What are Assignments?

Assignments are learning activites that are used to develop and excercise course skills by teaching the student how to use the assigned software programs to apply the tools, techniques, and processes as well as design principles needed to complete projects. They are an integral part of class structure and student learning and are a required portion of this course.

Assignments can range from reserach, sketches, reading, writing, blog entries, visual journal entries, discussions requiring active participation, cooperative / collaborative activities, individual activities, multimedia, studio activities, student presentations, critiques, peer teaching and evaluation.

Assignments can be graded and ungraded and completed either in-class or outside of class as homework

There is no make-up for missed in-class participation / assignment points.

WEEK 1 & WEEK 2

Content
  • Homework

    ASSIGNMENT

    Email: What inspires you!

    DUE

    Before Next Thursday’s class

    GUIDELINES

    • Using your MVCC Student Email send an email to your instructor at bradyk@morainevalley.edu
    • This informal email should contain a brief introduction about yourself, what you love, what interests you, what are your favorite artists, what inspires you, etc
    • Subject: Yourname-What inspires me
  • Homework

    ASSIGNMENT

    Layout: Tell me about yourself

    DUE

    Next Thursday evening (you will have some class time to finish)

    SOFTWARE

    InDesign

    GUIDELINES

    • Generate a layout design answering the interview question “Tell me a little bit about yourself“.
    • Orientation: Landscape
    • Dimension: no larger than 13″ x 19″
    • Include both text and images

    SUBMISSION

    • Bring the NATIVE INDD and PDF file to class on your external drive
    • Submit in the GROUPS FOLDER (I will show you how to do this on Thursday)
    • File naming convention: F13-yourlastname-yourfirstname-sixdigitdate, example: F13-brady-011713

Homework

ASSIGNMENT

Preliminary for Project One: Interactive PDFs | Class Artist Book

DUE

Before class on Thursday September 5. We will discuss and work on this next Thursday evening 8-29

GUIDELINES

  • Choose 5 of your best works.
    • These works must relate to each other either by type of work (illustration, drawing, 3-D work) or content of work.
    • Images should be jpg, png, or gif format
    • Highest resolution / dimension possible
    • Label the images: your initials-title of work-six digit date.file extention; Example: kb-gams-01-012213.jpg
  • Compose in MS Word or txt format, in one document:
    • Work slide ID info (title, size, medium)
    • 3 – 5 sentence artist statement for each work
    • Write a story about your body of work in the third person. Check out any art magazine or blog for an example. Spelling and grammar counts, go to the Writing Center.
  • For examples on what to write about read some articles from the art magazines in class, or read some articles online like these about Marian Banthjes or Michael Bierut

WEEK 7- WEEK 8

Web Design Styles

Look over the sites provided and investigate the different styles used in Web design. Save interesting ones (website link, images, or screenshots) to a folder called Web Design Styles or try using Evernote and Evernote Web Clipper. https://evernote.com/webclipper/

Find a style you like best. Read about these styles and the find 3 to 5 examples of sites that really stand out. Save these inside another folder or use Evernote and Evernote Web Clipper. https://evernote.com/webclipper/

Notice the use of logos, colors schemes, layouts, typography, navigational elements, graphics, photography, etc.

List of some Web Design Styles

1. Illustrations and Cartoons

2. Two Tone Color

3. Photo-Realism

4. Transparency

5. Beautiful Typography

6. Textures and Patterns

7. Grunge

8. Nature

9. Abstract

10. Retro

11. Clean and Minimal

12. Vintage Modernism

http://inspectelement.com/articles/10-fantastic-and-creative-web-design-styles/

http://stylesinspiration.com/

http://styleboost.com/

http://www.onextrapixel.com/2010/08/31/a-detailed-look-into-popular-styles-in-web-design/

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/07/retro-and-vintage-in-modern-web-design/

http://99designs.com/designer-blog/2013/02/21/web-design-trends-for-2013/

http://tympanus.net/codrops/2012/08/17/creative-background-styles-and-trends-in-web-design/

 

WEEK 8 – 9

Building a Web Design Portfolio

Please review the following websites about designing a Portfolio site

http://webdesign.tutsplus.com/articles/roundups/inspiration-roundup-30-career-changing-portfolio-sites/

http://www.awwwards.com/websites/portfolio/

http://webdesign.about.com/od/portfolios/a/what_include.htm

http://speckyboy.com/2011/05/08/building-a-great-web-design-portfolio-10-best-tips-40-examples/]

http://webdesign.tutsplus.com/articles/general/elements-of-a-great-web-design-portfolio/

http://www.studentguidewebdesign.com/portfolio-basics-for-web-design-students-writing-effective-convincing-copy/

 

Next,

Develop 4 variations of website visuals using http://styletil.es/

Print these out and bring them up so we can discuss your ideas so far.

Create a sketch of layout design on plain paper and then refine that using the http://sneakpeekit.com/ sheets I provided last week.

Download the 960 grid PSD template from http://960.gs/

Open this template in Photoshop and now begin to develop your landing or home page design. Remember the process we looked at in doing this at: http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/tutorials/how-to-build-a-stylish-portfolio-web-design-concept

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