A local educational organization has asked us to participate in a logo design competition. Today I'd like to see all of you create a logo for PETT. They are offering a $100 prize for the winning logo. All artwork must be original content created by the student so please avoid web graphics or clip art. I would love to see one of my students' designs used for this important organization. Work hard on this! The design specs are below. You will need to create this in Adobe Illustrator.
DVD Package Project
This week we are going to be creating a 3-D package and disc design for our annual backup our files campaign. It's important to create physical backup discs as insurance in the event we lose the files on our hard drives. Every pro knows it's not a matter of if we're going to be faced with hunting down files, it's a matter of when.
We're going to be working in Photoshop and Illustrator to create these designs. Below are two template files we can use as a start:
Outer Package Design Template
Disc Design Template
For this project you will be evaluated on creating a branding piece for you as a designer. You will need to have the following components:
Watch the Chuck Close Letter to my 14 Year Old Self video and post thoughts to your journal
Download theinstruction sheet for the grid drawing project.
You can work in any media you wish and choose your own subject matter. All drawings need to be sized to 8" x 12" in order to create a consistent grid. In Photoshop we'll be sizing the image to 4" x 6" (50% of the finished drawing). We'll be using a grid with 2 subdivisions. To edit the grid choose Preferences>Grids, Guides.
Watch the Larry Lessig video that focuses on how new technologies are changing the nature of copyright. Complete the Think questions on the TED-Ed page. Save your answers.
9th - 11th Grade Students
Continue to work on your photography presentations. If you have completed your presentation work, complete the Photoshop Tutorial found at this site. The source files for this project can be downloaded by clicking here. If you would like to use an alternate file for the parrot, please be sure to use similar color tones.
12 Grade Students
Continue to work on your senior project presentations. Post your Powerpoint presentation to your journal using the document post function in Weebly. You can also email me your finished presentation at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to review the presentations for spelling and content.
I will call in early in the class to speak with anyone with questions or you can tweet me short questions if you prefer.
Seniors - finish work on all products. These should be done by Friday, April 19th. We'll spend the next week reviewing portfolios, cleaning up presentations and doing practice presentations on Friday, April 26th. Some will be practice presenting in the morning class. I'll let you know who you are by April 19th.
9th, 10th, 11th Grade Students - My Favorite Photographer- The photo theme project is going to be a little bit different. You can work with a partner on this project. Here are the steps for completing this project:
Monday: Comparing and Contrasting Two Artists Handout
Congratulations on putting together a really fine looking chronicle of this school year. Design-wise, this book is well thought out and communicated. I've had discussions with both the AM and PM classes and based on those discussions, below are some suggestions for next year's work on the book:
Seniors will be presenting their finished projects on April 30th and May 1st. We'll be finishing up project work in the next week. You should also be working on how you're going to present your portfolio and product over the next two weeks. Make sure that you have fixed your portfolios so that all filler text is either completed or deleted. You can see the judging criteria by downloading this document. Be certain that you hit every judging criteria. You're going to need to practice your presentation and have a clear map for the order of how you'll present your project. It should include a demonstration of a skill. It doesn't have to be complicated - keep it simple so that you could do it blindfolded.
All seniors will be expected to do practice presentations on April 25th and 26th. I'll be sitting down for one-on-one meetings to review your ePortfolios from April 23rd & 24th. Make sure that you're ready to show both your ePortfolio and your class portfolio at that time. Check for any spelling errors that will make you look unprofessional. In our field, spelling counts!
Crunch Week - This is our final week to finish this year's yearbook. A number of photo sessions are scheduled. We have tracked those areas that we need to work on this week and they are listed on the class' white board. Try to keep this board up-to-date with anything that you feel could use improvement. We're trying to create the best book ever done at PIckering and we need everyone thinking and analyzing how we can improve over past issues.
Theory This Week - One area that we are going to be stressing this week is the concept of creating page layouts that will print and transfer well. This means using Preflight Profiles in InDesign. Download this preflight document and we'll be discussing how this profile can help us avoid pitfalls in getting our book to the publisher and saving time and money by avoiding mistakes.
Our Workflow - for creating pages must be consistent and mirrors what is done in industry. Here are the basic steps:
We have a busy couple of weeks coming up. We have started putting together designs for this year's yearbook in order to make this important deadline. A number of photo shoots need to occur this week. This Tuesday afternoon our seniors will be taking the hands-on part of the NOCTI exams. We all will be doing some practice exercises to make sure we're comfortable with tasks that may appear in the exam. These tasks include:
Please let me know if you have any issues getting to the following yearbook tools:
We'll be using this reference to complete the creation of our yearbook. Please download this first thing on Monday. It will help you understand how designing for print production differs from how we would design for digital web or electronic documents.
I'm beginning the week at a conference in Hershey. I presented a session on QR Codes this morning and on Monday I'll be presenting with Ms. Kleinfelter and Mrs. Moylan. As a result, I will not be in class on Monday. I'm going to let you choose your project today - but I expect all of you to post a finished work by the end of class.
Here are your choices for today:
Create Your Own Font: One of the presenters I worked with this morning (Christine DiPaulo) shared this terrific website that allows you to create your own font. The site is called Fonstruct. What I'd like you to do before the end of class is this:
Create two mousepad designs:
If you won a mousepad kit in the past week or two, create the design for your mousepad. The design can be created in either Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. The finished dimension is 9.25 in. x 7.75 in. If you're working in Photoshop, you'll need a resolution between 200 and 300 pixels per inch. Post a screen capture of your finished design. Make sure you save the finished file to your hard drive. If you didn’t win a mousepad, I’ll give a kit to any student that also submits a yearbook cover design today.
Create a band, then create a band logo
This is a project we did several years ago and I'd like to see what you can do with this design challenge. Google "name my band" and try out a few of the suggested name creators. Decide on a name and then using Adobe Illustrator, create a two or three color logo for your new band. You'll need to create thumbnails for generating ideas and then expand one thumbnail for a full design in Illustrator.
If you didn't make a journal entry on Friday - I'll let you make it up on Monday - but it has to show the projects we worked on last week. Don't waste time!
A few of you struggled with yesterday's tutorial. To add a little more help I've recorded two videos which will help you complete both parts. Do the Illustrator section first and follow the video instructions included:
Part 1: Illustrator Part
Part 2: Photoshop Part
Today is Photoshop's 23rd birthday. If you finish the abstract color project or you still have trouble getting it to work - try this classic Andy Warhol project using an image of someone you like. This works best on a portrait with a simple background. The larger the image the better.