Dr. Bill Kolomyjec
I have been involved in many aspects of computer art/computer graphics and learning. First as a student and pioneer of the medium at Michigan State University (MSU). Followed by several years of professing engineering graphics, computer graphics and computer art at The Ohio State University (OSU). Followed by being called upon to start a program at Northern Illinois University (NIU), College of Visual and Performing Arts, School of Art, Department of Design called Electronic Media where I was an Associate Professor of Design.
I left academics when presented with an opportunity to work for Pixar. My first role at Pixar was as RenderMan™ Evangelist marketing their 3D rendering technology.
When the company reorganized I took a side trip to start a Renderman™ accessory company called The VALIS Group with three other ex-Pixar employees. I rejoined Pixar as their International Marketing Manager and established a global distribution network for shrink-wrapped desktop rendering software products. After the success of Toy Story my role changed again, this time to market and assist in the development of edutainment products based on the characters from the animated film.
When Pixar gave up Pixar Interactive and became an animation studio I went to work at Anderson Consulting as a Learning Architect. There I found my niche designing graphics for multimedia training products. After several years my division morphed into Accenture Learning and I started designing E-Learning graphics and managing projects. I “retired” from Accenture Learning and relocated to Pinellas County Florida.
I came out of retirement to take a position as academic adjunct faculty at the Art Institute of Tampa (AiTA) to teach E-Learning, Web Design and Interactive Media classes. After several years I left AiTA and took a position as a Professional Trainer at the Workforce Institute in the Corporate Training department of Saint Petersburg College (SPC). I taught Digital Media classes as an academic adjunct, in the Humanities/ Fine Arts/ Digital Media department until Covid-19 made classroom teaching a health risk.
Finally, fully retired, I promote my legacy and create Generative Art at my leisure.
Largo, Florida (Artist / 2020 - present). Generative Art Design, Development and Production, Computer Graphics/Computer Art Advocacy and Legacy activities.
Saint Petersburg College (Adjunct Faculty / Professional Trainer / 2013 - 2020). Digital Media instruction. Instructor Lead Training (Media Applications)
Art Institute of Tampa (Adjunct Faculty / 2010 - 2013). Digital Media instruction.
Accenture (Senior Graphic Designer / 1998 - 2009).
Led projects and supervised other graphics artists in the design and production of the visual components for learning products and other marketing collateral and display materials. Contributed to the visual design and usability of learning products and learning management systems.
Pixar (Marketing / 1989 - 1997).
Contributed to the design of successful Pixar Interactive “edutainment” products (Toy Story Animated storybook and Toy Story Activity Center educational CD-ROMs) by doing market research, focus groups and developing age appropriate games. Established an international distribution network for Pixar application products consisting of approximately 30 dealers in 15 countries which resulted in approximately 15% of shrink-wrapped product sales for the company. Promoted RenderMan™ photorealistic rendering and special effects software as an emerging computer graphics technology to prospective OEM clients, third party vendors and presented at a variety of marketing venues.
Northern Illinois University (Associate Professor of Design / 1985 - 1989). Promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in four years. Introduced technology into the Design curriculum. Created a new program called Electronic Media.
The Ohio State University (Assistant Professor of Engineering / 1981 - 1985). Taught Engineering Graphics courses: Mechanical Drawing, Descriptive Geometry and Technical illustration.
Education and Professional Development
PhD, Higher Education and Administration, Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI. 1981
MFA, Graphic Design, Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI. 1975
BFA, Industrial Design, Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI. 1969
Visiting Scholar (post-Doctorate), Graduate School of Education, University of California at Berkeley. Berkeley, CA. 1997.