• Design Fair

    Jul 09| Special Event

    The annual Design Week for the MFA Graphic Design program at Otis College of Art and Design will launch with a Design Fair on July 9, 2017, from 12-6pm. Held on the college's newly renovated campus, the fair will feature lectures by visiting international designers from 12-1:45pm followed by the book fair from 2-6pm. 

  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event

    Sitting in Sound is a guided meditation led by artist Jesse Fleming, and an immersive sound experience performed by Los Angeles-based musical duo Electric Sound Bath (ESB).

  • Opening Reception: I Wish I Was a Telephone: Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Celebrate the opening of the two-person exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal.
    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

    Opening Reception 3-5pm /  Curator and Artist led walk-thru of the exhibition, 3pm  /  Free

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition

    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.


ePortfolio Style Guide

O-Space ePortfolios - Top 10 Design Tips


Color is a great way to add visual interest, but try to use more dark/vivid colors when it comes to text. Bright colored backgrounds can make it hard to read - stick with more neutral/pale colors.


Embed videos directly into the ePortfolio whenever possible. It is irritating to have to constantly navigate back and forth.


When including web links, set the link to open in a new window or tab.Common web practice as makes it easier to navigate back and not lose the original page you were on.


When listing assignments, it is nice to have it broken down by week with details explaining the coursework in addition to providing an overview snapshot, a grid with assignment names and due dates.


It is hard reading a lot of text on a screen. Try breaking up content with headers, short paragraphs. Avoid scroll fatigue, the endless page of text, as it is intimidating and off-putting.


Helps students know where to go if they run into trouble or what to do if they have questions bu including a help section or technical support area. It isn't enough to list the assignment - explain how it is to be accomplished if technology is involved.


Have all sections/pages labeled clearly.


Keep content together to avoid needlessly having to bounce around to different sections and areas within your ePortfolio to complete a single task.


Emphasize what is important (like due dates) using font, size, style or color.


Your students’ experiences are important to consider – is it complicated to navigate? Stay consistent. Chunk information into 5-9 groups, any more may overload the visitor’s short term memory on a single ePortfolio page. If something is important, make sure the visitor can get to it in a minimal number of clicks — a best practice is three clicks or less.


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