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Archives: John Duhring

John has been a founding team member at seven startups, generating successful exits to Borland, 5th Generation Systems, EMC and AOL. He has applied technology to learning at Prentice-Hall, Apple, Dow Jones and for Stanford’s Professional Publishing Courses. As the Director of Communications and Partnerships at Cogswell, he is passionate about hands-on, team-based learning. A fifth-generation Californian, he grew up on the Monterey Peninsula. Duhring is an alum of UC Berkley where he received his BS in Business Administration.

What becomes a legend most? Cogswell graduates were privileged to observe a legend at the 2018 Commencement ceremony. There, Floyd Norman, the animator, writer, and artist who was the first African-American artist at the Walt Disney company, accepted his Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy degree from Cogswell. Throughout his continually evolving career, Floyd exemplified legendary characteristics.   Inspiration: […]

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Even though the influence of audio surrounds us all, we often fail to acknowledge its impact. As many Cogswell DAT graduates can attest, working with audio provides a proven pathway to discovery. Listening to music, or performing, producing and processing sounds leads us to pay attention the world around us more deeply. In his first semester […]

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When Duy Nguyen decided to develop a web-based interactive art portfolio for his Senior Project, he wanted to leverage the free web hosting provided via his GitHub repository. Could he produce a virtual art gallery that would enable anyone to walk around objects as well as observe flat surfaces? At the end of the semester, […]

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“When we use the word ‘design’, many people automatically think we are talking about the graphic arts. In business and industry, design thinking goes way beyond that.” With characteristic boldness, Cogswell President Brian Shepard welcomed a group from the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce on campus for a workshop in which they would learn to […]

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When One Ping Only received a positive reception after it was developed during January’s Global Game Jam, the team behind it decided to continue to develop the project. Kalyn Farmer, Scott La Fetra, and Daniel McKernan built on Derek Ho’s original models, refined the audio with Bradley Jardine and incorporated Kit Ainslie’s creature design in the game’s […]

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A college campus is not necessary for learning, but it is helpful. The variety of environments that make up a campus setting are becoming more accepted and sought after in workplaces. Breather, an innovative company out of Montreal, says its mission is to “make the world’s spaces connected, accessible and productive”. They have identified 7 […]

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In his book, Work Rules!: Insights From Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead, Laszlo Bock (Google’s former SVP of People) describes a ground-breaking project that set out to determine the best way to increase Noogler (new Googlers) effectiveness. His research found that the onboarding process, that period when new hires come up to speed […]

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As trade shows go, the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco creates an explosion of news each year. Polygon, a trade publication, issued over 70 articles this month about the show. The “big guys” (Google, Facebook, Amazon, Sony, Microsoft, etc) featured huge booths filled with gadgets, developer programs, and giveaways. But, for most attendees, the […]

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Cogswell’s game design and development program has been ranked as the #13 top undergraduate program nationwide in 2018 by the Princeton Review, and tops in Northern California. The Princeton Review announcement identifies the way the Cogswell program equips students with relevant, hands-on experience and a portfolio of their work. In their article, What to Look for […]

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Producing a one-minute animation can be serious business. For the Cogswell students who came up with the story, the setting and the animations for The Brink, it also represents an award-winning portfolio piece. At the end of their Fall semester classes, the students submitted their piece to the Animation Career Review’s 2017 Christmas Holiday Short Animation Contest and walked away […]

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