Iva [eye-vuh] Son is an interactive designer, an educator, and a linguistics researcher whose current projects revolve around children's emergent literacy skills and foreign language development via technology. She's full of dreams.
I’ve been teaching following courses at Parsons the School of Design:
Web Media 1
This is an introduction to Flash course being taught by daily lectures, demonstrations, in-class assignments, and project-based homework. Topics covered are Flash’s interface, techniques in animation, importing artwork and using sound. Around the middle of the semester students begin working with interactivity. At that point I will cover “action scripting ”using buttons and frame actions.
Core Lab: Time
In this class, students explore hands-on skills for time-based media production and processes for projects in Core Studio: Time. Each week, students will be required to complete in-class exercises on the various topics and techniques, from pre-production to post-production, discussed during that week’s lecture in the studio class. Students will achieve digital/audio editing skills in Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack, and After Effects.
Web Design Basics
Students create a Web presence using the basic structure of HTML5. Learn the basic rules of CSS3 and how to format text, optimize images, embed video and sound, create hyperlinks, and develop effective interface design and navigation. Aspects of web technology, such as hosting, domains, self-promotion, and content management systems(CMS) are discussed.
Responsive Web Design
Using practices related to flexible Web design, students create designs for the Web and its various screen formats (laptops, large desktop monitors, tablets, and mobile phones) and orientation style shifts. Projects focus on producing design solutions that emphasize the principles of Web design and Web-based typography in elastic and liquid layouts.
Digital Imaging with Photoshop 1
This course is designed to acquire a working knowledge of this industry-standard software used for print, Web pages, animation, presentation, video production, and enhancement of traditional and digital photography. Explore scanning and color correction, tools and layers for image compositing, elemental retouching, and type treatments.
App + Web Development
Aniland is a virtual playground for young children to enhance literacy skills while having fun. Exciting activities include avatar selection, storybook reading, and mini games. Animal friends will guide children to visit different parts of villages designed with various learning themes including alphabet letters, alliteration, and rhyming. Please visit aniland.co.uk for more information and a Web version. Also, Aniland iOS app is free to download on iTunes.
Role: director/writer/sound designer
Gogo MonsterKids is a trilingual edutainment in a form of interactive webisodes to familiarize preschoolers the basics of English, Spanish, and Korean simultaneously. Each scene has a specific learning goal so that children learn more about vocabulary words and phrases happening around the scene. “Scene 1: Let’s Help Mom” is happening in a home setting where children learn how to greet inthe morning and count objects from one to five in three language. By watching animation and playing an interactive segment “Scene 2: Let’s go to the Supermarket,” children will become familiar with food words in three languages and how to express what they want. “Scene3: I Love Park” introduces children to the environmental situation where they learn how to express hot weather and express it. They will see five animals which are most commonly seenat the park. Please visit gogomonsterkids.com for more information and a Web version. * You would need an Adobe Flash player installed in your device/browser to view the website.
Cavity Hero is a web-based game, built with python, for young children to play and learn foreign languages while they are protecting the earth from the evils. In this particular version, it implies that eating too much candies can be harmful. You can download and play Cavity Hero now!
Music + Sound Design
Please enjoy my music composed for children to feel excitement, calmness, playfulness and all. Did you know a young child’s ears function before eyes do? I believe the more music young children hear and experience various genres in the earlier days of their lives will increase the musical and rhythmical ability.
I also enjoy making sounds for film, animation, and games from scratch and edit with Logic Pro (Certified), ProTools, and Reason. This is one of the sound design work that I did for SAT PREP GAME by Access America Prep Program in 2012.
Yum’s Diary is a 4-cut cartoon published at The Korea Times to deliver messages to young Korean Americans who agonizes between two cultures.
These are balloon illustrations for imaginary theme park. Not all the characters should be amiable or disguising because we all do have different personality.
Piggy robots the musical
Seven piggy robots, which landed on New York City by a rocket accident, builds their own broadway musical show to earn money to fix their rocketship. This project is originally designed to enhance young audiences to interact with drums in the musical section. Each robot represents different alphabet corresponding to the PC keyboard. You can play it right now!
* You would need an Adobe Flash player installed in your device/browser to view the website.
A grandpa turtle's day
I always start designing characters with a sketch. A Grandpa Turtle’s day us a concept illustration to depict an old turtle’s slow but enjoyable daily activities.
Dibo the Gift Dragon
Dibo the Gift Dragon is a preschooler’s animation where Dibo gives presents to friends to solve problems and teaches moral lessons to children. My job in this animated series for two years in charge of scripts, voice, narration, visual direction, etc.
After Ellen – MTV LOGO
LOGO Word Quiz is an on-air motion graphic animation for the MTV LOGO Channel.
Role: motion graphic designer
The Main Character
Main Character is about a man who is given an opportunity of his life time: Give up his body, and he can be with her forever. However, thatopportunity turns out to be a tragic manipulation. I would say this was the darkest film I was ever involved in.
The Three Little Beans
It aimed for a trilingual interstitial in a form of 3D animation that informs pre-schoolers the basics of English, Korean and Spanish.
Deviation from Daily Routines
This film was shot with a Bolex camera and edited in Final Cut Pro. The film expresses student’s daily routines that they need to study in daytime and do what they are passionate about in nighttime.
RuPaul's Drag Race Billboard
This piece was for reality competition show "RuPaul's Drag Race" on Logo TV to be displayed on billboards and bus ads.
Role: graphic designer
Sesame Street English
Sesame Street English introduce English to non-English-speaking children and heighten their interest via colorful books, games, and animation. My job was to create English workbook for elementary schoolers in Japan who seek to learn English as a foreign language
Role: graphic designer
The Korea Times
The Korea Times is a daily newspaper for Korean Americans in the States for breaking news resource in politics, business, culture, sports, entertainment, etc.
Role: editorial graphic designer
Bravo Interactive Book
This project was created as an educational media book to improve children in age of 4 to 5. Along with active interaction, the book is fun and interesting warm-learning material. The book covers all areas in balance and increases creativity.
Role: concept designer
My research focuses on literacy and language learning via virtual space. My current research is on using tablets for preschoolers' literacy enhancement. I would like to explore the effectiveness for children of learning essential literacy skills on a regular basis by using touchscreen tablets. Furthermore, I’m also interested in young children’s language attainment in a multilingual environment.