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Specs Howard School Of Media Arts Celebrates 44 Years

Posted on Mon, Jan 13, 2014

44years

 

44 years ago Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts opened it’s doors to students eager to train in the radio industry. Over the years, the school has expanded to include programs in all aspects of the media arts. This resulted in the renaming of the school in 2009 to Specs Howard School of Media Arts.
 

Since January 14th, 1970, there has been tremendous growth not only here at Specs Howard but also in the media industry. While we were just opening our doors in 1970, PBS and NPR were just opening their doors to the media world as well. In 1976, cable television was first went live. Shortly after that, we added our first television studio in 1981. That was also the year that MTV first aired playing “Video Killed the Radio Star” as their first song. The 90’s brought us the digital age. The first professional digital camera system and in home internet access was brought to life in the early 90’s. Naturally, in 1994 the school added non-linear digital video editing to it's curriculum. In 2003, the Adobe Creative Suite was founded, so in 2008 we added the Graphic Design Program.

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Topics: Specs Howard, News, Broadcasting, History, 44 years, 44th anniversary, curriculum, timeline

Designing Halloween

Posted on Thu, Oct 31, 2013

Jack-o'-Lanterns, candy, and rubber bats, Halloween is this week! We look into Halloween's most familiar symbols, and where they came from. Let's kick off the festivities the spooky way... 

With Halloween later this week, we thought it would be a great opportunity to discuss where it all came from. The symbolism, and design of Halloween started all the way back in Ireland, over 2,000 years ago. The traditions have changed over the years, and when Halloween came to America in the 1800's we embraced the festival as a community-centered holiday. So, where did the bats, skeletons, witches, and pumpkins come from? We found out…

 

 

Bats?Halloween-bats

The ancient Celts believed that every year before the coming of winter, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. To ward off the presence of the otherworldly spirits, the Druids built huge sacred bonfires, to please the Celtic deities. During these bonfires, the fire light would attract bats. As a result, bats became a symbol of what would later become Halloween.

 

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Topics: Graphic Design, History, Halloween

A Special "Type" of Hate

Posted on Thu, Oct 10, 2013

Computer stressThere are few things in life people just hate.  And when I say hate, I mean hate, like instantaneous "What does this possibly exist?!" loathing.  The sort of despise you can only text about in caps locks with a half dozen explanation points at the end. 

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Topics: Comic Sans, History

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