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"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."  -Steve Jobs
2019-20
Graphic Design Class
How to Visually Communicate a Message
This semester we will work on some great projects using Photoshop, Illustrator, & InDesign.
Above are Links to Adobe Tutorials for Each Program
Weeks 12 & 13: November 18-22 and December 2-6, 2019
SELF-PORTRAIT ASSIGNMENT: WORTH 100 POINTS: Access the Assignment Reflection HERE
Assignment for ALL Adobe Software Students Worth 300 Points
DUE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2019 - Late work will NOT be accepted
  1. Create a public-awareness campaign with a message that promotes a social cause or issue—something for “the greater good” of society.
  2. You will develop TWO different 18x24 posters on your cause/issue.
  • IDEAS: plastic bags, recycling, extinction of species, global food shortages, extreme weather, water pollution, child abuse, violence, drug abuse, responsible fishing practices, forest fire prevention
  • Do the research. Do NOT just explore one site on your subject. You are required to write down the sources you used in your online reflection piece.
  • Your point of view may highlight the positive or negative aspects of your chosen topic.
  • Consider who your audience is and how you would like to speak to them.
  • These elements together make up the "look and feel: of your campaign:
  • Concept: Is it memorable? Does it have a call to action? POSITIVE ACTION MESSAGES are best.
  • Content: It must be original. Original headline, body copy (you MUST take the time and write it yourself), Do NOT go online, rework an existing poster or meme and expect credit. This is YOUR message - not a re-hash of someone else's.
  • Execution of concept: Is your layout of elements compelling?
  • Use of Typography: Readability and Legibility.
  • Use of Color: Are the color choices random, or did you develop a color palette/scheme?
  • STEPS
  • Research online. Visit, read and write-down the web addresses of EACH site you visit on your subject. You MUST cite at least 5 viable websites on a letter-size paper to be handed-in BEFORE you start on your poster design.
  • Make AT LEAST 50 concept thumbnail sketches from which you will develop three final ideas that you will develop into clean, detailed sketches. Pencil on letter-size paper is acceptable. 20% of your grade.
  • Make AT LEAST three comprehensive sketches of poster ideas that you want to explore. Tight renderings done in pencil on 11x17 paper. These will be 20% of your grade.
  • CREATE FILE: If using Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign: FILE SIZE =5400x7200 pixels (18x24 inches) (this is Portrait, Landscape is 7200x5400).
  • USE LAYERS - make certain your layers are labeled.  DO NOT FLATTEN LAYERS! If you do, your work will NOT be accepted.
  • DO NOT use copyrighted elements in your poster. No photos of US politicians, POSITIVE ACTION MESSAGES are encouraged. For copyright-free images, check out the links on the Resource Page..
  • Your finished file must be in .jpg format with layers intact. REPEAT: DO NOT FLATTEN LAYERS! If you do, your work will NOT be accepted. .ZIP your file and Turn it in using the Bear Icon at the top left of your software page.
Thoughts on Design & Drawing
Von Glitschka is a master designer from which we can all learn a great deal.
Von Glitschka has several excellent books on vector design as well as "must see" videos on LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com). Check-out his work here.

Von Glitschka: There is a reason I titled my courses 'Drawing Vector Graphics,' (DVG) everything I create starts with a drawing in one form or another. So I believe all designers (Whether they ever want to become an illustrator) should draw. There are specific themes, motifs, and directions you cannot execute when drawing doesn't play a part in your creative process.It may start as a thumbnail sketch, very crude. But keep drawing, erasing, re-drawing, and slowly discover the ideal form and shapes. I reference the real world even though my end design won't be realistic. It gives me cues on those details and aesthetics that make, in this case, a Rhino looks like a Rhino.Drawing is a progressive skill, but if you stick with it, you'll be able to leverage it for a lifetime.Yes, I prefer analog over digital drawing. I don't like the glove box feel of digital. That said, my daughter does all her drawing digitally and loves it. So nothing wrong with digital at all, just not my preference.So keep drawing. Embrace the struggle and stick to it. You'll never regret it, and you'll love the results it has on your work.
Weeks 10 & 11: November 4-15, 2019
You should be through AT LEAST Project 5 in Illustrator by now.
The theme is: Where is your mind?
This assignment is worth 200 points. The Reflection part of the assignment is worth 100 points.
You are going to do a work in the style of Andrea Constantini. First, check-out some of his work HERE.
Access the Assignment Sheet HERE
Access the Assignment Rubric HERE
WORTH 100 POINTS: Access the Assignment Reflection HERE
Week 9: October 28-31, 2019
Week 8: October 21-25, 2019
Rob Schwartz of Brain Buffet selected us to try out his new website for the Adobe training videos. You should have received an email inviting you & that has a link to the new site. Go there, use the regular login and get started. Let me know your thoughts, as I will be communicating on a regular basis with Rob.
Week 7: October 14-18, 2019
Keep active with your Photoshop skills. Go to the Photoshop page and do the Week 7 assignment. Show the beginning students how it's done!
I am a huge Von Glitschka fan. His creations in Illustrator are mind-boggling. His latest is below.
Look at the workflow for this image HERE. EXCELLENT STUFF!
Excellent, on-going Drawing-Vector-Graphics-Laboratory with Von Glitschka
Week 6: October 7-11, 2019
There are 124 ACA Photoshop videos to watch. There are approximately 30 class sessions left in the semester. If you are behind in your learning you need to watch at least 4 videos per day to stay on track!
Check out the GAG website (click on the logo below) and the AIGA website
Week 5: September 30 - October 4, 2019
Are you working on the logo ideas? Let me know what you're doing!
Week 4: September 23-27, 2019
Look at the Assignment below! I need to see sketches by the end of this week. After conferring with me, you will use Illustrator to build three of the logo choices. I highly recommend viewing Von Glitschka.
Logos are NOT created in Photoshop. They are created with vector tools, and Illustrator is what is used.
Assignment: Illustrator is all about the Pen tool! You must learn how to use it! Do ALL of the exercises HERE and show me your completed final screen to earn 50 points.
Week 3: September 16-20, 2019
Time to make a new logo for a famous local restaurant (fictional): The Fish Factory. Their sign (above) does not do justice to this exceptional restaurant, which is packed with customers every night. They desperately need a new look!

Do not go on the computer until you have done AT LEAST 20 sketches. Show me your sketches for 20 points. Look at the books that I have on logo design. Logo design is about so much more than a pretty picture. Do the research and learn as much as you can BEFORE you start! Carefully study the RUBRIC and it will help you understand what is expected.

Great WEBSITE to get ideas
Nice commentary on logo design by fellow Adobe Education Leader, Kevin McMahon: HERE
Week 2: September 9-13, 2019
Continue watching the videos. If you need a break, take a look at the latest issue of Create Magazine. You will be amazed at what you can make with Adobe software!
Week 1: September 4-6, 2019
3 THINGS DUE AT THE END OF THE WEEK:
SYLLABUS SIGNED, ONLINE SURVEYS, LIST OF 3 DESIGNERS TO FOLLOW AND WHY
What does a Graphic Designer do?
Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software (or by hand), to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and reports.
How much does a Graphic Designer earn?
Click HERE for the most recent study.
If you are registered for this class, please know that you must have experience using one or more of the following programs: Photoshop, Illustrator, and/or InDesign. The projects we will do will sometimes call for using all three programs!
This is a project-based class. You will be tackling design tasks that professionals do every day.
You can access the curriculum plan HERE.
GRAPHIC DESIGN COMPETENCIES YOU MUST KNOW
Let's get started:
The Importance of Thumbnail Sketches
Preparing Final Art
DAY 1 Activity
Week 2: September 9-13, 2019
Beyond these more traditional roles, designers are finding their creative problem solving and communication skills in demand in a growing list of industries, including government and public policy, insurance, health care, architecture, environmental services, and engineering. Graphic design is a competitive and ever-evolving profession that offers an expanding and rewarding number of career paths to the curious, determined, and hard working.