Posted on August 8th, 2019

You are going to make a Keynote slideshow so that we can get to know a little about you. Start by collecting the pictures that you want to include.

I will demonstrate how to use Keynote in class.

​Slide Show Requirements: 

1) 20 slides + a final slide with a question from the information that you shared.
2) Communicate with words and pictures on each slide. Go for impact! Use large pictures and words. Use personal photos!
3) Transitions and timing set on your slideshow
4) An mp3 of a song to add to your presentation
Convert a Youtube video to MP3 here.

Slide 1 Your  photo, name and grade
Slides 2-20 Your choice from the following categories:
Slide 21- Your question.

​Possible topics: family, heritage, friends, pets, hobbies, talents, travel, interests, unique traits, experiences, hopes, fears, dreams, plans, career choice, college choice, idols, inspirational people, something you want or want to do, favorites- food, music, movies, books, TV, sports, art, video games, places, cars, club membership


1) Develop a look and use it throughout the presentation. 

2) Keep your fonts consistent and avoid overly decorative, hard to read fonts.  Bolder fonts are easier to read in a slide presentation.

3) Align type and pictures for a cleaner more organized look. 

4) Avoid using too many pictures or type per slide.

5) Make your pictures and type as large as possible.

6) Neutral backgrounds allow your pictures to be the star of the show.

7) Use words to support and explain what we are seeing. Communicate with us!

8) Include a song and time your animations to the music as much as possible.

Posted on May 15th, 2019

Digital Portfolio

1) One title slides that includes your name and "Graphic Design Portfolio" then make title slides for each of your designs. 21 slides in all.
2) 10 of your best graphic designs
3) transitions
4) music- this one makes them much more fun to watch. convert Youtube to Mp3 HERE.

Convert all of your illustrator files to raster by dragging them into the Photoshop icon and save them as photoshop files resolution 72 ppi, or open them in illustrator and take screenshots of them. (commandl/shift/ 4)

3) Open Keynote and create a slide show by:

a. Creating slides (new) and dragging your designs onto the slides
b. Adding transitions
c. Setting your timing for your slides- (slide transition- start transition/ automatically/ 4 seconds except for animations)
d. Add music! Make sure that your song is appropriate for school. No bad language or inappropriate content. ( document then choose audio and drag in the mp3 file)

Posted on May 7th, 2019

Your objective is to create a design for a client. You will have the experience of working to create something that is usable in the real world and that lives up to the expectations of the client. Clients can be found in the circle of people that you know fairly easily. Past students have done work for parents, teachers, friends, clubs, teams, friends, charities and youth groups. 

Here are some potential projects: Business cards, logos, newsletters, signs, invitations, brochures, CD covers, book covers, Tee shirt designs.

Working with clients is both rewarding and challenging. Some clients know exactly what they want and others will need your creative help to figure it out. Plan on showing your client at least 3 different designs that explore a variety of concepts, colors, fonts and layouts.

You will need to meet with your client at least three times. 
1st- Gather information from them. You need to know all of the required specifications such as:
- Copy (text that must be included)
- the clients ideas, likes and dislikes- colors, fonts, design  (It can be helpful to show them samples to learn their preferences)
- Size specifications 
- Deadline- when they need the work

2nd- show them 3 different versions, and make changes as needed
3rd and final- Show them the final version for approval.

Check out the web site 99Designs to get a client.

Posted on May 7th, 2019

In this project you are going to research a notable design movement and you are going to create an informative poster in the style of the design movement. First pick your movement from the following choices. See a timeline with more examples here.

Arts and Crafts
Constructivism (Early Modern)
The International Typographic Style
Modernism (Mid Century Modernism)
Swiss Design
Post Modern Design

*These are listed pretty much in the order that they occurred in history. I have left off Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism, Art Nouveau,  Art Deco, and the Psychedelic movement since we have already covered those in in class.

1. Once you have chosen your movement come up and sign up for that movement. I want you each to choose a different movement so that we can all learn about them by looking at your poster. I would also like to display them on the walls. 

2. Make an inspiration board showing 20 examples of designs from the period.

3. Next, make a well designed informative poster about your chosen  movement in the style of the movement . Start with a sketch. Size 13"x19" Your poster most communicate the name of the movement, time period, and major stylistic qualities.

Posted on May 7th, 2019

British biologist and naturalist Charles Darwin made the following observation about tattoos – “There is no nation on earth that does not know this phenomenon.” Tattoos have been with humankind to the far reaches of history and the far corners of the earth.

History of tattoos around the world:

Tattooed mummies, preserved for thousands of years, have been found in Egypt, Libya, South America, China, and Russia. Even the Neolithic “Iceman,” the 5000-year-old cadaver found frozen in the Italian Alps in 1991, had tattoos! Thought to have been originally used as camouflage for hunting, tattoos have become a cultural norm for tribes in Polynesia, Borneo, the Pacific Islands, and Somoa. Most famous of these are the moko markings (engraved facial tattoos) of the Maoris in New Zealand.  China, Russia, India, and Japan also have rich histories of tattooing.

The word “tattoo” itself first showed up in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary in 1777. Though the origin is somewhat unclear, most historians trace it back to Captain James Cook, who returned to Europe from a South Pacific expedition in 1769. He described the markings of certain Tahitian tribes. They called the markings “tatau” meaning “to mark” (though Cook originally spelled it “tattaw”). That’s most likely where our current word comes from, though the practice existed for thousands of years – and has no doubt been called by dozens of names in dozens of countries – throughout history.

During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, tattoos were favored by royalty and the elite. Tattoos could be found on the likes of Queen Victoria’s grandsons (Prince George and Prince Albert), on Winston Churchill (AND his mother!), on President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and on the members of the wealthy Vanderbilt family.

Around the mid-1900’s, tattoos fell out of favor among the elite, but the practice was kept alive in the west by sailors, who used tattoos to mark significant accomplishments in their voyages (e.g. after traveling 5000 nautical miles, a sailor could get a bluebird or sparrow tattoo).
Using Adobe Illustrator design a personal tattoo that has symbolic connection to some aspect of your life. It can spring from the traditions, beliefs, and characteristics of your family. It can also represent important events, interests or people in your life. It should not be a copy of an existing tattoo or of anyones artwork but your own. Avoid clipart.

Size can vary.

Step One: Brainstorm ideas by doing some sketches. Think about what sort of aspects of your life you would like to represent. Next think about images that can symbolize them. Hint: Avoid overly used symbols or if you use them think of ways to give them a fresh look. When you have an idea that you like, work to refine it on paper so that you have a good image to scan.

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