HU Students' Skin Featured
"West African Gnome", a Windows Media Player
skin created by HU students is downloadable from the Microsoft http://www.windowsmedia.com/ skins
gallery. A skin is a custom Windows Media Player interface that
is an expression of digital artistry and functional utility. The
Windowsmedia.com skins gallery contains skins that have satisfied
rigorous Windows Media test criteria. Microsoft or professional
interactive media organizations developed most skins in the gallery.
Marcus Johnson (College of Engineering,
Architecture and Computer Sciences-CEACS) and Jennifer Young (John H. Johnson School of Communications)
intended the skin to be aesthetically consistent with the coloring
and markings commonly found on authentic West African Gnome woodcarvings.
The Gnome skin is a package with files containing images, Jscript
and XML. Gnome was originally submitted as a required assignment
for Digital Media Applications, an interdisciplinary course cross-listed
by the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Communications
and the College of Engineering, Architecture & Computer Sciences.
DMA course instructors, Drs. Gary Harris, C.C. Lee and Todd Shurn,
encouraged students continually to improve their skins and submit
them to Windowsmedia.com for gallery consideration.
Microsoft provided the DMA students with
Windows Media player handbooks and development software. Keith
Toussaint, Windows Media program manager and Howard alumnus,
says "this is a great example
of how industry, alumni and faculty can bring a more relevant educational
experience to students to prepare them for the challenges of industry."