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:
- Start Earlier: Break the book into sections and teams for completion early in the school year. Every student will have photography, scheduling and design responsibilities that are clear from the beginning of the year. This will happen the second week of September next school year. We'll meet at the end of every month to discuss upcoming events that need coverage.
- Know InDesign: This was a major stumbling block. Only five out of fifteen 10th grade students felt comfortable enough working with InDesign to actually finish a page layout. We'll be working the rest of this school year in incorporating InDesign projects into our schedule. The first project we're doing after the yearbook is a mini calendar project and we'll be following the same design process we use for the yearbook. There will be other projects that incorporate InDesign into their completion as well.
- Improve your photography skills: All of us can improve our camera skills - this is a never-ending task. We also need to get better at defining what quality images are and editing out bad shots from the beginning. We spent a good portion of time weeding out unusable images. If we do this as photographers at the beginning, we won't have to spend so much time flipping through images when we switch to design mode.
- Make Deadlines: Talented designers that can't meet deadlines lose customers. We'll be working on meeting deadlines on all project work. Art as a business is a reality all of you will face if you're going into the commercial art field. Meeting deadlines is a matter of professional pride and if you can't do it, somebody else will. It's that simple.
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!