This week's photography challenge is product photography. For those of you who dislike taking photos of people, this is a career possibility that you may not have considered before. The site or movie below may help you with the technicalities of the product shoot. Be creative with this product shoot. You can set up your shoot in quite a few ways. Feel free to bring in an item for this if you feel like this will help your end product.
Seven Product Photography Tips-good basic setup tips
The design challenge this week requires you to create a sales ad for the item you used in your product shoot. The ad should feature at least one of the photos from your product shoot. Size dimensions for the design challenge is 7 x 10 inches. Post a jpg image of your finished ad on your portfolio page.
A Twitter friend suggested that I read this blog post and I really thought it was filled with wisdom. Paul Graham offers words of advice to people your age in his post titled, "What you'll wish you'd known."
This time of year it's easy to fall into the daily doldrums of the school year - it's easy to let up the intensity you had back in October. Read this, it may help you get back some of that fire.
Let me know what you think about this by commenting below - is Mr. Graham right?
This week we will be working on two major projects. The first is a design for the GAERF Student Design Competition. The details for the competition are posted in an earlier post to this page. Be sure to read the rules for this competition. The competition requires you to create two different types of promotional ads. You get to choose which media you want to design with.
How to start this project?
First, visit www.graphicCOMMcentral.org to review each of the websites’ eight main sections:
Second, choose ONE section and create marketing materials that feature the section’s best elements.
Third, design TWO marketing pieces from among these three choices:
The second project will require you to use photography skills, green screen technology and iMovie to combine two movies together. Both projects will be due by Friday, March 25th by the end of the day.
Thanks to all of you who were so inspired by the capabilities of SketchUp - the work you did far exceeded my expectations. Most of you really applied yourselves and seemed excited about what you were creating - nice work!
You will need to download these tools for today's class. They are reviews of some basic skills you will be using in SketchUp. Go through the scenes - but don't save your work so that you can go through them again in the future if you wish to.
Some of you may be interested in this design competition. There are cash prizes and a trip to Graph Expo next fall being offered. Below is an overview of the competition:
The GAERF 2011 Student Design Competition invites students to be creative by taking their original design from concept to finished product as they review the contents of the eight main sections of graphicCOMMcentral.org: DISCOVER, DECIDE, LEARN, EMPLOY, INVESTIGATE, MEET, INFORM, and PRINT GREEN, choose one section to promote, and design two marketing pieces to drive traffic to that section of the website.
The competition is open to all students attending secondary or post-secondary institutions in the continental United States who are studying in a graphic communications/printing, advertising, graphic design or interactive media program. Entries are due by June 15, 2011, and those submissions selected by GAERF will be judged by industry professionals who maintain the graphicCOMMcentral.org website
First place winners and their instructors will receive two-day all expenses paid trips to attend GRAPH EXPO in Chicago, IL. In addition, the students will receive $2,000 awards presented during GRAPH EXPO 2011’s Career Awareness Day, September 14, 2011. Second place winners will be awarded $1,500, and the third place winners will receive $1,000.
The link to the GraphComm website and the competition is here.
Good work by all last week on the 3d packages. It appeared that everyone learned something new about Illustrator last week. This week we'll be having a couple of new skills we'll be working on. Depending on what year you are, the main focus may be different for each of you. Here are our main focus goals for the week:
Seniors: Friday we'll hopefully be able to reschedule the NOCTI hands-on part of the test. Use the extra few days to review InDesign skills and creating thumbnails and progressive comps. You should all be working on your senior projects by this point. It is a good idea to see how you will be evaluated before you begin planning your presentations. It's smart to get photographic evidence of you building your product - all of the steps should have some sort of visual evidence - doing this will make your presentation easier to do. This is the evaluation sheet that will be used to judge your senior project and ePortfolios.
Juniors: You need to complete your Job Shadow Project by the end of April. It's important to understand the expectations for this project. Below are the documents that explain how to approach your job shadow experience.
Guidelines for your Job Shadow - read this first to understand the process.
Approval Form - pay close attention to the date requirements
Mentor Interview Questions - these questions will help you conduct your mentor interview.
Reflection Form - After you've completed your Job Shadow, answer these questions that will help others understand what you've learned from the experience.
9th & 10th Grade Students: I want to see 9th and 10th grade students add yearbook designs, package designs and job research papers up to their ePortfolios. We'll be doing portfolio reviews on Thursday morning.
We'll also be working in Google SketchUp to create an art museum tour of your work. You can download the tutorial for this work here.
Thanks to all of you who contributed designs to our yearbook. The overall look is strong and the amount of reworking has been minimal. Your work will be viewed for years to come and that is always rewarding when you think of it. Be proud of your work.
This week we're going to be working on some design principle fundamentals: balance, contrast, repetition, proportion, alignment, sequence, proximity, emphasis and unity. This presentation will help you understand what these terms mean.
This week's Design Challenge: We're going to be designing a three dimensional package that demonstrates three design principles. You will need to design three separate packages that effectively utilize one of the principles of design. These designs need to be posted to your portfolio site by Friday afternoon. No designs will be accepted late. Link for package template page is here.
This week's Photo Challenge: Incorporate one photo into your package design - this photo can be a greenscreen shot with a substituted background to fit into your design concept.
Mr. Tucker is in his 22nd year as the instructor for the Graphic Arts program. Prior to his teaching career he worked in the flexography industry for ten years and in quick printing for ten years.
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