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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
"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."
   -Steve Jobs
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!
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.