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DIGITAL MEDIA 2021-22
Learn how to use type, images, space, shapes, and color to effectively communicate visually with your audience.
Week 7: March 28-April 1
NONE of the posters that were turned-in were acceptable or even close to it.
Week 6: March 14-17
Week 5: March 7-10
Monotype Type Trends 2022 eBook HERE
Check out this terrific artist's story HERE
Graphic Design Assignment
It is a concert for the ages and YOU have been selected to create a poster. Use the information below and create an eye-catching, colorful poster that will sell a record-number of concert tickets!
  • Go HERE and spend at least 30 minutes looking at posters and sketching ideas.
  • Use all of the information on the poster below
  • Include the Festival Logo: very rough version HERE
  • Poster size: 12"x18"
  • Use InDesign. Save your finished file as: YourName.png
  • Absolute deadline: Thursday, March 18
While you're at it, check out this amazing website featuring a workshop for top designers. Check out the supporting graphics all produced by my hero, Von Glitschka!  Rock n Roll Reunion RUSSELL BROWN
Week 4: Feb 28 - Mar 9
Tuesday, Feb 22
You will change the colors in Photoshop, save the four files as .png files and then place them into an InDesign document designed to sell the garment. Save the file as a .pdf with your name as the name of the file. DUE ON FRIDAY.
Size of Ad: 5"x7"
Words that must be included in the ad:
  • On Sale Now
  • Reg. $235.00, Now $95.00
  • This week Only
  • Include THIS LOGO
  • Include the address: 2020 S. Divine Avenue
  • Include the phone#: (206) 444-4100
  • Color and feature: DRESS 1
  • Color and feature: DRESS 2
  • Color and feature: DRESS 3
  • Color and feature: DRESS 4
Visibility & Readability
Week 3: Feb 14 - 25
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Adobe InDesign: it is always open on my computer. It is a great program.
I will show you some hints, especially how to find additional fonts.
  • Using the Pep Talk Generator, you will come up with words that you will use to create an eye-catching typographical design.
  • It's all about fonts and color. Do NOT rush through this. Take the time to explore different fonts.
  • Do not combine more than three fonts - be very aware that not all fonts work together well. BEFORE you decide on font choices, go to this website and this website and LEARN more about font pairings.
  • Save your file as a .PDF and turn it in using the turn-in button in the upper right corner of this page.
  • RUBRIC
  • .tif
  • .eps
  • .png
  • .jpg
  • .pdf
  • .indd
  • .idml
  • .xml
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from last week... Three Digital Images from Whacky Prompts
Assignment Sheet & Rubric HERE
  1. Over the course of the next 3 weeks, you will create 3 images using the software program(s) of your choice:
    Creative Express, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop
  2. Each illustration must include one choice from EACH of the 3 columns
  3. You cannot repeat any of the choices, so take some time to plan accordingly
  4. Take the time and use the available software to achieve polished results. Go online and find photos that work! Do not do a Google search and download a lame (and probably copyrighted) low resolution image! Quality work starts with quality images! Explore the websites listed in the resources tab.
  5. FILE FORMAT: YourName.png -------.png files ONLY, 300ppi
  6. Read the Rubric!
Week 2: Feb 7 - 10
These are Weird Times...
"Over the past couple of weeks, some people who listen to KUOW in their Mazdas say their car radio is permanently stuck on 94.9 FM. It's only affecting KUOW, Mazdas from 2016, and we have no idea why."
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Let's do another Creative Express Project. Creative Express is easy, quick, and slick.
  • -I will hand out the following SHEET. circle 4 - 6 words that you think describe out class.
  • -Go HERE and read the instructions.
  • -Download the images by clicking on them- you can edit them and change them in any way you wish.
  • -Click on the Poster Template button on that same site.
  • -Add words, images and colors to make your design unique and memorable.
  • -Make your FULL NAME the name of the file and turn it in using the red, round turn-in button at the top of this page.
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Take a look at this (I will show it in class, too) Design Trends for 2022
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Three Digital Images from Whacky Prompts
Assignment Sheet & Rubric HERE
  1. Over the course of the next 4 weeks, you will create 3 images using the software program(s) of your choice: Creative Express, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop
  2. Each illustration must include one choice from EACH of the 3 columns
  3. You cannot repeat any of the choices, so take some time to plan accordingly
  4. Take the time and use the available software to achieve polished results. Go online and find photos that work! Explore the websites listed in the resources tab.
  5. FILE FORMAT: YourName.png -------.png files ONLY, 300ppi
  6. Read the Rubric!
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Semester 2 Welcome!
Week 1: Jan 31 - Feb 3
1. Syllabus - Read it & Sign it. Have your parents sign it.
2. Warmup - How well can you type? Let's find out HERE
3. First Assignment - 200 points - Due Wednesday, Feb 2
So...Adobe decided to rebrand Spark. It is now Adobe Creative Express. It is a lot better and has some great new features.
  • Using your cell phone, you are going to have someone take your photo in the green screen area. Take a full-body shot (do several poses, angles) and take a few photos from the waist up. 
  • Go into Photoshop and remove the green screen so that your image is on a transparent background. Do not hesitate to ask for my help. Do any other clean-up that you would like.
  • Now, go to: https://express.adobe.com/sp/remix/post/HeDrlDRXX0JML  and follow the easy-peasy directions.  I will do a demonstration so that you can see what is involved.  Change colors, change words, add icons - take the time and have fun with this. Content must be school-appropriate.
  • When you are done with your design,  go to the Share dropdown at the right of the screen. Click Email and send it to judy@durkin.com. I will print it out in color and give it to you.  
  • RUBRIC HERE
Name your files with your FULL NAME and turn-in using the red circle turn-in button at the top of this page. The button is on every page.
Take a look at this (I will show it in class, too) Design Trends for 2022
Final Exam Semester 1- Project
Do not download these images as they are low resolution
Part 1: On the Computer
Using PHOTOSHOP only, you need to place the man on the stairs. It is trickier than you might think. Use the two images below.
Download the images HERE:
(1) (2)
Do NOT flatten the layers in your Photoshop document. If you do, you will not get credit. Save your file in .psd format. Name your file with your name & turn it in using the round, red turn-in button at the top right of this page.
Part 1 Exam Details HERE
Part 2: Off the Computer
100 points: While the other group is taking the test, you need to sketch logo ideas ON PAPER for the following new restaurant: The Fish Factory.
  • Write "The Fish Factory" at the top of the paper.
  • Minimum 20 sketches.
  • Your Full Name on the back of the paper
Week 19: January 24-27    
Mon. Jan 24: Jellyfish
Tues. Jan 25: Desert Arch + Nasa Astronaut
Make the astronaut coming through the hole in the rock
Week 18: January 19-21    
TUESDAY - FRIDAY
EVERY day this week, you will be given a photo object.
Tues. Jan 18:  Wasp
Thurs. Jan 20   Terrier
Wed. Jan 19    Orange Juice
Fri. Jan 20     Scales
Using PHOTOSHOP only, you need to do something with that day's image.. Just about anything is acceptable - no profanity, nudity, or school-inappropriate messaging.
Save your file in .png format. Name your file with your name & turn it in HERE.
    Week 17: January 10-13    
    MONDAY-THURSDAY
    The time to get to work is NOW.
    You are going to design an App! UX design is fun, and XD is not difficult to learn.
    ASK FOR HELP   ASK FOR HELP   ASK FOR HELP   ASK FOR HELP
      Week 15: December 13-16     Christmas Break starts Friday!
      MONDAY-THURSDAY
      Self Portrait - the final project: Capstone project
      1. Read thoroughly and follow the directions in this document.
      2. Digital Self Portraits
      3. Typographic Portrait
      4. Typography Portrait Attempt #2 DUE JAN 13th
      5. Sample 1
      6. Sample 2
      7. Have a friend take a photo of you using a phone and email it to yourself
      8. Important! Name your final document properly: LastNameFirstName.png
      9. To get started have a friend take a photo of you using a phone and email it to yourself
      10. IMPORTANT: Document size =11x17 inches
      11. Project Deadline: Thursday January 21, 2022
      12. Rubric
      Week 15: December 6-9
      Outcome of the data input
      Just hang in there...It will only be 4 days (hopefully).
      We will be back in person on Monday, December 13th!
      Week 15: December 6-9
      ASSIGNMENT #1: Due Monday
      Take the Employability Test HERE
      ASSIGNMENT #2: Due Monday
      You are going to rate the Ancient Grains logo designs HERE
      ASSIGNMENT #3: Due Tuesday
      A new creature! Go HERE
      ASSIGNMENT #4: Due Wednesday
      ASSIGNMENT #5: Due Thursday
      Week 14: November 29- December 2
      As of Wednesday, December 1st, this class will move to daily participation grades.
      You are going to take your best logo sketch for Ancient Grains Foods, Inc. and create it in Adobe Illustrator. Then you will open it in InDesign, resize it to the parameters listed below, print it, mount it, and set it for display and judging. Every student will judge every entry. A simple rubric will be provided.
      Week 12: November 15-18   
      Before you turn your proposed logo into presentable vector art, you need to get an idea of the different ways in which people work with Illustrator. Bezier Curves and building shapes are the two most useful skills you need to practice.
      MONDAY + TUESDAY (if necessary)
      BEZIER CURVES - the key to Illustrator - this is HARD to conquer - but you must! It's a rite of passage.
      Important Assignment:
      Go HERE and when you have worked through ALL of the exercises, call me over for a grade.
      TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY
      WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY
      Start constructing your logo design in Illustrator. This will probably take 2-4 hours.
      Logo RUBRIC
      Week 11: November 8-10   
      You are going to design a logo for Ancient Grains Foods, Inc.
      • Research grains/flour companies online ~2 hours - Take Screenshots!
        Make sketches! Take Notes!
      • Adobe Illustrator: Jason Hoppe
      • How to Design a Logo
      • Talk to Durkin re: LogoLounge.com
        Visit website and research ~2 hours
      • Look at the many books in the classroom- Durkin's library
      • Take your time - the more internet searches, the more images you view, the more ideas you will get.
      • Understand why you need a logo
      • Identify your brand identity
      • Find inspiration for your design
      • Check out the competition
      • Choose your design style
      • Find the right type of logo
      • Pay attention to color
      • Pick the right typography
      Bezier Curves: the key to Illustrator
      Important Assignment: Go HERE and when you have worked through
      all of the exercises, call me over for a grade.
      Week 10: November 1-4   
      END OF QUARTER Friday, Nov 5
      Let's learn this vital design concept.
      CMYK - RGB - PMS (Pantone) - HEX - Rich Black - Grayscale
      • Go HERE and check out some of the great color sites.
      • Take the color blindness test, especially if you are male (8% of men have color blindness).
      • LEARNING TASK #1: Go to ColourLovers website. Scroll down a little, click on PATTERNS, then COLOR A PATTERN. Scroll down through the patterns (there are thousands of them). Choose a pattern and color it in however you want - it is easy. When you are done, raise your hand, I will come over, check your work and discuss your color choices with you - for a grade.
      • LEARNING TASK #2: Up for a challenge? Do the Color IQ Test. Show me your screen for a grade.
      • Find a color site that you like. Go HERE and explore.
      • ASSIGNMENT: COLORx3. Using Illustrator, InDesign or Photoshop, create a document 1,000 pixels x 1,000 pixels- 300ppi. Using only 2 colors (and accompanying tints), create an interesting visual that is attractive, compelling, and uplifting.You may use shapes, line, photos, letters, anything as long as ONLY 2 colors are used.
      • LEARNING TASK #3: You are going to choose 4 (and ONLY 4) Sharpie pens for this assignment. What mood are you communicating with the four colors? Remember your experience coloring-in a pattern on ColourLovers.com. I strongly suggest you consider using dots/lines as an alternative to just "coloring-in" the pattern. Your final work will be displayed, compared and judged by all students, so put your name & class period IN PENCIL on the back. Color Questionnaire and RUBRIC HERE (it will be printed-out for your convenience).
      Week 9: October 24-28
      Photoshop Layers
      Let's learn this vital Photoshop feature.
      1. Create New Document in Photoshop: 1000px wide x 1000px high
      2. - Save the document into your computer folder in this format:
         LastNameFirstName.pdf
        - Open Photoshop and open NEW
      3. Open THIS FILE and immediately save it as YourLastName YourFirstName.pdf
      4. Your task is to do something creative with the supplied image. Do NOT just scribble across it Take out the background? Change the coloring? Put the figure into a situation or another image?
      5. DO NOT STRESS. Play. Experiment. There is no "right" solution to this challenge.
        Each time you find a blending mode/effect that you like, save your file with different file endings: DurkinJudy Tree1.pdf etc. That's what I do.
      6. Turn-in using the button in the upper right side of this page.
      7. RUBRIC HERE
      Week 8: October 18-21
      Photoshop Layers
      Let's learn this vital Photoshop feature.
      1. I have a handout to give you and we will watch the two videos below.
      2. Assignment: DUE THURSDAY at the end of class. Use the turn-in button at upper-right on this page.
        Using layers
        AND blending modes, create a promotional piece, using the images on the layers and adding the words, Oakers Forever.
      3. HERE is a PDF document from which you will build your final art.
        - Save the document into your computer folder in this format:
         LastNameFirstName.pdf
        - Open Photoshop and open your new file from within Photoshop.
        - At first glance you see just one tree on a transparent background.
        Upon opening the Layers Panel, you will see five layers with 3 different trees. It is up to you to introduce additional layers from which you will use to create interesting effects through BLENDING MODES (video below).
      4. Open the .pdf file and immediately save it as YourLastName YourFirstName.pdf
      5. HERE is a link to a really thorough explanation of blending modes. Often times, I just play around with the different choices until I get something I like.
      6. DO NOT STRESS. Play. Experiment. There is no "right" solution to this challenge.
        Each time you find a blending mode/effect that you like, save your file with different file endings: DurkinJudy Tree1.pdf etc. That's what I do.
      7. Turn-in using the button in the upper right side of this page.
      8. RUBRIC HERE
      9. Wrong size, wrong resolution solutions here
      Week 8: October 11-14
      Pre-Assessment Gut Reaction
      to Student Work
      Not cool...
      I heard a lot of verbal backlash to learning Photoshop. Why? It's OK to be nervous. It's OK to be scared of failure. But it's not OK to avoid the most powerful image software in the world. Get on board NOW. You will regret it if you don't try.
      "Borrowing" images from computer row mates instead of taking the time to do something original gives one message: L-A-Z-Y.
      Playtime instead of worktime. - never acceptable in any work environment.
      Here is what I have to say: Grab ANY chance to learn skills that might result in future jobs. Always take EVERY opportunity to learn something new - no matter where you find it. New skills build your confidence and make life fulfilling.
      Week 7: October 11-14
      At some point, we are going to do digital self-portraits (again?). Take a look at these examples from some of the best designers in the world.
      Pre-Assessment
      In Photoshop, do something creative with THIS IMAGE. Regardless of which platform you choose to create your image, the final image that you submit MUST include the following:
      • File Size: 1000px x 1000px
      • minimum FIVE Layers
      • Image MUST be saved as a .psd file
      • Save as: FirstNameLastName.psd
      • Rubric HERE
        My all-time favorite Halloween Ad
        Week 6: October 4-7
        Make me a poster using the program of your choice.
        Due Thursday. Size= 11x17 inches
        Words that must be included:
        In Art, mistakes are expected and Respected.
          Week 5: September 27- 30
          See the photo at right? Do something with it - anything - using Photoshop. USE LAYERS.

          You can use Photoshop - any of the Adobe programs, or a painting program if you wish. Loosen-up! Add things to the photo. Use your imagination. HERE are some great ideas to try!
          Next, do a self portrait -digitally. See the example, below:
            Week 4: September 20-23
            Copyright Law
            Wednesday, September 22:
            Create a new document in Photoshop. Add these two photos and do something with ithem.
            Week 2: September 7-9
            • Let's get creative. Adobe Spark is a free program. It's easy to learn, and you get some nice, professional results. EVERYONE in the world right now is deeply worried about the future. I propose that we make some inspirational 11x17posters (that's as big as our printer goes).I will do a quick demonstration, hand-out written instructions, and be here to help you succeed. NO STRESS.
            • I will do a demonstration in Spark AND hand-out instructions. We will discuss in class how we can work with just 6 computers. Perhaps teams of 3? We'll discuss as a team.
            • KHAN ACADEMY - Continue with these excellent, SHORT lessons on the power of a positive attitude. I have taken this course myself.
              Class Code: JDW7KTR2
              Week 1: August 30- September 3
              Welcome to an industry that moves fast and can be merciless if you don't know your stuff. It's not all about the software- it's about what you produce with software.
              C-R-E-A-T-I-V-I-T-Y is ALL.

              MONDAY,AUG 30
              • Syllabus for Digital Design
              • FORM YOU NEED TO FILL OUT- WORTH 100 PTS. (Click on the red link below)
                Week 1: Who are You?
              • I need to know about your computer experience HERE
              • CLASS MEETING - Let's get acquainted and make some class rules that work for all of us.
              • What Creative Type are you? Take the test HERE and find out!
                Read about the other creative types HERE.
              • KHAN ACADEMY - Excellent SHORT lessons on the power of a positive attitude. I have taken this course myself.
                Class Code: JDW7KTR2
                Daily Photoshop Challenges
                from David Blatner
                co-founder and CEO, CreativePro Network
                Complete article HERE
                As a designer, you must keep diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind when working on projects.