Biography

Welcome:

First and foremost, thank you for stopping by! The following collection of work represents the ongoing emergence of my designs, thoughts, and interests. While my brain is always on overdrive, time seems to be forever against me. There are fewer and fewer hours in the day to work on the never-ending pile of projects that appears to be exponentially growing. That being said, new projects and developing work will be continually added.

If you are interested in learning more about a specific image or page, be sure to click on the "i" icon in the upper right hand corner of select pages. 

Enjoy!

 

Biography:

Jason Labovitz is a designer, educator, and musician; pursuing his continual interest between the perpetual interactions of physical and digital mediums. Jason’s undergraduate studies included: architecture, music, and recording technology. He received a Bachelor of Science in Technology from Bowling Green State University in 2009. He furthered his interest in design as he completed a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012.

Jason has worked at architecture firms in Aurora, Cleveland, and Toledo, Ohio, as well as Chicago, Illinois. He has also collaborated and worked with world-renowned Austrian artists Kurt Hentschlager and Erwin Redl. From educational building design to historic preservation, landscape architecture to public housing, as well as large-scale interactive audiovisual art installations, Jason has worked on many projects of different scales across all phases of design. Project locations included: Aurora, Bowling Green, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland, Dayton, and Toledo, Ohio, Chicago, Illinois, as well as Birmingham, England. 

Upon moving back to northeast Ohio, Jason received a Post-Baccalaureate Teaching License in Integrated Mathematics (grades 7-12) from Cleveland State University in 2015. Jason also holds a Teaching License in Visual Arts (grades K-12). Before joining the Akron Public School District he taught in the North Ridgeville City School District at both the North Ridgeville Academic Center (grades 6-7) and Ranger High-Tech Academy STEM (grades 2-8). There he taught Traditional Art, Digital Art, and Fabrication. Jason was also a Teaching Fellow with the Cleveland Museum of Art while teaching at Ranger High-Tech Academy for the 2018-2019 school year. His research project High Tech Low Res focused on gallery and object-based art. Jason also taught Graphic and Digital Design for three years in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District at Facing History New Tech (grades 9-12).

Jason’s courses focus on the following software: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign as well as Rhino 3D, AutoCAD, SketchUp, iMovie, QuickTime, and Google Applications. While a great deal of course time is invested in teaching students the technical skills needed to utilize the various software, particular attention focuses on allowing students to develop creative, imaginative, and original work. Final products are often non-digital, allowing students' designs to manifest into real, physical objects. From 3D printed and handmade models to large formatted prints, the overall goal is to develop an idea into a reality. It is only by bringing the design out of the computer, shifting from the digital to physical, that the full potential of these goals are achieved.

Currently, Jason is teaching Information Technology, Animation, and Digital Image Manipulation at Buchtel CLC in the Akron Public School District (grades 9-12).

Design Philosophy:

Materials, complex systems, and aesthetics are fundamental characteristics in the design process. With advancements in technology and an exponential growth in education, these constructed elements juxtapose their conventional archetypes. However, in any art form there is a commonality in practice. Intention, interpretation, and progression are all necessary elements in the advancement of a meaningful craft.

Within design it is common to look at the surrounding social, economical, and psychological aspects during the conceptual process. Should we limit ourselves to such a narrow field? The surrounding technologies, art forms and cultures should also contribute towards our composition. It is important that one has an open mind towards other external influences. Fashion, music, and digital arts all enrich the creative process. Though they involve different forms of media, their processes and intentions share the same basic principles. Innovative compositions become the representation of many ideas incorporated into a single comprehensive form.