Senior Associate Dean
Senior Associate Dean
BFA, Alfred University; MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology
Chris Jackson is an author, designer, professor, and the Associate Dean in the College of Art and Design at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Before joining the RIT faculty, Chris was a new media designer with Eastman Kodak Company, creating and delivering online instructional training. He continues to be an animator, designer, developer, and consultant for global corporations. He lectures and conducts workshops related to motion graphics and interactive design.
Chris's professional work has received over 25 distinguished national and international awards for online communication. His areas of research include user experience design, motion graphics, visual storytelling and interactive design for children. His interactive work is part of the American Comic Book Heroes exhibit at The Strong National Museum of Play.
Chris continues to publish and present his research and professional work at Adobe MAX, ACM Siggraph and the Society for Technical Communication (STC). Chris is the author of After Effects for Designers (Focal Press, 2017), After Effects and Cinema 4D Lite (Focal Press, 2014), Flash Plus After Effects (Focal Press, 2010), Flash Cinematic Techniques (Focal Press, 2010), and co-author of Digital Design in Action (Focal Press, 2017) and Flash 3D: Animation, Interactivity, and Games (Focal Press, 2006).
In the News
July 13, 2022
Alumnus applies design superpowers to new 'Ms. Marvel' series
Jake Mathew '04, '06 MFA has completed high-profile motion design projects throughout his career — the latest was animating the main on end titles for Ms. Marvel.
February 7, 2020
Making the Invisible Visible at the Images from Science Exhibition
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine highlights the “Images from Science 3” (IFS 3) exhibition, produced by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine professor Norman Barker and RIT professors Michael Peres, Bob Rose, Chris Jackson and Ted Kinsman.
October 18, 2018
Podcast: Critical Thinking
Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 1: Our debut episode features a conversation between Eugene Fram, professor emeritus from Saunders College of Business, and Chris Jackson, associate dean of the College of Art and Design. The two discuss how they came to value the importance of critical thinking and the role it plays in education, business, design and everyday life.
Author | After Effects for Designers
After Effects for Designers teaches design students, artists, and web, graphic, and interactive designers how to design, develop, and deploy motion design projects using Adobe After Effects. Each...
Author | Digital Design in Action: Creative Solutions for Designers
This book explores the creative design aspects for various mediums, including the Web, apps, ePub, visual presentations, and PDF. Using the latest digital publishing tools and a project-based pedagogy...
Author | After Effects and CINEMA 4D Lite
This book clearly demonstrates how the new 3D workflow bridges Adobe After Effects and Maxon CINEMA 4D together to raise the design bar for motion graphics and broadcast design. Hands-on exercises...