What Our Students Say

Spencer Cappiello, IDM BS 2018

all around maker with specialties in web apps, audio, fabrication, VR, motion capture, physical computing and funky digital pipelines/workflows connected by OSC.

Website: spencercappiello.com

What’s your hometown?

Venice Beach, CA

Why did you choose IDM as a major?

it's the most innovative tech-art major in the world.

What's your favorite thing about IDM & why?

we have amazing professors, resources and innovative classes with bright people.

How do you describe IDM to others?

wherever art and technology intersects, IDM is there and pushing boundaries.

What is your favorite IDM class so far and why?

Bodies in Motion - to collaborate with ITP students and learn cutting edge software while using the expensive motion capture lab is unparalleled.

What companies have you done internships with?

Locus (part of Summer 2017 I-Corps), interned with the Guggenheim museum, interned with Monohm Inc.

What projects are you currently working on?

SONANCY was a project that came out of Mark Skwarek's AR class with Jeremy Bailey co-teaching. The project is an immersive and spatialized binaural audio installation that uses motion capture to provide interactivity. See documentation here: http://www.spencercappiello.com/#projectSonancy

What are your career goals?

work for startups, make a startup, turn the startup into a company, open an incubator, help others.

What's your favorite spot in Brooklyn?

the brooklyn bridge park 

Who are the artists / designers / creative technologists that inspire your work?

luke dubois, trevor paglen, jon rafman, david carson, benjamin patterson, wassily kandinsky, salvador dali, golan levin, carlos cruz diaz, dan flavin, james turrell, mad zach, rafael rozendaal

What is your favorite media title? (i.e. book, website, game, music, performance, etc.)

her (movie)

Corinna Vong, IDM BS 2018

Corinna Vong
UI/UX and Graphic Designer who enjoys creating clear and intuitive experiences for users.

Website: corinnavong.myportfolio.com

What’s your hometown?

Cupertino, CA

Why did you choose IDM as a major?

Initially, I had an interest in video post-production. During my work on various video projects I began to explore different areas of digital media, which I found to be fascinating. IDM gave me the opportunity to pursue specific topics in the field of digital media while offering a unique balance of technology and creativity. This was important as it allowed me to develop my technical abilities as I explored my artistic side. In addition, the ability to learn and live in one of the most stimulating and exciting cities in the world, made the IDM program the right choice for me.

What's your favorite thing about IDM & why?

Honestly, my favorite thing about the IDM program is the group of instructors. They continuously encourage creativity while offering coursework and meaningful projects that prepare students for work in the real world. They are always available, and working with them has allowed me to explore and discover new subjects I’ve since become passionate about.

How do you describe IDM to others?

I describe IDM as a great opportunity to take a wide variety of courses in media and technology. Once you have found an interest to focus on, you can take advanced level courses in those subjects to further develop the skills necessary to succeed.

What is your favorite IDM class so far and why?

My favorite IDM class is Visual Foundation Studio because it was where I first developed my interest in graphic design. I was able to use design tools, principles and skills learned from the course, combined with feedback from the instructor to create a meaningful end-product for a small business.

What companies have you done internships with?

Interaction Design Intern at Verizon, Counselor at Tech Kids Unlimited

What are your career goals?

UX/UI Designer

What's your favorite spot in Brooklyn?

Patsy's Pizzeria

Who are the artists / designers / creative technologists that inspire your work?

Paul Rand, Saul Bass, Susan Kare, Josef Müller-Brockmann, Steve Jobs, and Jonathan Ive

What is your favorite media title? (i.e. book, website, game, music, performance, etc.)

Lonely Planet

Alexis Zerafa, IDM BS 2018

Alexis Zerafa
Digital producer, front end programmer, AR designer, and marketer just trying to bridge the gap between the technical and creative disciplines.

Website: alexiszerafa.com | LinkedIn

What’s your hometown?

Oakland County Michigan

Why did you choose IDM as a major?

When applying to colleges my choices were split between art schools and engineering schools. Finding such a perfect intersection of these two disciplines was an amazing and encompassing compromise.

What's your favorite thing about IDM & why?

I've always loved how close-knit the IDM community is. I quickly got to know most of the faculty on a personal level, and I feel like I could reach out to any of my fellow students for help when needed. If one person is good with cameras and the other knows VR, they help each other trade disciplines and grow together.

How do you describe IDM to others?

An intersection of technology thinking and computer science, and the design thinking and the digital arts. IDM is an exploration of the future through existing and emerging media.

What is your favorite IDM class so far and why?

Visual Foundation Studio set an amazing precedent for me. I loved the collaborative environment it created and I learned a lot through critiques and working closely with my classmates to improve my own work.

What companies have you done internships with?

I have had a number of internships across many verticals during my time at NYU. I worked for the following companies: J. Walter Thompson, Updater, IW Group, Soapbox strategists, General Assembly, and many more.

What projects are you currently working on?

I took the graduate Augmented Reality class through IDM, and for my project, I did a spatial exploratory of well-known public facets. Please see the video titled Park Perspective, for more information on this project at http://sites.bxmc.poly.edu/~alexiszerafa/portfolio/AR_VR.html

Also if you type in officeworld in the iOS App Store you can download my sticker pack!

What are your career goals?

My long-term career goal would be to be a CCO at either my own or an existing company. For now, I'm trying to become a creative director after spending some time as a digital producer.

What's your favorite spot in Brooklyn?

This may sound odd but the storefront of James Weir Floral is so beautiful every time I pass it. My friends and I would walk by after a long day of lecture on our way to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Who are the artists / designers / creative technologists that inspire your work?

My work is an amalgamation of inspiration from the onslaught of media presented to me every day (due to living in New York). But lately, Henrique Oliveira as his breathtaking large-scale installation work has inspired me to think bigger.

What is your favorite media title? (i.e. book, website, game, music, performance, etc.)

I definitely don't have a favorite, but I think Hyper-Reality is breathtakingly made 

Dylan Filingeri, IDM BS 2017

VR developer, game designer, and filmmaker.

Website (personal): dylanfilingeri.com | Website (company): 2n.design

Where do you currently work?

ESI Design, NYC

What’s your hometown?

Long Island, NY

Why did you choose IDM as a major?

From making games, to creating films, to recording music, IDM allowed me to study everything I was interested in.

What's your favorite thing about IDM & why?

IDM taught me the basics of many different fields in media, and opened me up to a lot of different creative avenues I would not have explored otherwise.

How do you describe IDM to others?

IDM encompasses everything: Games, Film, Music, Programming, UX/UI, VR, AR, etc.

What was your favorite IDM class and why?

My favorite class was with one of the professors who became a mentor of mine: Gabe Winer.

What's your favorite spot in Brooklyn?

My favorite spot in Brooklyn while I was in school was the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. It was a good place to take a breather when I was stressed about life and school.

Who are the artists / designers / creative technologists that inspire your work?

Stanley Kubrick, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Jonze, Ken Levine

What is your favorite media title? (i.e. book, website, game, music, performance, etc.)

her (Directed by Spike Jonze)

Fannie Pan, IDM BS 2017

UI/UX designer using research and passion to design for a cause.

Website: fanniepan.com | LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/fanniepan

Where do you currently work?

Celmatix (New York, NY)

What’s your hometown?

Chinatown (LES), NYC

Why did you choose IDM as a major?

Growing up, I was the creative black sheep in the family. While everyone else wanted to go into business, I wanted to apply for art school. However, in high school I started to get more interested in technology which led me to start out as a computer science major freshmen year at NYU. That obviously changed once I heard about the IDM program and it helped bridged the gap between my creative and technical side.

What's your favorite thing about IDM & why?

I was able to meet professors who were willing to put in 100% of their time to make a difference in the classroom and outside of the classroom. I learned a great deal about the industry because of them.

How do you describe IDM to others?

Safe space for individuals to express themselves through different mediums of technology in a creative way.

What was your favorite IDM class and why?

It's really hard to choose my favorite because I have multiple favorite classes. One of them is Ideation and Prototyping because it introduced me to the world of UI/UX design and research. That class kick-started my career choice/path. My other favorite class(es) has to be DeAngela's VFS and motion graphics classes because of how we always had time to get class feedback/criticism. As a designer, I want to get feedback from everyone because I am making something for the consumers and not myself. Getting feedback helps me grow and learn new things.

What companies have you done internships with?

Mango Concepts and Viacom (BET Media)

What projects are you currently working on?

I am currently working on multiple projects within Celmatix on the Fertilome genetic test package design, website design, and marketing materials. Another project I am a part of is Polaris which is a web-based data analytics platform to help optimize patient management and counseling.

What's your favorite spot in Brooklyn?

I feel like a lot of people will list Dumbo as their favorite spot but honestly this is my go to spot since freshmen year. I used to walk to Dumbo with my friends and sit by the water or explore the different piers through that area. There's always something that is going on so it is always a surprise when I visit.

Who are the artists / designers / creative technologists that inspire your work?

Chris Do, the founder of Futur. I watch a lot of his videos on YouTube to learn more about how creatives can become entrepreneurs. I also really love Caterina Bianchini's design as they are modern but color approaches. Lastly, I follow around 800 artists/designers/creatives on behance whom I really love getting inspiration from.

What is your favorite media title? (i.e. book, website, game, music, performance, etc.)

Youtube because it is where I go to find resources and tutorials on different design tools. YouTube is also my top choice because it is where I go on my down time to catch up on tv shows from South korea and hong kong.