Thursday, September 27, 2012

Type Resource from Zanaib!

Reminders for Next Week

Hello students,

Just want to remind everyone what is due next week. If you have not turned in your mood boards and your Exercise 5 (Creative Process), please email me these files in PDF as soon as possible for partial credite.
On Monday, please bring a draft (color print) of your posters for the Pin Up and casual peer review. We will work in refining any details during the rest of the class. If I have not seen and approved a thumbnail from you as of yet, you need to email me your drawn idea by the end of the day friday, so that you can move on to illustrator.

On Wednesday, come ready for our critique! Get in class before 8am with your board and brief. Don't forget to also transfer your files to Shared S,pace that morning and to come prepared to participate and to use the elements and principles of design during critique.

Have a great weekend and see you Monday!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Don't let this be your creative process!!!!

I couldn't resist! We will be talking about the creative/design process tomorrow. Hopefully the illustration bellow is NOT your current process!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Poster Inspiration

Design inspiration shared by Zainab Ayaz!

Poster Events!

1. Alice Chung - Anime Weekend Atlanta - 9/28-30
2. Kirsten Taylor  - Field of Greens event  - 9/30

3. Lloyd Parker  - ‪"I Am Style" Fashion Show 2012 - 10/13
4. Katherine Moenk - Marietta Zombie Walk - 10/27
5. Brenna Morrissey - Pride Weekend - 10/13-14.
6. Vy Vu - "Taste of Atlanta" - 10/5-7
7. Sydney-Sharrein Henry - Atlanta Pride Festival - 10/3-14
8. Nikiya Brown - Drink and Doodle
9. Cristina Galarraga - Centennial Ball: The Past is Present  9/29
10. Kristen Williams - 6th annual atlanta saxophone day 9/29
11. Rebecca Price - WHY? Band Concert - 9/17

12. David Garner - "The Weeknd" - 10/19

13. Aaronda Hargrett - 
Autumn Bridal Ball - 9/23

14. Amanda Satrape - Animal Collective - 9/30

15. Woody Trend - "Sweet Auburn Heritage Festival" 11/3-4

16. Courtney Jackson - Loving Hands Fall Festival &  Pet Adoption - 10/14

17. Zainab Ayaz - Dialogue in the Dark - until 12/01

18. Deseri Rice - Kendrick Lamar concert - 9/29

19. Patrick Riley - Jack White - 10/9, 2012

20. Anthony Rundles - Great Decatur Beer Tasting Festival -October 20, 2012

21. Timothy Shaughnessy - ‪Cirque de Soleil - Totem‬ - ‪10/27 - 1202, 2012‬

22. Tyler Merritt - ‪The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die -‬ ‪10/24‬

23. Michelle Parkos - FLux Art festival - 10/06

24. 2012 Atlanta CureSearch Walk - 11/10

Free Fonts From Michelle

Hello all,

For this class, we nee to stick with the font list I gave you, but here is a link with some interesting and full of personality fonts, free. Michelle Parkos wanted to share with the class!

Thank you Michelle. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

Mood Board Examples

What exactly is a mood board?

Mood boards (sometimes called inspiration boards) are used in a variety of disciplines. You’ve no doubt seen them used for Interior Design, where fabric swatches and paint chip samples are grouped together on a poster to show a homeowner what type of atmosphere the new decor will create. They are also used frequently in Fashion to highlight trends and styles. In essence they are a compilation of inspirational elements used by designers to flesh out ideas at the beginning of a design project.

A mood board is extremely useful for establishing the aesthetic feel of a web site. It usually fits into the process somewhere after wireframes and before design mockups. Things that can be explored in the mood board include photography style, color palettes, typography, patterns, and the overall look and feel of the site. Soft or hard? Grungy or clean? Dark or light? A rough collage of colors, textures and pictures is all it takes to evoke a specific style or feeling.
The mood board is intentionally casual; it lets the designer start with broad strokes and get feedback before too much time is invested in the wrong direction. Think of it as rapid visual prototyping.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Labeling your Project

Using your new logo, produce a 3x1" label containing your name, class, instructor and semester.
Place this label in the lower right corner on the back of your boards.


Paper Specs

Generally students find they can use a satin (sometimes called Semi gloss)  for most of their projects Red River and Epson are popular brands. A light cover weight is preferred. I usually order my paper online, as more choices are available.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Inge Druckrey's wonderful teaching

It was worth my time watching this video. It's truly inspiring. For us, it reinforces the need to understand and use the elements and principles of design.

“An absolutely beautiful film. It picks up where Helvetica left off.
Inge Druckrey's wonderful teaching is an inspiration.”  Luke Geissbuhler,
cinematographer of Helvetica
  “A great story beautifully told.”  Ken Carbone

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Typography Fun!

Brain/Brand Exercise!

Check this out!


Saving your files

Saving your files

Please use the following directions to name your files for this class, including exercises and projects:

Individual files: lastname_firstname_projectX or lastname_firstname_projectX
                           (example: lord_katia_project1)

Folders: lastname_firstname_GRD3000F12
               (example: lord_katia_GRD3000F12)

Black Board Cutting & Mounting

Craftsmanship is very important!! Mount your work appropriately!

 exacto knife with extra blades
 studiotac dry adhesive or spray mount
 cutting mat
 black board
 fine sand paper block.

• Make sure you have a clean work area
• When attaching the paper, make sure to use a roller or something similar to flatten your paper into the board so that there are no air bubbles. 
• When measuring, make sure your pencil marks are light and accurate. 
 When cutting, use a repetitive motion with several light cuts instead of trying to go through the thickness of the board at once. 
 After the project is mounted, make sure to use the sand board to smooth the edges if necessary
 Make sure that there are no visible glue or pencil marks. 
 Make sure that you leave a nice margin all the way around, don’t crowd your board. 
 Make sure that the backs of your boards are clean and with you identification label. 
 Make sure that the boards are consistent throughout.

As a quick reference, take a look at this GSU student's video. She covers the steps to mount your boards for presentation. I will go into a little more detail in class, but you can always refer back to this video if you have too!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Top 5 Comps

Hello all,

Hoping you are enjoying your weekend. Just wanted to reminded you I need your compas by tomorrow. Our schedule got tight with the Holiday. Please look at the syllabus and make sure to stay with the due dates!

Have fun and see you on Wednesday. Happy Labor Day!


Logo Resources

Here are some fun and/or helpful things for you to look through as references...just some inspiration as you develop your logo project.

Iconic Logo Designers -Greatest logo designers and links to other logo sites

Logo Lounge - one of my other favorite logo sites

The Logo DesignProcess from Start to Finish - online article

What Makes a GoodLogo - online article

11 Steps of aSuccessful Logo Design Process - online article

Recommended Reading

Hello Students,

These are great resources if you want to learn more about Graphic Design:
• The Education of a Graphic Designer by Steven Heller
• Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming by Ellen Lupton 
• The New Basics by Ellen Lupton
• Meggs' History of Graphic Design by Philip B. Meggs and Alston W. Purvis
• Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design by Steven Heller (Anything by Steven Heller will be interesting for someone with a genuine interest in graphic design. He is one of the leading critical writers in the field.)

These are great resources if you want to learn more about Typography:
• Designing with Type, 5th Edition: The Essential Guide to Typography by James CraigWilliam BevingtonIrene Korol Scala
 Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students by Ellen Lupton
• Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works, by Erik Spiekermann, E.M. Ginger

These are great resources if you want to learn more about Creativity:
• Creativity for Graphic Designers by Mark Oldach
• Creative Whack Pack by Roger Von Oech (This is a card deck that gives you tons of different brainstorming exercises and offers different ways of looking at a problem.)

These are great resources if you want to learn more about Graphic Software:• Photoshop • • Photoshop or Illustrator CS5 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide by Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas
• Photoshop CS5: The Missing Manual by Lesa Snider
• Adobe InDesign CS5 Classroom in a Book by Adobe Creative Team