve a fluency with media communications
- develop versatile design skills
- learn effective use of media equipment and editing tools
- provide access to this equipment and these tools
- and support projects at every step
Scroll down to learn how we can help with audio, photos, video, GIS, large format posters, and web publications.
How We Can Help
Our primary goal is to equip any individual, group, and/or course with a deep understanding and proficiency with making and analyzing media. To achieve this goal, we:
- provide workshops and other opportunities to learn the language and design of media communications;
- demonstrate and facilitate storyboarding and other planning methods to help any project achieve success;
- provide you access to and teach you how to use the correct tools and approaches to capture the media you envision;
- teach you how to use media editing and hosting solutions to share your project.
Please click the Get Help button to contact our team! We'll connect you with the right person to assist you.
A multitude of resources are available to help you capture and edit audio along an exciting continuum of length and complexity:
- sound effects
- personal narratives
- and much more
- portable audio recorders
- boom microphones
- lavolier microphones
- audio manipulation software
- Audacity is a free, open-source digital audio editor and recording computer software application, available for Windows, OS X, Linux, and other operating systems. You can import, export, and broadly modify WAV, AIFF, and MP3 audio files. Audacity can be easily downloaded and installed on your personal computer.
- Adobe Audition is available on Macs in the Library and KTSA. It is a robust audio editing solution that interoperates seamlessly with other Adobe products. Adobe Audition can be purchased for a nominal monthly fee as a part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite.
Photography is a compelling means of communication and powerful form of visual expression: it can tell a story in a single image or with a series of images. Many resources are available to help you capture and edit imagery. Images can be prepared for digital and analog production in various sizes.
- DSLR Cameras
- Image Editing Software (available on Macs in the Library and KTSA)
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe InDesign
- Adobe Illustrator
Our video resources and support will enable you to create:
- feature length movies to short clips
- multiple-camera projects
- green-screen scenes
- mashup and new media projects
- and much more
- high-definition video cameras
- DSLR cameras with video capability
- microphones (boom, lavolier)
- video Editing Software
- Adobe Premiere Pro
- iMovie (also available on personal Mac computers)
Geographic Information Systems and other mapping tools will help you locate, present, analyze, and interact with data that is geographically referenced. These tools are used in many fields such as environmental studies, geography/geology, natural resources management, census data/demographics, public health, economics, history, and much, much more.
Please visit our comprehensive GIS webpages, where you'll find ideas, resources, and much more!
A poster is a vital communications tool that truly bridges the disciplines: students and faculty in most academic divisions use posters to communicate their ideas in course projects, at academic conferences, to the public, and beyond.
Accordingly, our large format poster service involves far more than printing. Posters require a thorough, careful design process, and we partner with individuals and classes at every step: from a poster's humble beginnings as a Powerpoint slide, to selecting colors, to designing an effective layout, to considering the environment in which you'll display the poster, to helping you find appropriate images, to helping you print your work.
Though we strongly encourage you to contact us for assistance, here are a few links to help you throughout the poster design process:
- how to configure and use Powerpoint to create a poster
- advice on good practices and finding appropriate images
- some basic Adobe Photoshop processes to help you modify images to suit your needs.
- a guide to finding images
- a guide to citing sources
- When you're ready to print your poster, here is our printing appointment form. Faculty interested in incorporating large format printing are encouraged to e-mail email@example.com to begin a comprehensive design process.
Websites are a group of web pages that is navigible by a navigation bar. Multimedia such as images, video, audio, and animations may be added to a website. If you would like to use any of the technologies listed on this page, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Option One: SiteManager
Websites can be created using Hamilton College's proprietary site building application, SiteManager. Photos, audio, and video can be added using built-in modules. SiteManager allows individuals with little to no coding experience to learn how to apply basic design and information organization skills to a website that can be made publicly accessible through the courses.hamilton.edu web server.
Option Two: WordPress
Websites can also be created using WordPress, a popular blogging and site-building content management system. WordPress sites are not hosted on the Hamilton College main site, which means that non-Hamilton College contributors can participate in building and editing the site. WordPress is used by both professionals and amateurs worldwide.
Blogs are online public forums where one or more administrators post entries to which others may contribute comments. They are good discussion tools when it is desired to preserve a sense of authority for the original topic posting. Blogs can work well for discussions where divergent thinking is desired.
Option One: Blackboard
Blogs are supported within the Blackboard course management system when it is desired to restrict access to the blog to the students in a particular class.
Option Two: WordPress
Blogs can be created using WordPress. These blogs are visible to anyone with an Internet connection. Access levels can be set to control who can edit the blog, submit posts, respond to comments, etc.
Wikis (Google Docs)
Wikis are designed to decentralize authority over content by providing anyone who had edit-level access to the wiki with the ability to add, modify and even delete any text on the wiki.
Option One: Blackboard
Wikis can be created in Blackboard. Blackboard wikis are a good choice for wikis where content will only be shared amongst class participants.
Option Two: Google Docs
Google Docs, when used as a wiki, can work well for collaborative writing assignments where convergent thinking is desired. The content generated in a shared web-based document, when complete, can then be presented to a larger intended audience in a website.