I am at the Docs for Teachers Conference in Toronto today, but that doesn't mean that the work is to come to a screeching stop. We need to keep moving forward so that you are prepared to create and finish spectacular yearbook layouts.
AWE3MI students should work on their magazine covers. If time allows, please have Liam take your picture against the green screen (in preparation for Monday's lesson on how to Photoshop the background out of the photo).
AWE4MI students should make triple sure that their presentations are ready to go for Monday morning. The rest of the time should be spent, calendar and planner in hand preparing your own schedule on how you would like to tackle your 200 points (I would like to meet with each and every one of you next week to discuss your plans). Also, please make yourself available for any of the AWE3MI students that are having issues w/ their magazine covers (you were in the same place they are a year ago....and look how far you have come!)
Today we are working on your most challenging assignment yet. You will need your magazine cover, a ruler, a pencil, and a boat load of patience. I will walk you through expectations in class, and get you started. You will need to work very hard, keep yourself on task and be prepared to have this assignment finished by Monday of next week.
Please spend today polishing your presentations for tomorrow. You should be fully comfortable with your target market, your ad choices (be prepared to explain images, etc), and your pitch.
We are going to take a look at kerning today, and how to make our text look my pleasing to the eye. It is a largely "thankless" task, but the results can be stunning.
We are going to play a game.
Your mission is simple: achieve pleasant and readable text by distributing the space between letters. Typographers call this activity kerning. Your solution will be compared to a typographer's solution, and you will be given a score depending on how close you nailed it. Good luck!
Today we'll take a brief look at Typography, focusing on typeface families, components, and uses.
Students will be asked to react to the ComicSansCriminal website and they will be introduced to their next assignment, the Magazine Cover.
Lots to get done..so we need to stay focused!
Smashing Magazine has an awesome article on the Principles of Using and Selecting Typefaces. You should check it out! This is a nice overview of the practical use of the concepts we looked at in class today.
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. This will be the hardest set of skills you will learn this year...so let's get this obstacle out of the way early on!
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 can download a trial of Adobe Creative Cloud here (it will only work for a few days...so use your time wisely). I wish I could give you a license for home, but as it currently stands, the School Board is not supporting this (I am in the same boat..lol). If you really would like a copy, Adobe licenses the software by the month to students and teachers for $20US for the entire Adobe CC Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, Premiere, etc).
You are always welcome in the lab before, during and after school. If you would like to work in here during your spare, touch base with me in the library. I can also make room for you during Com Tech during Period C.
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...
Monday in class, somebody voiced my three least favourite words "it's good enough". No, actually, it is not "good enough". If you wonder why will I always push you, and expect nothing but your absolute best, this video best summarizes how I feel (one small swear word aside..lol)
I also subscribe to the no-cliques, be the the best you theory as well (never compromise your inner you for some sort of outer falsehood). This Apple ad from 1997 is an excellent summary of that viewpoint as well.
We covered a lot of important material during class on Wednesday, and I appreciate your patience and focus. This is the powerpoint that we looked at in class, and you are more than welcome to download it and review it as many times as you find necessary to learn the terminology and basic rules of design. These are the fundamentals that we will use to produce some pretty amazing stuff this year. I have also uploaded this terminology sheet to help you with all the concepts that we have learned so far (and that you are expected to know for next Wednesday's test).
My expectations for the today revolve around you completing the following:
1) The PICA paper cut and paste assignment. Remember, you only paste the dominate element on to your DPS. All other elements are drawn in as boxes (maximum height and width of each element). Neatness is paramount, and I will ask you to start over if this isn't 100% accurate and professional.
2) Tomorrow we will try doing this on the computer. Buckle up..it could be bumpy. lol
1) I need the list of your points emailed to me by the end of today's class. If you are indecisive, please see me before lunch.
2) Work on your Chapman's assignment. I do not think it is unreasonable to expect you to present next Tuesday.
Students are also asked to triple check that you have access to the Y: drive and that you have created the appropriate folder with your last name in the student folder.
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. 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, including samples of your flavour, are due Tuesday, February 20th (no extensions).
This is the site for Consumer Design lesson plans, expectations, and course materials.