This week a number of important milestones will be reached. Seniors will be presenting their Senior Projects on Wednesday and Thursday. They all have created terrific products - now they need to tell their story of how they went about creating them. Do a good job Seniors.
We have created a great yearbook and it's time to start marketing the book to our customers. Yearbook order forms will be distributed to all CTE programs this week.
In class we'll be working on color science and psychology. We'll be creating posters in InDesign that focus on a single color and its psychology - but components of the poster will be built using Photoshop and Illustrator. We'll be using these links to research the meanings behind how designers use color and how the meaning can change depending on cultural differences.
Design is a problem to be solved will be the theme of this year. I've been collaborating with other teachers of this subject over the summer and this collaboration has resulted in a few new ideas about how to assess your work/efforts in this class. This process could be used for just about any class.
The steps shown below will be our approach for all major projects and we'll be going over strategies for each step of the design process the first few weeks of class. The key component is I really want to see you grow your skills as independent problem-solvers/designers.
The ability to reflect on our work is an important skill and one that I may have neglected in the past. One thing returning students will notice is that you will probably be writing a little more in this class than we have previously. We'll be using forums on this site for much of this writing and the bulk of this will be answering basic questions like
I purchased a new cell phone over the Thanksgiving weekend. It’s an android smart phone and I’m amazed at all of the great communication tools available on this digital device. The phone can access our class website, my email accounts and read and post to my Twitter and Facebook accounts from anywhere. The phone also has Google Maps and Google Earth access – allowing me to get voice directions if I get lost in my car as well as tell me how far away from a green I am on any golf course.
There are a number of apps to access information and news quickly – the QR scanner will launch a website, video, restaurant menu or beam my contact information quickly. I can take 5-meg resolution photographs and high-def videos using the built-in camera. These devices are so much more than just digital phones and the capacity to use these as learning and communication tools is in its infancy stages.
The need to learn new skills to design for these devices is going to be a growing part of the digital art world. The use of QR codes is going to be a boom as this technology becomes more widespread. It is my prediction that 2011 will be the year of the QR code in advertising and design world. We’ll be working on some small format digital designs for smart devices in the coming months as well as creating our CAT Pickering QR Code tour of our wing of the building. I’m really excited by these new design challenges and you should be learning as much as you can about this technology.
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.
PHYS. ED. DAY
AM - Thursdays - 1
PM - Thursdays - 7
PM - Mondays - 7