My Cohort: Common Creativity

Since diving into my project, I’ve found the perspectives of other students engaged in creative work to be enlightening. In live, biweekly meetings and online, forum-style project updates, I’ve gained insight into my own creative process by listening to my peers discuss their own work.  I suspect this is true, not despite the diversity of…

The Counsel in The Cave

Hi there! My name is Josh Fratis and I’m excited to be a part of the 2022 Creative Arts Fellowship!  As part of the fellowship, I’m hard at work creating The Counsel in The Cave, a piece of magical realist interactive fiction about storytelling, graduating, and being lost. Interactive fiction is a style of storytelling…

Finishing the College Decision

I learned a lot from my time working on The College Decisionator. Before this project, I had never done any design or programming work in a professional setting. Working on a real product in a small team was a much different experience than developing personal projects on my own. I feel that while I learned…

A User’s Experience of The College Decision

It’s been well over a month since I started working on The College Decisionator. Though it’s been challenging to rise to the tasks at hand, adapt to the internship’s workflow, and learn new skills quickly, I’m happy to say that the project is proceeding very well. Since we started on The College Decisionator, we’ve been…

Gamifying The College Decision

My name is Josh Fratis and I am a sophomore at the University of PIttsburgh studying Digital Narrative and Interactive Design. I love bringing storytelling to the unique affordances of interactive media. Though my concentration is in game design, I’ve always had a passion for thinking critically about education and the needs of students. There’s…