Powerpoint Animations

Below are sample PowerPoint files showing simple animations for advertising purposes. In PowerPoint you can “Export” these files as videos for display on digital signs.

Simple Animation 1

Simple Animation 2 with Video

Simple Animation 3

And here are documents showing the menu items used in PowerPoint for animations and step-by-step instructions on how to create a simple animation.

Creating text animation with PowerPoint

Creating text animation with PowerPoint – step by step

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Coding Interest Group


  • Background and formation of the group

The Coding Interest Group was started at the Library in February 2016 as a way for interested staff to learn about computer programming. After a foray into learning HTML and CSS via textbook and online courses, the group shifted to proposing, planning, and executing technology projects that could benefit the Library, including projects on digital signage and an intranet using Raspberry Pi units.

  • How we approached learning HTML & CSS

HTML and CSS: A Visual Quickstart Guide

Codecademy HTML & CSS


  • Raspberry Pi & Linux

Raspberry Pi 3 Kit

  • Digital signage project
  • Collaboration software for code sharing and version control



  • Publications and presentations stemming from the Coding Interest Group


“The Practice of Solidarity: Forming a Collaborative Coding Interest Group at AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library,” A co-authored chapter in Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology: Tips and Techniques for Advancing within Your Mission, Eds. Peter Fernandez and Kelly Tilton, ACRL Publications | Expected Spring 2017

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Adobe After Effects


What is After Effects?

After effects is a digital visual effects & motion graphics application developed by Adobe Systems and used in the post-production process of film making and television production. Among other things, After Effects can be used for keying, tracking, compositing and animation.

Where is everything in After Effects?

Project Panel:  Stores all of your media data & files. It is Located to the top left of screen interface. It provides basic information about your media files.

Composition Panel: Serves as a monitor to view all media files & preview of project timeline.

Render Queue Panel: Here is where you are able to view layers & rendering of your composition elements. Placing files in numerical order is very critical for viewing them in the composition panel.

Timeline: This is where your composition & project elements are all laid out to manipulate for final product.

How to Import footage?

You can import footage by either double clicking the Project panel area or click File > Import > File or Multiple files. Clicking & dragging from the Finder is also available for use.

How to Create A New Composition?

Always create a new (Video) composition first before adding any other items. You can either click & drag media clip(s) down to the composition icon & it will set composition based current footage settings. Also you may click Composition at the top of the screen—à New Composition.

Pulling Images & files into timeline?

Select image and/or files in project panel box then drag onto composition in comp panel. If you drag it on the composition video window you may choose “where” to place it, if dragged to the timeline you may choose “when” to place it.

Add special effect to a composition?

Look into special effects menu panel located to the top right side of interface. A vast list of special effects options will be available. Select by double clicking, allow a bit of time for render (depending on which effect) & view it in timeline.



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Accounting for optical illusions in design

Here’s a great video on how the new Google logo is not “perfectly” (geometrically) rendered:

It talks about how different aspects of the letters are tweaked to account for optical illusions. The same kind of thing might’ve been planned during the construction of the Greek Parthenon, which looks perfect but is actually offset to account for how the human eye sees things. For example, the Parthenon’s columns are not straight up-and-down columns:

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