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From postage stamps to giant billboards, graphic design permeates
our environment. Understanding how to apply basic design concepts to the presentation
of informative or persuasive material is crucial to communicating with an
audience. Typography, image, space, color, and form will be integrated as
the term progresses. The main emphasis of the course will be on you and your
work. . By actually working, taking risks, experimenting, making mistakes
and creating with the computer, much is to be learned.
Week 1 Join the class blog, post a brief autobiography and a picture of yourself if possible. Download and install Photoshop. Watch several of the videos:
Free Video Tutorials on using Photoshop from Adobe. 42 short videos in all...
Master List of Graphic Designers to write about each week... (and Typographers) There are 68 and each has an article in Wikipedia to begin your research.
Photoshop is installed on and available on all public computers on the Albertus Campus. This includes the Library, Room 315 Aquinas Hall, Rm 140 in the TAG., etc. If you are having any trouble with your computer, and this might include viruses, breakdown, slow or old computers, etc., you should plan on using the available computers on campus.
Tech Help: Please contact Albertus ITS Helpdesk for issues related to installing software on your machine, viruses, etc.
Design 4 variations of 2 letterforms in a square....
Warm up Exercise video:
Important! Resolution should be no less than 2000 ppi on the long dimension.
Begin work on the stammp project, decide on your project, gather your images.
Video: How to gather and save your
images for the stamp project
Link to download scallop template for your project Be sure to click on the image to get the full size version. Rt click on it then either "save as" or "copy"
Stamp project explained again. How to crop the image properly.April 2019
Wrap up the stamp project.... get it into its finished 4 block form.
Begin by taking one of the posters found in the following links and "copy it" as closely as you can. This is to serve as a warm up exercise.
This project spans two weeks of work for the class. In the first week I want you to take one of the posters from the Carnegie Melon collection and out and out copy it. It is important that you do this at high resolution, that is, 12" x 17" x 240 dpi. Post the original then post your version. Unless you have good illustration skills I would concentrate on posters that are designed using typography only. The point is to learn about margins, sightlines, type hierarchy, legibility, color schemes… The list goes on. My day classes actually copy about 3 to 4 posters but they are not writing about a designer each week so that seems to work out.
Choose your poster project and begin work on it....
The second part of the project, is to create your own original poster in the style of Swiss design. You would pay attention to the same issues clarity, simplicity, hierarchy, color scheme and impact. You can research an actual event in Google using a search term like New Haven arts calendar, New Haven events etc. It needs to be a real event with a place, a time etc. Do draw on the design ideas you have been looking at. If you go to Google images, and type "Swiss poster", you'll see many more examples of contemporary applications to this design idea and perhaps find some simple ideas that you could use in your own work.
Finish up your poster project and begin the CD project.
In this project you will design all of the elements that go into a CD jewel case. This includes the front cover, inside the front cover, the back cover (tray card) with the two spines and inside the back cover, under the CD.
In this project, you will design the artwork for a CD jewel case. You are to take an existing and published CD found on Amazon.com and redesign it from scratch. This will include the front cover, inside the front cover, and the back including the spines.
This will consist of two separate panels… The front panel measures 9.5" x 4.75" at 240 dpi. Place a margin line at 4.75 inches. On the right will be your front cover and on the left will be the inside portion of the front cover. There's a fold at the margin line. All the panels should flow together in terms of stylistic similarity and color scheme. The back panel is a separate document which is 5.905" x 4.625". Place a margin line at 1/4 inch in from the left edge then place a second on the right side also a quarter inch in from the edge. Do a Google image search to look at what's included on the back panel. In addition to a playlist, there are the logo of the publisher, a barcode, legal boilerplate, etc. pay attention to the design of the spines and they must include the name of the album and the artist as well as a small record label logo. Again do a Google search and Google images using the search term "back of CD" .
Front Cover Specifications.. Make the width 2X 4.75 or 9.5 to include the inside of the front cover
Link to rear tray card specifications. Rear cover with spines
. Set up your Photoshop document as follows: Front cover and inside front cover is 1 document and will be designed together on one canvas. The inside portion is to the right and the front of the case is on the left.
The cover should include the title of the album and the name of the artist. The choice of artwork is up to you.
Inside the front cover should include a playlist of all of the tracks on the disk
The back cover should have the playlist again as well as a logo of the record label, a bar code, copyright information or legal boilerplate from the record company in small type.
Adobe tutorial for Jewel case project Although the tutorial is for using InDesign, the project is just as easy to complete in Photoshop.
Eisner Museum History of Album Design, Intersting flash presentations
Continue to work on CD
Begin Book cover project.
For the book project, you will redesign the front cover, spine and back cover of an existing book found on Amazon.com. The overall dimensions are 13" x 9" x 240 dpi. Place your margin lines and 6 inches and 7 inches for the spine. Use information at Amazon such as a short synopsis or short reviews for your back cover. Include details like the logo of the publisher, a barcode, etc. do a Google image search to see what existing books look like and what details need to be included. Pay attention to the color scheme, type hierarchy, imagery as it relates to the content of the book, margin lines, etc. Post an image of the original book in addition to your redesign.
Video.....How to get started designing you book cover, including front, back, spine and end flaps.
Finish up Book project, Tie up loose ends
Tradition of Honor: As a member of the Albertus Magnus College Community, each student taking this course agrees to uphold the principles of honor set forth by this community, to defend these principles against abuse or misuse and to abide by the regulations of the College. To this end, every student must write and sign the following statement at the end of each examination: "I declare the Honor Pledge." In digital classes, students will represent all work as their own and not copied from the internet.
Tradition of Respect: In our class: 1) Everyone is allowed to feel they can work and learn in a safe and caring environment; 2) Everyone learns about, understands, appreciates, and respects varied races, classes, genders, physical and mental abilities, and sexualities; 3) Everyone matters; 4) All individuals are to be respected and treated with dignity and civility; and 5) Everyone shares the responsibility for making our class, and the College, a positive and better place to live, work, and learn.
Special Needs and Accommodations: Please advise the instructor of any special problems or needs at the beginning of the semester or mod. Those students seeking accommodation based on disabilities should provide a Faculty Contact Sheet obtained through the Academic Development Center in Aquinas Hall, (203) 773-8590.
WITHDRAWING FROM A COURSE:
It is the responsibility of the student to officially drop or withdraw from a course. However, failure to attend a course for 14 calendar days may result in an administrative withdrawal from the course. The policies on course withdrawals and administrative withdrawals may be found online at http://www.albertus.edu/policy-reports/academic-policies-regulations-ug#apgr
Albertus Magnus College adheres to the definition of a credit hour in compliance with, and as defined by, NECHE commission policy.
Excellent Photoshop Videos: http://lynda.com
Virtual Training Co. Photoshop CS2 Essential Training with Michael Ninness... Free
Any mass market bookstore will have numerous Photoshop titles for sale in the computer section. Although not required you may want to pick up a book that fits your budget and learning style to have as a reference.
The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition - Robin Williams (Author); Paperback
Layout Index: Brochure, Web Design, Poster, Flyer, Advertising,
Page Layout, Newsletter, Stationery Index - Jim Krause; Paperback
Randy Weston & African Rhythmus Duo
Jazz in Willisau,