- 103 - Demonstrate research, employability, and organizational skills.
- 302 - Design basic geometric and organic forms showing texture and tone.
- 306 - Produce color illustrations using various media.
- 307 - Create value with the use of layering.
- 505 - Demonstrate basic use of a vector-based drawing program.
- 507 - Demonstrate basic use of image editing software.
- 510 - Demonstrate appropriate use of different file formats.
- 511 - Organize and manage digital files.
- 604 - Produce thumbnails, roughs and comprehensive.
This Week's Project: Designing Playing Cards
This design project is asking you to create a set of face cards (Ten, Jack, Queen, King, Ace, and Joker) in each face using a theme of your choosing. These cards could be created using either Illustrator and Photoshop (or both.) If you choose to work in Photoshop be certain to use a resolution of at least 300 ppi. One other thing - SAVE OFTEN!
Due Date: October 27, 2017 slideshow posted to your journal portfolio page.
Steps for this project using the design process shown below
- Understand the problem - playing cards have a history and a distinct purpose. Is there a standard size that this design should be? What is the most important design aspect when creating a playing card design?
- Research and Investigate - Do research on existing designs using a Google Image Search. Answer the problem questions above using web research.
- Generate ideas - Try to come up with a theme that shows the hierarchy of playing cards. Aces tend to be the highest level card followed by Kings, Queens, Jacks, etc. What visuals can you use to demonstrate that hierarchy?
Are you going to work realistically or abstractly? Are you going to use an existing media piece to show hierarchy? For example, you might want to look at existing movies, TV shows, animations, book characters for your theme. Discuss your theme possibilities with a classmate and get feedback from them.
Create rough pencil sketches of how those potential themes might look in a playing card. Save your sketches - you will be able to use them again later. Your pencil sketches are your design plan - yes, they are important!
- Pick an idea/plan a solution - Look over your sketches and try to pick a theme that will be clear to your intended audience. Doing this will make the design work easier to accomplish.
- Create a prototype - You might need to learn some new skills in Illustrator to develop the basic shapes (hearts, diamonds, spades, clubs) you will need for your cards. Use this tutorial link to help you create strong vector graphics you can use on all of the cards. Viewing the YouTube videos below may help you develop a process for working in Photoshop and/or Illustrator.
- Test/Evaluate the prototype - Look for errors - fix them! Once you have all five card designs complete, post your images as a jpg slideshow on your portfolio page. Use this rubric to self-evaluate how you did completing this project. Email the filled-out rubric to the instructor.