Final Portfolio Requirement

Hey there. It’s the end of the semester, we made it!

Requirements for Final Portfolio Day: Wed, April 26

BEGINNING OF CLASS CRITIQUE  on your Music Illustration Poster AND hand in of your final portfolio files (via Dropbox)

No exceptions. No time to save files. Walk in, on time… be ready or points will be deducted from your final portfolio grade for lack of professionalism. (10 points will be deducted for failure to meet this beginning of class deadline)

Final Portfolio Requirements: (This counts as your Final Exam)

Upload a folder of your project (Labeled with your Name)

Design Projects :

Please label them as follows:

  1. AnimalTotem.pdf
  2. Infographic.pdf
  3. PatternCollection.pdf
  4. MusicIllustration.pdf
  5. DesignerStatement.docx

Design Statement:

1-2 page (typed) designer statement answering the following questions in paragraph format: (save as designstatement.docx on your burned CD)

What did you learn this semester? (Technical + conceptual)

How did you incorporate the Principles of Design in your project?

How is your view of Illustrator different after taking this class?

Which projects did you enjoy the most/the least?

Is there anything specific that you would have liked to have gone over?

How can you improve your design skills for the future?

How can I improve http://www.professorhopkins.com? Do you use it?

Anything else you would like to tell me?

Also – if you have edited your projects at all, please tell me what you did to fix/change your design in your designer statement. 

 

Music Illustration Poster Design

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It’s our last project… Let’s make it great!

Adobe Illustrator is for illustrators.. In this project, you need to communicate your “illustrative style” by starting from a blank document and using the pen tool, in addition to others, building a cohesive poster design for your favorite band. The poster illustration should be seen as an illustrative ad, marketing a particular performance/location.

Once you decide on your band, I’d like you to come up with three different concepts in your sketchbook and we will talk through your ideas to sift through the most successful visual illustration. Your aesthetic direction is very important in this project!

Saul Bass: Master Graphic Artist

Charley Harper: Graphic Artist and Illustrator

50 Amazing Poster Designs

Music Festival Branding Campaign

Typography + Music Illustration

Music Icons

House of Blues

Fort Lauderdale Designers: Iron Forge Press

Requirements:

Choosing a band of your choice, design an illustrative advertising poster combining all of your acquired technical skills so far: THE PEN TOOL, image trace, pattern making, typography, shape builder, the blob tool, recolor artwork, layer/file management, etc. Is an “effect” something you would like to try?

Design elements to consider: Composition, basic principles of design (Repetition and Rhythm , Scale and Proportion, Directional Force, Balance, Emphasis, Contrast), Typography, Color Theory.

Let’s work BIG: 13 x 19″ – 18×24″

Books to reference: (I will bring in)

Masters of Poster Design

Gig Posters

1000 Posters from Toulouse-Latrec to Sagmeister

Naive: Modernism and Folklore in Contemporary Graphic Design

LYNDA.COM VIDEOS

Revisit : Chapter 8: “Don’t be Afraid of the Pen Tool” in Illustrator CS6 Essential Training

Is it appropriate to draw using a perspective grid? If so: see Ch. 14 Drawing in Perspective: CS6 Essential Training

Also: Check out the video Designing a Poster for some ideas and effects

And Illustrator CS6 One on One Advanced Ch. 30 Dynamic Effects Ch. 27 and 28 on Brushes and Blend Modes

*** LINK FOR 60 FREE ILLUSTRATOR BRUSHES ****

 

Link to Just Like Being There – documentary on Gig Posters (watch it! On Netflix)

 

DUE: WEDNESDAY, April 24 (last class)

Wed., March 15: Patterns on Patterns

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Digital patterning

Watch these Video tutorials:

Lynda.com best video:Drawing Vector Graphics: Patterns

Adobe (free help) Adobe help: 

Excellent short video

Another tutorial

  • Objectives: Using the pen tool, shape builder tools and others – create a digital pattern that can be made into a piece of fabric, wallpaper, or other paper goods. (Journal, file folder, etc.) We are also going to learn how to “Recolor Artwork” so you can see your pattern in different color schemes. We will also cover color and color swatches in Illustrator. Pattern Options and Pattern Tiling.

 

Create a digital pattern repeat in Illustrator using 2-5 colors within the file.

Requirements:

1. Experimenting with: Basic tiling, brick, hexing, and mirroring.

2. Present a ” Pattern Collection” for critique.

  • Design three different cohesive patterns
  • 8″ x 10″ for each of the 3 art boards

Note: In your collection, you must have one “Seamless” pattern design.

Things to think about:

1. Color palette/harmony

2. Execution: What do you see this pattern being used for?

3. Tech: pen tool, shape builder, arrangement of layers, (overlapping shapes) composition, Recoloring Artwork, scale tool, etc.

4. Stylistic: Abstract, non-representational, representational, whimsical, geometric?

Other videos: Color Theory

Chapter 5: Color and Swatches

 

Show student examples

 

Online Research:

Lynda.com: Surface Designers: Chapter 5

Spoonflower – print on demand by textile designers and artists.

Behance Pattern Design

Michelle Weinberg: Miami artist and designer

Marimekko: Modern Scandinavian design

Jocelyn-Warner

BEST LINK EVER: Design Sponge: top 50 wallpaper sources

Real Simple Magazine

Amy Butler Textile Designer

And, of course, we can’t talk about wallpaper design without talking about the amazing Arts and Crafts artist and designer, William Morris.

Here are some links to his famous designs:

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

William Morris Society

Textile design images

Books referenced for this project:

1. Grammar of the Ornament by Owen Jones

2. “Over and Over: A Collection of Hand drawn Patterns” by Mike Perry

3. 1000 Patterns

 

SCAD grad fashion designer

TENTATIVE DUE DATE: Wednesday, April 12 

Calendar update

Wed, March 8: NO CLASS: SPRING BREAK

Wed, March 15: Lab day for Infographics + Introduce Pattern Design project

Wed, March 22: Critique on Infographics + brainstorm pattern

Wed, March 29: Pattern Design lab day

Wed, April 5: Pattern Design Critique at 9:30/10 a.m.

Wed, April 12: Music Poster Illustration Intro + lab day

Wed, April 19: Music Poster Illustration lab day

Wed, April 26: Critique and last class. Music Poster due + Final Portfolio

 

 

 

Wednesday, Feb. 22 + Mar 1: Lab day for Infographics

Today will be a lab day for Infographics – we will talk more about how to visualize your data as well as I will demonstrate the graphs function in Illustrator.

Key tips:

  • Object: Graph: Type
  • Object: Graph: Data
  • Direct Select to change colors

Options for Graphs:

  • Column
  • Stacked
  • Bar
  • Line
  • Area
  • Scatter
  • Pie
  • Radar

 

I will also do a technical demo on how to use the “Edit Colors/Recolor Artwork” feature in Illustrator so you can be sure you are certain about your color decisions.

Color support: 

https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/adjusting-colors.html

Recolor Artwork

Extra AMAZING link for professional Data Visualization examples

Infographics: Chart it.. graph it.. and map it

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Infographics Design Project: Charts, graphs and maps: 

Continuing our studies of visual communication, our next assignment is to produce an infographic on a subject matter of your choice. You can approach this from anything to a scientific manner to a humorous/witty manner. Charts, graphs and maps are all part of graphic design – we see them as accompaniment to magazine articles, newspaper spreads and web graphics. Publications from anything such as the NYTimes, to National Geographic, to Maxim use infographics, not to mention countless information based and news websites. Try using a mind map for brainstorming to develop your design approach for this assignment.

Anything from bar graphs, to pie charts, to Venn diagrams, to “pinned maps” to an original idea is acceptable.

You may use hand drawn elements, vector graphics, simple lines and shapes or a combination of several.

See these links for visual research: I love charts and Food Infographics. Also see Pinterest “Infographics” or “Graphs” Also take a look at Cool Infographics for inspiration or this one or this link for tutorials and examples.

This site Pop Chart Lab has a bunch of beautiful vector based charts and infographics

Check out this new link on infographics for social media

Also check out this artist, Chad Hagen for his “Nonsensical Infographics” which I personally love.

David Byrne (of the Talking Heads) also makes art: His book Arborteum has some really interesting diagram drawings.

First things first: Scour the internet or newspaper or a magazine for an article you think would be appropriate for illustration through an infographic. The best articles include statistics, literal communication devices and images as well as a sense of “measuring”.

Ideas to consider: 1. Monetary worth 2. Usage Statistics 3. Compare/Contrast (Something vs. something else) 4. A “How to” 5. Dissecting an object/idea/concept 6. Top 10 ____ 7. Percentage of _____ 8. Demographics. (Check out Palm Beach State College’s demographics as an example)

Element your design must have: 1. Chart or Graph or Map – or combination of the three. Design must combine images and numbers to balance a sense of measuring.

Second step: Technical: Be sure to watch the following Adobe videos on 

 

Illustrator Charts/Graphs tutorial

Illustrator chart graph video

Final design: 11″ x 17″ (or longer)  vector graphic design.

Due date: TBA

Also – you must turn in a hard copy/web link of the article (if applicable)  you are illustrating.