We will need to focus extra hard today, as we only have two weeks to master design and the tools to make precise layouts. We have real deadlines starting to loom in our face. Your patience is appreciated.
Today, we are going to look at the Creative Elements of Consumer Design, and how they effect product labeling. I will be leading a guided exploration of this Prezi: Elements of Design
Download and print this rubric/checklist.
Download and print this CD Cover planner.
Have your CD case, pencil and ruler available and ready to go.
The CD Cover will be assigned today, and I am expecting that you will not need much more than a few days to complete them. I would like them handed in before the end of Friday's class.
As we climb the large mountain of InDesign competence, you may find yourself hanging on for dear life sometimes. That's okay, InDesign is a difficult program, but a very rewarding one, to learn. We'll get there. Honest.
If you would like to practice on your own, or are eager to try new things please check out this link. It's a fantastic resource for you!
You are always welcome to ask for extra help after our lesson is over.
This graphic should be helpful (maybe save it to your phone for handy reference?)
You can really speed yourself up if you learn the keyboard shortcuts too...
This course is very condensed and "content heavy", as we have a lot of skills to learn in order to make you digital designers by the end of June.
As we end our mini-Photoshop and photo editing unit, you are to read the attached handout on "Photographic Truth in the Digital Era", and complete the 1 page personal response that is indicated at the bottom of the package. This will be evaluated. It is due Wednesday (no excuses).
The websites on the handout have changed to the following (make sure you use Firefox or Chrome):
Fake or Foto Quiz
Greg's Digital Retouching Portfolio
You do not have to answer all the guided questions, they are only to help focus your thinking in preparation of your answering the personal response question. You should complete the activities for both websites and reflect on your thoughts (this will make a valuable contribution to your response).
Please use this reflection sheet to prepare your self-directed points for submission this week. As we discussed in class, you are to complete one reflection PER project.
Please right click and save these photos to your desktop.
We are also going to look at a few other tools that you will use from time to time, so please save these photos to your desktop as well.
If you need a review of what we worked on in class, this is an excellent video:
If you want to become a Master with Lightroom, try memorizing a few of these keyboard shortcuts. They will speed your workflow up tremendously!
This will be a challenge for all that are involved. Please stick with it, take risks, and ask for help when necessary.
AWE3MI students are you ready to begin your exploration of Photography? We will begin our understanding by taking a look atproper exposure.
The graphic below might be a handy little guide to save on your phone (just sayin').
Just in case you need a little review, this is an excellent video that goes over the concepts covered in the PowerPoint.
Here is a little "hands-on" tutorial that you can play with to try and practice your learning. Play with the Canon Camera Simulator.
When you are finished, please fill out this reflection form (yes, it's for marks!)
Students are also asked to triple check that you have access to your OneDrive and that you have created the appropriate folders to keep your work organzied..
Students are to: 1) Fill out this form with your intended stream and map out what projects you are intending on completing (remember at least one from each category for a total of 200 pts. You may repeat categories to reach this total).
Learning Challenges expectations can be downloaded here.
Design Stream can be downloaded here.
Photography Stream can be downloaded here.
Content Stream can be downloaded here.
2) As a review and "tune up exercise" (some of you haven't used your digital design skills for a while), we will be continuing with the project that most of you enjoyed "tasting" in the AWE3MI course (but alas, cruel Covid will stop us from tasting your work this year...major upside down smiley face). Work with a partner to work through the Chapman's Ice Cream Design Review Challenge (you'll need this rubric too!) . The presentation of marketing materials to the class are due Thursday afternoon (no extensions).
Hopefully, everyone is adjusting back into the "new normal". Please email me if you still need some help, or just to check in. I am very interested in how you are doing and if you have everything you need to be successful.
Before we begin our unit on Photography, you will need to sign up for a free Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com Once you have set up your account, search for ShaunFMPerry, look at my groups, and join the Yearbook group. We will be able to find each other there.
This unit, I am encouraging you to use the most sophisticated camera that you have (if that is your smartphone so be it!), and leave it on automatic (you will NEVER see me say that again!). This week we are learning about exposure, basic composition, and practicing a few "rules".
This morning: We are going to look at the Rule of Thirds, and practice how to use this important technique when taking photographs. This PowerPoint will frame our discussion.
This afternoon: We are going to look at other composition techniques, and get ready for our first assignment.
You will need to CAREFULLY read through this website on 20 Composition Techniques. It would be a good idea to write down the technique and a sentence or so (or doodle) that helps describe it. I am going to ask you to evaluate the website in the form below.
The assignment is self-guided and is meant for you to take the time and THINK before you shoot. Think through what the photo will look like, change angles, Points of View, walk closer or farther away, etc. Make sure your photos are in FOCUS (do not make me write OOF: Out of Focus anywhere on your assignment). You may have to take several photos to get that "one"..that's okay. That's called practice. Make sure you look at the rubric a few times as you work though the guide.
Please take the time to reflect in the areas on the assignment that I ask you to think. Add examples and details to back up your assertions.
You will hand your work in the TEAMS assignment folder. Digitally insert your photos in the proper spots in the assignment sheet before you hand them in. If this doesn't work for you, clearly label each picture as lastname_technique (ie. perry_ruleofthirds) and submit them that way.
Most of all, have some fun with this! Push yourself to use the techniques correctly.
This is a dynamic split-level classroom with a tremendous amount of work to accomplish in a very short amount of time. This means that the Grade 11 students (AWE3MI), will be challenged to learn the skills and concepts necessary to be effective in a digital design classroom. To our benefit, the Grade 12s (AWE4MI) are a wonderful resource for peer review, leadership and those students who need extra help with some of the more challenging concepts we will be covering.
Today will be spent covering the classroom rules, course expectations (AWE3MI, AWE4MI), and signing up for the many accounts that we need to work in a WEB 2.0 environment. We will also be discussing the paperless classroom initiative, and how that will impact the day to day operations during the course.
Please make sure you take the time to thoroughly fill out the student database form, particularly paying attention to what your expectations are for the course. This is also your opportunity to indicate to me what leadership opportunities you are interested in this semester.
Struggling a bit with the Advanced Photography assignment (AWE3MI) or ideas to finish off your independent points projects (AWE4MI)? Check out this awesome exploration of What is Photography? Through image and words the individuals featured in the series you can discover what unifies the greater community of image makers.
Over the next two weeks I would you like you to finish up our exploration of photography, by working one some advanced photography techniques. This will be the last photography assignment we do in class this year. We will head back to InDesign in June.
You are more than welcome to use Lightroom and Photoshop to enhance your compositions. Please read, and then reread the expectations and instructions. You will shoot more than you will submit. I will post a video on how to make thumbnails later this week.
The weather is nice. You need to get outdoors and explore (in a safe manner of course..). Photography is a great way to deal with this unprecedented time in our lives. Take this time to find your style, take risks, make mistakes, and learn from experience.
I am always available for one-on-one help over TEAMS. I can show you a technique, give you feedback, and help brainstorm. Email me with your availability and we will book a time.
This is the site for Consumer Design lesson plans, expectations, and course materials.