Advanced Design instructor Chris Snider tackles interesting topics, challenges with design


Shreya Beldona

Students engaging in a class discussion. Students discussed the problems and comments they had on their current project in their advanced design class.

Shreya Beldona, Reporter

Chris Snider, the Advanced Design instructor at MediaNow, tackles some of the problems he has faced during his design class, such as consistency and knowledge on multiple design softwares.

“(Students) are going to get a sense of the basics of Photoshop. Photoshop is a complex program that everyone teaches,” Snider said.

He said some design students often ask why they can’t use software they are comfortable with.

“When InDesign (another design software) is inevitably gone, they need to know some skills that will translate to something else,” Snider said.

By teaching them the “fundamentals,” Snider said he hopes when students use a new software, they are able to learn the basics and build from there rather than starting from ground level. Snider said he also has had to experience changes from using one software to another, which allows him to help his students so they, too, can adapt to software changes.

Still, Snider said he is impressed with the quality and level of knowledge within his group. He said his students have performed above his expectations.

Students in Snider’s class, like Rachel Albers, a Senior at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, in Kansas, said they are captivated and have fun in his class.

“So far in the class Chris (Snider) is really good at teaching us new techniques…. It’s just a lot of fun,” Albers said.