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...
I am away at a meeting today, but that is no reason why the learning cannot continue! AWE3MI students will be following up our introductory lesson on typography yesterday by exploring the world of design in the documentary Helvetica. You will need this handout to help guide your learning, and your responses will be evaluated.
AWE4MI students should continue to work on their Chapman's Assignment. In preparation for tomorrow's "touch-base" meeting with me, please have your target market fully developed, your ad ideas roughly thought through, your magazine choices justified, and the basic of premise of your presentation brainstormed. I would like to see these presented one week today...
Today we'll take a brief look at Typography, focusing on typeface families, components, and uses. You will need this handout to guide your note-taking.
Students will be asked to react to the ComicSansCriminal website and they will be introduced to their next assignment, the Magazine Cover.
We are also going to take a look at kerning today, and how to make our text look more pleasing to the eye. It is a largely "thankless" task, but the results can be stunning. We are going to play a game as we absorb the concept of kerning and leading.
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!
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.
We covered a lot of important material during class on Thursday, 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).
The road ahead of us might seem a little daunting, but it is a important journey that need to make together.
Welcome back! I hope you had an amazing mid-winter break, and you are recharged and re-energized for the tremendous responsibility ahead of us. I am sure that this year's book will be the best yet!
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.
Today we will be covering a lot of important material , 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).
This is the site for Consumer Design lesson plans, expectations, and course materials.