Intermediate Computing for Design // Reinterpret a Cliché

The third project for Intermediate Computing for Design class was called Reinterpret a Cliché. Imagery seen too frequently is often not seen at all. This is the case with overused design symbols and everyday objects. Overuse renders them ineffective, and they lose their power to communicate. It is the function of the designer to revitalize these clichéd symbols and objects by interpreting them in individual and personal ways.

Students picked 6 of the following 12 examples of typically clichéd objects to be reinterpreted:

  1. Heart
  2. Key
  3. Apple
  4. Sun
  5. Stars
  6. Mouth
  7. Light Bulb
  8. Tree
  9. Cloud
  10. Eye
  11. Rose
  12. Nuts & Bolts

Then they chose a theme all 6 illustrations would have in common. Not only were they to work stylistically, but conceptually, as well. The final product had to be black & white. They scanned their sketchbook designs into Photoshop or Illustrator to continue rendering them to completion, either using the Pen Tool or Live Trace option.

Below are some designs that were turned in. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results!

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

bethany-smith

by Bethany Smith; insects

cara-moore

by Cara Moore; flowers

carly-bond

by Carly Bond; fairy-tales

connor-booth

by Connor Booth; under the sea

gerald-wicks

by Gerald Wicks; Harry Potter

imani-smith

by Imani Smith; dancers

ques-nevels

by Ques Nevels; fighters

sarah-ferguson

by Sarah Ferguson; fruits & veggies

stephen-latham

by Stephen Latham; bit-syle Mario characters

taylor-knight

by Taylor Knight; stereotypes

lauraleigh-hicks

by Laura Leigh Hicks; facial hair

Design I // Shape

For Design I’s second project, we focused on geometric and organic shapes. Students constructed 3 compositions: 1 for all geometric, 1 for all organic, and 1 for a combination of geometric and organic. The medium used to depict these shapes was black construction paper and white Bristol cardstock. Good craftsmanship was emphasized. They also had to implement the elements and principles of design in their work.

Below are some of the composition sets that were submitted. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results!

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

section4_abby-jenkins_shape_combo

Combo by Abby Jenkins

section4_breanna-rochelle_shape_combo

Combo by Breanna Rochelle

section4_breanna-rochelle_shape_geo

Geometric by Breanna Rochelle

section4_breanna-rochelle_shape_org

Organic by Breanna Rochelle

section4_dylan-turner_shape_geo

Geometric by Dylan Turner

section4_forrest-russell_shape_geo

Geometric by Forrest Russell

section4_kaleb-baker_shape_combo

Combo by Kaleb Baker

section4_kimberly-kazmark_shape_org

Organic by Kimberly Kazmark

section4_landen-rucker_shape_combo

Combo by Landen Rucker

section4_lexi-bennett_shape_combo

Combo by Lexi Bennett

section4_lexi-bennett_shape_geo

Geometric by Lexi Bennett

section5_forrest-beasley_shape_geo

Geometric by Forrest Beasley

section5_jillian-lovato_shape_geo

Geometric by Jillian Lovato

section5_jillian-lovato_shape_org

Organic by Jillian Lovato

section5_laken-beasley_shape_combo

Combo by Laken Beasley

section5_laken-beasley_shape_org

Organic by Laken Beasley

section5_samantha-marshall_shape_combo

Combo by Samantha Marshall

section5_samantha-marshall_shape_geo

Geometric by Samantha Marshall

section5_taylor-fikes_shape_combo

Combo by Taylor Fikes

section5_taylor-fikes_shape_geo

Geometric by Taylor Fikes

section5_wes-edgeworth_shape_geo

Geometric by Wes Edgeworth

Intro to Computing // Creature Cartoon

In Intro to Computing, students learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. This Spring semester, I teach one section of the class. During the Fall it is primarily students who are trying out for the graphic design program in November, but during the Spring it is mostly fine art students who are taking the class as an elective.

This is the second semester I have implemented this project as an introduction to Adobe Illustrator. For Creature Cartoon, each student pulled words out of separate bags– one for a physical trait, one for an action, and one for an emotion. The end goal is to illustrate a unique creature that accompanies all these traits successfully in Illustrator.

After receiving their words, students brainstormed and submitted a series of thumbnails of their ideas, which were then narrowed down to their top three when I visited them in class one-on-one. Those three were turned into well-drawn comps that were drawn with Sharpies and Micron pens, and critiqued by their entire class. The best drawing was scanned into Illustrator, and vector shapes were placed on top. The focus of this Illustrator project was learning the Pen Tool and conducting organized layer management.

For even MORE fun, my students will turn their illustrations into animated GIFs when we start the Photoshop segment. Stay tuned to see those later this semester!

Below are some illustrations that were turned in. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results!

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

Carson-Brantley_Creature_AnixousFlyAntlers

by Carson Brantley: anxious, fly, antlers

Elizabeth-Gammill_Creature_crawlgigglylongtail

by Elizabeth Gammill: crawl, giggly, long tail

Monster Illustration

by Grayson Brown: mellow, shell, exercise

Basic RGB

by Jacquelyn Mullins: bored, whiskers, jumping

Print

by Shannon Shepherd: big feet, running, sad

Whitney_White_Creature_AfraidManeCurledAsleep

by Whitney White: afraid, mane, asleep

Design I // Line Explosion

This semester I teach 2 sections of Design I. A new experience for me is teaching an overwhelming number of Landscape Architecture majors, along with Fine Art, Photo, Interior Design, and Floral Management. Also in semesters past I have taught more girls than boys, but this semester’s numbers even out more.

For their first project, we focused on line and the psychological meanings of straight and curvy line work. Students chose 1-3 adjectives to illustrate using line, creating a “line explosion.” The medium used to depict these lines included Sharpies and Micron pens of different thicknesses, and good craftsmanship was emphasized. They were to also implement the elements and principles of design in their work.

Elements: line, shape, mass/form/volume, space, value, color, texture, time/motion.
Principles: balance, rhythm, repetition, unity, variety, size/scale/proportion, emphasis/focal point.

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

section4_abby-jenkins_line_boldloud

by Abby Jenkins: bold, loud

section4_breanna-rochelle_line_wrinkledawkwardgooey

by Breanna Rochelle: wrinkled, awkward, gooey

section4_dylan-turner_line_sharptight

by Dylan Turner: sharp, tight

section4_kaleb-baker_line_gooeywildprickly

by Kaleb Baker: gooey, wild, prickly

section4_lexi-bennett_line_whimsicalconfusingflat

by Lexi Bennett: whimsical, confusing, flat

section4_paige-davis_line_steadysuspiciouswrinkled

by Paige Davis: steady, suspicious, wrinkled

section5_taylor-fikes_line_sharpboldtight

by Taylor Fikes: sharp, bold, tight

section5_willie-griffin_line_sharpawkwardsuspicious

by Willie Griffin: sharp, awkward, suspicious

Intermediate Computing for Design // Oh What a Character

It is a brand new semester!

Intermediate Computing for Design is for students who submitted their portfolios for the graphic design review in November and were accepted into the program.  All of these students took my Intro to Computing class in the previous semesters. The last time I taught Intermediate was 2 years ago and I really enjoyed it, so I am excited to have the opportunity again.

Their first Intermediate project was called “Oh What a Character!” They found an image online of a celebrity, changed it to black and white, placed it in Illustrator, and worked on top of it like a template to create their own caricature of the person.  The requirement of the illustration?  It had to be completed using a maximum of 7 letters and 2 symbols in black only from one typeface on their computer.  Yes, a typeface!  They could rotate and resize typeface items as needed.

Below are some designs that were turned in. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results!

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

Ques-Nevels_Jackie-Chan

Jackie Chan by Ques Nevels

Print

Princess Diana by Cara Moore

Carly-Bond_Miley-Cyrus

Miley Cyrus by Carly Bond

Conner-Booth_BetteMidler

Bette Midler (Hocus Pocus) by Connor Booth

chanceredo

Chance the Rapper by Darby Taylor

Gerald-Wicks_TheWeeknd

The Weekend by Gerald Wicks

Connor

Connor McGregor by Trent Furr

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