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Week3: Graphic & Web Design

September 17, 2018
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Slides from Class


  1. Website Analysis (Post final images to Blog)
    • Take 3 websites and annotate their features. Make note of:
      -Alignments and Grids
      -Hierarchies (How do you know what’s important? I it color, scale, spacing which focus your attention?)
      -Fonts used and why (Is there a system or hierarchy?)
      -Proximity (What items seem to be intentionally groups or paired together?)
      -Consistency (or inconsistency of fonts, styles, colors, spacing etc.)
      -What other principles of design were utilized?  Be specific.
    •  Take 1 of the 3 websites and annotate a secondary page in that site.
      -What are the consistencies between the two pages?
      -Where do alignments and grids break from the proceeding page?
      -Are all the fonts the same? (is the title font the same as the title font on all other pages)
      -What things are missing from the original page?
  2. Graphic Self Portrait or Logo Design (Post final image to Blog) 
    • Using Illustrator (and Photoshop if you would like), make a self portrait or logo design which represents you or professional practice you wish to have.
    • Describe your thoughts and intentions behind the design.  What elements of design did you utilize? What fonts did you choose to represent you?  What line weights? What shapes? What colors?  Why does this represent you? Explain your intent.
  3.  Read the 2 readings below.
  4. Respond to readings and Post to your blog.
    • Describe a design which you have encountered or are very familiar with where the user experience or user interface was appropriate or inappropriate.  This design can be anything from a subway kiosk to a smart phone app.  What about the design was intuitive or difficult? How could it have been better?  Was it uncomfortable? Did you even notice the design?  ~500 words at least.

Attractive Things Work Better – Don Norman
A Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design

Tutorials to start with. (Ignore their funny voices….)

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Week2: Design & Media

September 10, 2018
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  1. Make a personal blog or web page.   Please send me the URL for your website via email as soon as you have one.  This ‘blog’ will be used to submit weekly assignments and documentation for your projects.
    • This can be a dedicated page from an existing personal website/blog if you already have one.
    • If you do not have a existing website/blog, I suggest… (free)
    • If you want a custom domain (ie., you can purchase and register your domain name through…. (this costs money) (domain registration and remote server hosting) (domain registration and remote server hosting)
    • If you want to start a quick and pretty portfolio for the class consider…. (this cost money, but they have custom templates for ease)
  2. Read the 4 readings below.
  3. Respond (on your blog) to Marshall McCluhan’s The Medium is the Message.
    • What thoughts or issues did you have with anything that he may say?  Do you agree or disagree?  ~150 words.
    • Choose an artist, designer, or project.  Think critically about their chosen media.  Explain why they do (or do not) use the appropriate media/medium for their work.    ~500 words at least…….
  4.  Lastly, come to the next class with a website that you want to work with.  Choose anything.  It can be an artist, design firm, e-commerce site etc.  We will be working with these sites in class analyzing their designs and mechanisms.

Principles of Graphic Design
Guide to Web Design
Graphic Design
The Medium is the Message – Marshall McCluhan

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