Hi! I am Troy W. Finamore.
I am the Program Director of Interactive Digital Media at Drexel University

troy.finamore@drexel.edu | 1.215.895.2012
Office: URBN-230C | Calendar

I teach students how to design and build amazing things.

Below is a list of classes that I teach. More information about these can be found in the Drexel Catalog.

DIGM-100: Digital Design Tools

Students learn the basics of visual design within the digital realm. Software tools such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are utilized.

DIGM-223: Creative Concept Design

This course explores methods to develop design concepts on demand. Topics to be considered include recognizing one’s imaginative potential, expanding fanciful memory, and maintaining a creative ecology of mind.

DIGM-491: Senior Project in Digital Media

This is a three-course sequence. Requires a project that demonstrates the integration of the academic and practical knowledge the student has acquired in the overall field as well as in one or more specializations.

IDM-100: Intro to Web Development

This course introduces students to the process of managing online content as well as how to define the presentation styles and interaction modes for the user through the use of a content management system.

IDM-101: History of Web Development

This course explores all aspects of web development including the foundations of web technologies, formulation of web standards and how the user's wants and needs have changed over time. Also discussed will be ground-breaking websites and the evolution of interface design for the web.

IDM-211: User Interface Design I

This course covers the design, prototyping, and evaluation of graphical user interfaces by exploring topics like human capabilities, input technologies, heuristic evaluation, and design methods, principles and rules. We will learn how to design aesthetically pleasing user interfaces, covering important design principles.

IDM-212: User Interface Design II

This course builds upon the topics covered in User Interface Design I by exploring advanced topics of graphical user interface design for desktop, mobile, and touch screen devices.

IDM-215: User Experience Design

In this course, students learn to identify and implement the elements required to create incredible digital experiences. Through the application of user-centered design practices, students will develop predictive and enjoyable designs based on a holistic consideration of users’ experience. Topics covered in this course include research methods, brand personality, content strategy, information architecture, and usability.

IDM-221: Web Design I

This course is a comprehensive overview of the design, creation, delivery and maintenance of functional, standards-based content on the Internet. Students will learn the aesthetics of web design alongside the underlying markup languages. They will critically evaluate web design quality, learn how to create and maintain quality web sites, and learn about accessibility and web design standards, and why they are important.

IDM-222: Web Design II

This course builds upon the topics covered in Web Design I by exploring advanced web development topics and current industry best practices.

IDM-231: Scripting for Interactive Digital Media I

This course explores modern client-side scripting languages that interact with the user, control the browser, communicate asynchronously, and alter document content and functionality.

IDM-232: Scripting for Interactive Digital Media II

This course explores modern server-side technologies for Internet based delivery of dynamic content that connect to and manipulate database content. Students learn how to build interactive, data-driven products.

IDM-250: Content Management Systems

Students set up a content management system, then design and develop a custom theme from scratch. Includes project planning, organizing and maintaining a quality code base through version control repositories.

IDM-371: Interactive Digital Media Workshop I

This course explores the developing or redesigning a successful interactive digital experience. Students work in team environments to analyze project requirements, develop a strategy for development, and utilize their design skills to present their findings to the client.

IDM-372: Interactive Digital Media Workshop II

This course builds upon the topics covered in Interactive Digital Media Workshop II by continuing to work in a team environment to building a high-fidelity interactive digital media prototype with a focus on usability testing.

Work

Plaque
Plaque

Video game concept developed in DIGM-100

The Author
The Author

Video game concept developed in DIGM-100

Portfolio
Portfolio

Design and coded static portfolio website.

ANS Explore

ansp.org

ANS Explore

IOS and Android app focused on 6-12 year old visitors of the Academy of Natural Sciences

MoCCA
MoCCA

Conceptual visualization of a possible rebranding of the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art's website.

Pennsbury
Pennsbury Manor

Conceptual visualization of a possible rebranding of the Pennsbury Manor website.

NYC
NYC

eCard for Visit NYC

Coeur D'Alene
Coeur D'Alene

promotional eCard for Coeur D'Alene

Sharks
Sharks

Flash based shark app based on zodiac algorithm.

San Francisco
San Francisco

eCard to promote San Francisco tourism.

Lost
Lost

LOST television show themed Flash based zodiac app.

The Beatles
The Beatles

Beatles themed Flash based zodiac app.

Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

Rebranding of Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame website

Coffeebot

Responsive website

PB & U
PB and U

Restaurant app prototype created using Axure.

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Preparation

  • Drexel University, M.S. Information Sciences, 2013
  • New York University, Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Web Development, 2007
  • School of Visual Arts, Advertising (Cont. Ed.), 1999
  • California State University, Fullerton, B.A. Fine Art, 1991

Appointments

2014-Present
Program Director, Interactive Digital Media
Dept. of Digital Media, Drexel University, Phila., PA
2012-2014
Assoc. Program Director, Interactive Digital Media
Dept. of Cinema & Television, Drexel University, Phila., PA
2011-2012
Program Director, Digital Media
Dept. of Cinema & Television, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
2008-2011
Assoc. Program Director, Digital Media
Dept. of Cinema & Television, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
2007-present Assistant Teaching Professor
Dept. of Cinema & Television, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
2006-2007
Adjunct Professor
Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY
2005-2007
Adjunct Professor
Dept. of Cinema & Television, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
2000-2003
Art Director
Media Designs / Brand Games, New York, NY
1999-2000
Art Director
Creative Network Services, New York, NY
1998-1999
Art Director
Earle Palmer Brown, New York, NY
1993-1998
Art Director / Owner
Finamore Design, Orange, CA
1991-1993
Graphic Designer
Strottman Marketing, Irvine, CA
1990-1991
Graphic Designer
Vision Sports, Irvine, CA
1987-1990
Graphic Designer / Production Manager
Scott’s Screen Printing, Orange, CA
1986-1987
Graphic Designer
Dr. Dream Records, Orange, CA

Synergistic Activities

2014-Present
Head of P.A.R Committee for Interactive Digital Media
2014-Present
Digital Media Graduate Committee Member
2011-Present
Drexel University Westphal College Research Day Judge
2011-2012
Member of the AWCoMAD Web Committee
2011-2012
Westphal Representative for Drexel University Computing Academy (DUCA)
2010-2012
Drexel University Media Collaboration Group Member
2009-2011
SMAD Committee Member
2009-2011
SIGGRAPH Group Faculty Advisor
2008-Present
NASAD Committee Member
2007-2008
Design For Media Curriculum Revision Committee

Collaborations & Affiliations

  • 2013-Present Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
  • 2012-Present Philadelphia Fire Department Web App
  • 2007-Present cap4kids.org for Saint Christopher Hospital
  • 2008-2009 PhillyHope.net for Saint Christopher Hospital

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Graphic Artists
  • Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques
  • Creative Mornings
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Refresh Philly
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon

Professional Awards & Recognition

2002
WebAward.org Outstanding Web Site
mediadesigns.com
2002
WebAward.org Standard of Excellence
pfizer.com/brain
2002
AdWeek Icon Gold Award, Marketing Innovation
The Merrill Lynch Game Collection
2002
AdWeek Icon Silver Award, Marketing innovation, Non-tech Companies
Ralston-Purina “Incredible Dog” HTML email campaign

Citations

  • Identity Crisis: 50 Redesigns That Transformed Stale Identities Into Successful Brands (F+W Publications)
  • Encyclopedia of Advertising (Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers & Duke University)
  • Lurzer’s International Archive (Vol. 4-2000)