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Class Sessions generally follows this format: 15 Min Reading Quiz Activity / Discussion Unit Project / Working Session For Next Week (Read, Watch, Create) Wk. Dt. In-Class Tutorials/Readings/Projects Due Date 1 jan 27 No Reading Quiz Activity: Intruductions Intro to Syllabus Key Concepts Class Policy Intro to WP, Sakai For Next Week: Read: ID Chap … More Course Schedule
WordPress is content management system, or CMS, that powers millions of websites all over the world. From traditional blogs to newspapers. Online magazines, TV stations and social media sites. WordPress powers everything. It is quite simply a publishing tool for the web. So to me, at least, the answer to the question what is WordPress, is. WordPress is whatever you want it … More What is WordPress.com?
This infographic was shared via the UB Design Group. It offers some great pointers for student and reinforces out in-class lecture, Introduction to Typography. Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.
This week we worked on creating Photoshop Mockups for my portfolios. I added this activity under the guise of having my students make presentations for the program director at the university. That was partially true. The main reason that I gave my students this activity was to help them build their portfolios. Sometimes flat, conceptual … More PSD Mockups for FREEEE!
We’re in the home stretch, and everyone in class has a blog where they post and share design projects. So, I’m not posting as much student work here. This past week, we learned some of the basics of using Adobe Illustrator and I asked the students to create typographic treatments of some of the fundamental quotations … More another typographic exercise
While I composed this week’s reading quiz, I decided to ask my students what they thought a popular graphic design phrase means to them. I also made it a status update. My smart-patootie friends on Facebook decided that they would respond to this too. Bauhaus, oh Arthur…
This week we tackled magazine spreads, laying out an interview that appeared in Bon Apetit magazine. Objectives for this project–before we move on to WordPress design and development–include: Design multi-page layout using a grid system, Show effective use of typography, hiearchy, and balance, Show effective use of graphics, appropriate to audience and subject matter
This week students submitted a completely new and unique identity package–either for themselves or a made-up client: logo, biz card, letterhead, envelope, and event postcard. Since this is the largest project that we will tackle in this course (except for the final), I had much higher expectations for this project. The submission guidelines were simple–turn … More 05. Identity Design
When I originally put together my online portfolio and printed leave behind, I took several photographs of my samples so that my work would be well represented in both media. It was a mostly successful project. However, some of my conceptual pieces–ones that never went into production–had to be altered to fit stylistically. There were … More Portfolio Design: Mockups