DTC Welcomes New Faculty Member Jacob Riddle
By: Max Ciot
This fall, the Department of Digital Technology and Culture welcomes another new faculty member, Jacob Riddle. He brings to the department over eight years of experience teaching in art and technology related fields, and 15 years of experience working with technology itself.
During Fall 2020, Jacob is teaching DTC 201: Tools and Methods for Digital Technology and DTC 335: 3D Animation this semester. In the future, he is excited to teach a new course to the DTC Pullman campus, DTC 492: Engines and Platforms, and DTC 435: Advanced Animation. In the past, he’s taught a variety of different subjects, such as an internet art class, and he hopes to teach related subjects in the future at WSU. He also taught a digital sculpture class at Syracuse University that focused on 3D modelling where you could scan physical objects into the digital world, or print digital objects into the physical world.
For the past year, Jacob was a visiting professor in the Art & Technology program at the University of Oregon. He states it was a great opportunity, albeit a little complicated due to the short notice he received. He lived in a camper in Eugene, Oregon for a year. Previously, however, he was in New York at Syracuse University where he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Transmedia. He stuck around after graduation and ended up spending nearly seven years at the university. Jacob also returned to New York with his camper once the University of Oregon went online. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio and ran an art gallery for a few years.
Jacob’s background is all over the place, which he says is a specialty in its own way. With a background in construction and fabrication, he has skills that go hand in hand with digital content creation. He thinks of himself as a person who collects skills, and when working on a project he seeks out how to finish it. Tools don’t get to dictate the direction his project is going.
One of Jacob’s proudest achievements is the impact and connections he gets to create with his students. One such example is one of his previous students reaching out to share a typeface generated using Artificial Intelligence that they had created. Jacob is also proud of a collaboration with the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University. Through this collaboration students in his classes 3D scanned objects in the SCRC’s Plastics Collection and utilized the collection as primary research material. More information about this collaboration can be found on in this blog post. This collection focused on plastics. Jacob also worked with a few classes to digitize the collection and show that it can be used as research material.
Jacob has a website at Jacob.Expert if you are interested in finding out more.