Posted on April 15th, 2019

Your final is a cover design where you are going to use some of the stylistic qualities that you see in Art Deco design.

Questions you should be asking:
1) Cover of what?
2) What are the stylistic qualities in Art Deco?

Keep on reading for the answers to these questions!

Seniors you are going to design the cover of your graduation  program cover. The "program" is the little booklet that is handed out to all who attend the event. Graduation is officialy called the Commencement Ceremony.

If you are not a senior you are going to design the cover for next years Student Planner.

I am making this your final because I want you to put out your best effort even though you might have a raging case of Senioritis or end of the year laziness or apathy.

So what is ART DECO you ask? Well I’m glad you asked. Art Deco was a popular international art design movement from 1925 until the 1940s, affecting the decorative arts such as architecture, interior design and industrial design, as well as the visual arts such as fashion, painting, the graphic arts and film.

It features strong shapes and bold colors. It uses designs from ancient and/or non-Western cultures such as ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Japanese, Chinese, Mayan and Aztec. This style often uses geometric forms and includes stylized images. Rays and steps are common features. It also used natural motifs of organic shapes such as shells, trees and flowers with bold colors and striking blacks. There is a distinctive look to Art Deco style fonts and they are often used in posters in experimental ways.

How can you use these features in your design? Well step one is to know and recognize the style. Next you are going to create a design inspiration collage of Art Deco art, design, posters, architecture, jewelry, ironwork etc.

Learn more about Art Deco HERE

Step 1: Create a photoshop file that is 18"x 18" and 150ppi. Go onto the internet and look for a variety of Art Deco design examples that give you ideas for your design. You might make a geometric border inspired by a piece of Deco ironwork. Or a stylized drawing of a graduate inspired by drawing of a chef on an Art Deco poster. You might use bold "Deco" colors, or clean Modern deco lines. Choose at least 20 Art Deco examples to work from such as posters that have both writing and images, architectural details (stair rails, balcony railings, other decorative features such as reliefs and murals), furniture, appliances, paintings, and sculpture. As you see things that catch your eye, drag them into your photoshop document.

Step 2: Draw three thumbnail sketches of ideas for the event that you are designing for.

Step 3: Create your Cover design in Adobe Illustrator. Size 8"x10" for the Commencement cover and 5.25" x 8.25" for the Student planner.

Class of 2019
Commencement Ceremony
Los Osos High School
optional- May 23th, 2019 6:30pm

Student Planner
Los Osos High School

Posted on April 8th, 2019

Use InDesign to create a magazine spread with facing pages.

1.The spread should have at least 8 pages with facing pages
2.The spread should include a minimum of 3 articles with headings and segment pull outs of highlighted text.
3 Use a minimum of 10 photographs with captions Use at least 2 clipping paths on your photographs.
4. Use at least 5 graphic elements such as boxes, lines, boarders ect.
5. Use the 5 example ideas from the magazine pages that you were given.

Grading criteria:
1. All requirements are met.
2. Layout is unified and consistent and makes good use of C.R.A.P. principles.
3. Spacing is adjusted so that there are no awkward gaps, hard to read areas, type that is too close to photos.
4.Content and layout order is well thought out and supporting materials are appropriate. For example, photos match text content.
5.Your design is creative and uses the 5 examples that you were given from magazine pages.

Posted on April 3rd, 2019

Your task is to redo a video game companies logo. It should be different than their current logo. Select a company from this list and create two logos.
You will be following the standard logo design process that begins with a series of small thumbnail sketches to explore a variety of solutions to the design problem. Then you will choose your best 2 and you will create vector drawings of them. You will create more than one logo so that your client (the game developer) will have different options.

Step One: Choose your company and create a minimum of 6 small thumbnail sketches of UNIQUE ideas for the logo. DO NOT STEAL ANOTHER ARTISTS DESIGN OR USE CLIP ART. Make at least ONE of your drawings an OPEN design.

Each idea must include BOTH a symbol and the company name in entirety. This is very important to avoid a logo where the type looks like an afterthought. Do not stop drawing until you have at least 2 good ones. You must complete at least 6, but sometimes it takes more.
5 pts.

Step Two: Choose your 2 best ideas and redraw them if necessary on paper to clean them up. Give them to the TA to scan.

Step Three: Place and link your scanned drawing in Illustrator and create vector drawings of them. Avoid using pre-done effects.

Step Four: Turn them in on one 8" x 10" file

Posted on April 1st, 2019

Posted on March 12th, 2019

Use your new found skills with the pen tool to create a new drawing of your choice. It can be another cartoon (like the exercise we did with Mario) or it can 
be something else- such as your own original image or a drawing based on a photograph. Challenge yourself! The more you draw the better you'll get at it.

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