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Iowa Lakes Students Create Holiday e-Card for the College

December 21, 2012

For the second year in a row, two Iowa Lakes students have created the official college holiday e-Card.
Students in the ‘Flash’ class of the Web Development and Design program were given the project as their final ‘exam.’  Students could choose to work alone or in a team of two.
The ‘winners’ of the competition are Derek Gerken and Brian Nock.  Both were taking the Flash class taught by Kevin Grems. Derek is a Graphic Design student and Brian is in the Web Development and Design program.
Derek liked the class because he has always enjoyed drawing and animating.  Brian said it’s a great way to add animation and interactivity to a web page, plus the course was part of the curriculum to graduate from the program.
When it came time to ‘team up,’ it worked out well since they would always sit next to each other in class.
“I already had an idea for the project, but I knew I wouldn’t have time to do all the work myself,” said Derek.
They each had a specialty.
“I was better at electronically drawing up the stage components, while Brian was excellent at learning different methods of animating the scenery,” said Derek.
“Derek is much better at creating the graphics and I think we both had a lot of good ideas that contributed to the end product,” Brian said.
Students in the class were given some basic parameters and then they were on their own.
“The parameters for the most part were flexible and I liked being able to come up with our own design with just a couple of things that had to be included,” Brian said.
And, what advice would they offer to next year’s class?
“Get a rough idea down and don’t put it off until the last minute because with animation something can go wrong very quickly and take a long time to fix,” Derek said.
Interested individuals may view the e-Card by visiting the official college website of and then clicking on the first rotating image on the right side of the computer screen.  At the conclusion of the e-card, the viewer may choose to watch it again. 
Both Derek and Brian expect to graduate from Iowa Lakes in the spring of 2013.
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