Daniela Castillo

Contact Information

Phone: 970∙491∙1180

Email: dani.castillo@colostate.edu

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/www.linkedin.com/in/danielacastillo55//

Website: http://www.danicastillo.com

Office: C215 Clark Bldg.

Office Hours: MW 1:00-2:00, T 11:00-12:00 OR by appointment

Role: Faculty

Position: Full Time Instructor

Concentration:
  • Visual Communication
  • New media
  • Graphic Design
  • Data Visualization

Department: Journalism & Media Communication

Biography

I have been in the creative and design field for over 20 years. One of my passions is sharing my experience and knowledge and that's why I started teaching. I believe that regardless of where my career takes me, I will always teach.

My studies include an a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Journalism from Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico City, an M.A. in Multimedia from California State University East Bay, and an M.A. in Interactive Design and Video Game Development from Savannah College of Art & Design.

I started teaching at CSU East Bay right after my grad school and then got a tenure-track position at Cañada College in Redwood City in the Multimedia Art department where I stayed for almost 10 years until I moved to Colorado and started teaching at CSU here in Fort Collins in 2010. The JMC Department offers a wide range of teaching opportunities for me in some of my favorite fields.

I live here in Fort Collins with my husband Peter, he's a Senior Software Engineer, and my three-year-old daughter Sabine. I love camping and picnics by the river, cooking and gardening, and I do a lot of crafting and art.

Education

M.A. Multimedia, Interactive Design & Video Game Production

Curriculum Vitae

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Courses

JTC 211 Computer Mediated Visual Communication

In Computer-Mediated Visual Communication, we will learn the basics of a few tools commonly used in visual communication. We cannot cover all the tools but will expose you to ones that are versatile across channels. This is not a design class, but rather a communication class where the goal is to develop effective communication around a specific theme and topic. We will learn the fundamentals of visual communication theories as they apply to computer media, especially the Internet.

JTC 370 Programming Workshop for Media Producers

This hands-on class is designed to provide an introduction to some of the basic web programming and scripting languages used commonly in developing rich content for visual narratives. Students will work on lab assignments that will give them the foundation to develop a comprehensive final project. The complexity of the project will vary and will be tailored to the skill level and experience of the student. The three main topics we will be covering are HTML, CSS, JavaScript basics, JavaScript libraries and general coding workflows.

JTC 417 Information Graphics

Introduction to the basics of data visualization through the use of charts, graphs and other visual elements through the effective weaving of the story behind it. Adobe Illustrator® and other applications to add interactivity will be utilized in the production of compelling, clear and effective infographics and infoposters appropriate for both print and digital delivery. Key design and production processes, as well as best design practices will be covered through illustrative hands-on projects.