About

Author, Educator, New Media Specialist

Why Design Instructor?

With over 15 years of web design experiences and 5 years of teaching under my belt, I am now sharing my skills as a hybrid designer/educator. Why just pay for a designer when you can learn what you need to design for yourself.

Who is Richard Lewis?

Richard Lewis hails from Lancaster California. As a child his family went on numerous camping trips across the United States in their VW Camper. Initially Richard studied journalism at Syracuse University. He would go on to pursue Multi-Media Design at the Art Institute and later received an MFA in Graphic Design from Digital Media Arts College.

Growing up was an exploration of a world struggling between the analog and the digital, eventually conforming to the demands of the digital domination. Richard has been a professional musician part time all of his life. His first instrument was the violin, but he soon found the guitar and later electronic instruments. He has been programming music and graphics for the computer since he was 10 years old. Growing up was an exploration of a world struggling between the analog and the digital, eventually conforming to the demands of the digital domination.

As a member of the band Voyager One, Richard had the opportunity to perform across the West Coast. Currently he scores music and produces music videos in addition to being the author, animator, composer, and programmer for Bear Legend.

What has he done?

Richard Lewis is a media design guru who specializes in visual effects and motion graphics for Internet based applications. His skills have produce memorable and commanding online presence for clients such as Konami, Atari, Electronic Arts, Blizzard Interactive and Mythic Entertainment while working as a web developer in Los Angeles California for Petrol Advertising. After leaving Los Angeles Richard worked for PBMAI in Boca Raton, Florida as the interactive media director creating online campaigns for such clients as as nReagan Spa, Rapoport’s Restaurant group, and Filette Water. He worked with both boutique microsite design and large e-commerce websites that featured full-blown social media campaigns. Currently Richard is a professor of web design for the MFA program at Digital Media Arts College. In addition to teaching he is also a published author of the Bear Legend series of interactive iBooks.

What is his teaching style?

What I love the most about teaching is helping students develop their ideas. Everything creative is about the idea, and the field of design is full of problems and solutions. It is my job to challenge the student with a problem and help them find the appropriate solution.

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Experience

Designer

OWNER – DESIGN INSTRUCTOR ; Boca Raton, FL 2006 – 2012

Creating Websites, Print & ePublications.

INTERACTIVE MEDIA DIRECTOR – PBMAI ; Boca Raton, FL 2006 – 2008

Directing the design and development of all Internet campaigns.

Handling direct contact with clients. Managing multiple projects.

WEB DEVELOPER – PETROL ADVERTISING ; Glendale, CA 2004 – 2005

Developing HTML and Flash websites, Banners, and Rich Media Units.

Designing for clients such as Atari, Blizzard entertainment, and Konami.

Educator

PROFESSOR – DIGITAL MEDIA ARTS COLLEGE ; Boca Raton, FL 2011 – 2012

Instructing Graduate Portfolio for the MFA in Graphic Design,

Instructing Web Design Technologies and Mobile Application Design

for the MFA in Web Design program.

INSTRUCTOR – THE ART INSTITUTE OF FORT LAUDERDALE ; Ft Lauderdale, FL 2008 – 2012

Instructing Graduate Portfolio for the BA in Web Design & Interactive Media.

Instructing Basic & Intermediate Web Design, User Centered Design.

INSTRUCTOR – THE ART INSTITUTE OF SEATTLE ; Seattle, WA 2005 – 2006

Instructing Flash 1, 2, 3, and Intermediate web design.

Author

AUTHOR, EDITOR & CREATIVE – OPEN MEDIA ARTS ; Boca Raton, FL 2009 – 2012

Published Bear’s Tale, Toward Z, and When the Illusion is What it Seems.

Education

MFA : GRAPHIC DESIGN – DIGITAL MEDIA ARTS COLLEGE ; Boca Raton, FL 2009 – 2012

Graduated “Magna Cum Laude”

BS : INTERACTIVE MEDIA DESIGN – ART INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA ; Santa Monica, CA 2002 – 2005

“Best Portfolio Award”

Skills

Managing others directly as a program Director

Technology

Software

Adobe Master Collection, Final Cut Pro, Apple Logic, iBook Author.

Markup, Programing, Frameworks & Practices

HTML / CSS, Javascript, WordPress, PhoneGap, JQuery, Actionscript 2 & 3, SEO, UX/UI design.

Awards

Awards & Affiliations

Silver ADDY – UNKNOWN COMPONENT Music Video ; AAF Ft Lauderdale – 2007

Gold ADDY – N.REAGAN SPA Brochure ; AAF Palm Beaches – 2007

Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2011 – Semi Finalist

Chair of Education – AAF Fort Lauderdale and the Palm Beaches