WEEK 1 – LESSONS LEARNED + DESIGN & THE INDUSTRY

BLOG ASSIGNMENT 1
Read the post LESSONS LEARNED—CLASS OF 2015. It’s long (so grab a cup of coffee) but definitely worth reading if you want to know what’s about to hit you and how to make the most of the next 15 weeks in this course. When you’re done, write a post of your own on something you read there that made an impression. Please don’t forget to categorize and tag the post, selecting as many labels as apply. If you’ve never worked with WordPress or blogging software, please see Rachel during her office hours this week. 

This is due Saturday, Sept. 3, at 5 p.m. (I extended the deadline by one day.)

Please do not put your post on this page as a comment, rather create a post on the Home page. And don’t forget to tag and categorize it, please, selecting as many labels as apply.

BLOG ASSIGNMENT 2
Discus the significance of graphic design in your chosen field. Do a little research. Ask your professors or friends in the industry, dig around on the Internet, walk around in the real world and find examples. And speaking of examples, include at least two photos of two different uses of graphic design as it relates to your field. (Upload your images  at 800px width max; 72DPI, JPG or PNG format.) In the written post, make sure to address the following:

  • What is your specific field of study.
  • How is graphic design used in your field of study? List as many different applications as you can.
  • How important is graphic design in your field and why?
  • How would your industry change if there were no graphic design involved?

This is due Tuesday Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. 

Please do not put your post on this page as a comment, rather create a post on the Home page. And don’t forget to tag and categorize it, please, selecting as many labels as apply.

8 Comments

  1. 90. Design takes time.

    This particular hint of information stuck out to me because I am one of those people who always comes up with an idea in my head, draws it out on paper, digitally designs it and then refuses to change anything. I am a very stubborn person in general, but I hope that this course will teach me to be more open to change over time. Even though my initial idea for a design may be great in my head and on paper, I need to learn to take my time, look over things again and make any necessary changes to ensure that my final product is the best that it can possibly be.

    I experienced this bad habit already in my lab on Monday night. For about 20 minutes we were playing around with InDesign and I started messing with the design of my first and last name for my resume project. I explored some typefaces and I found two that I really liked. I made a quick design and I was very satisfied with how it turned out, so I wrote down all the information in order to recreate it in lab next week.

    After reading these hints and tips, I realized that by planning to recreate the same graphic that I made in such a short period of time, I am just falling back into my stubborn ways. Now that I know “design takes time,” I plan to use the design I already came up with as a starting point and get some feedback from my peers and my lab I.A. in order to make some necessary changes. Hopefully by the end of this course, if not sooner, I will live by the phrase “design takes time.”

  2. It’s nice to see the blog in use, Alex, and congrats on being the first person to blog this semester. A smidge of credit for you and your timeliness. : )

    Do me a favor, though, and make this a post instead of a comment, OK? Thanks!

  3. 93. Creativity can be learned.

    This lesson learned stood out to me for a few reasons. Currently I consider myself to already be a pretty creative person but I never thought about expanding my creative abilities further. Subconsciously I’ve always wanted to remain a person involved with the arts but I never consciously have thought about growing, I just always thought I’d always remain the same in that sense. Therefore seeing this made me realize that I want to utilize this class so that the creativity I already posses can grow into something greater that I can take with me throughout my career and life. After reading this I now am excited to “learn more creativity” by enhancing my skills with Adobe, Illustrator and InDesign as well as opening my imagination to new creative ideas for my work.

    I apologize for posting this in the wrong spot but I couldn’t figure out where else it goes!

  4. Reading through these tips helped me a lot, especially because I am very uneasy about this class and the programs we will be using. One of my favorite posts was number 48, there are some things I suck at. Not only did I find some humor in it but I also feel I can relate to it. I am not by any means familiar with the programs we will be using and I know it will take some getting used to before I succeed. I found it inspiring that instead of being down about not being the best, this student chose to praise his/her classmates and challenged himself to do better. Hopefully I can look at it the same way and not get easily discouraged when it doesn’t come as easily to me.
    I also found a lot of inspiration in number 58. Just because you don’t enjoy something doesn’t mean you’re allowed to give up. Graphic design is not my strong point and when I’m not good at something I tend not to like it too much. This post was very motivational and makes me not want to live up to the common notion that because I’m not good at it, I’ll be more apt to give up. I’m always up for a challenge and I know this class will be a challenge for me, but I won’t give up and I will put my best effort forth and devote as much time as possible to improving my skills. Practice makes perfect; the more time I spend on things the better I will get and I hope that will show through in my work.

    I read your comment about making this a post instead of a comment but I did not see where I could create a post, I apologize and will figure it out for next time!

  5. My perspective on design has changed after reading this post. Not only has it helped ease my thoughts towards this class, but I feel like I will now have an easier time transitioning into this course. I am not familiar with many of the tools we will be using, so I found this blog to be very useful because I have a sense of what to expect from this course.

    I found tip number three, “Know when to walk away, to be quite helpful. Whenever you take a break from what your doing, whether it’s writing an essay or designing something online, you tend to come up with new ideas that help you improve your work. This way, you have a chance to refresh your thoughts and look at your piece from a different perspective. You have a chance of knowing your design is going in the right direction and there’s always room for improvement.

    I also found tip 19 and 25 to be rather interesting. I learned that every little design you see has to have a meaning and that nothing is just placed randomly. If you do so, it takes away from the actual purpose of this design.

    I never really thought of myself as a creative person but after reading through this blog, I can definitely see myself growing in this course.

    Henia Gringarten

  6. WOW… 99 lessons later and I still feel as though I will be lost once we start our projects. Although I know this class is going to be a lot of work and not easy for the most part, I am very excited to dive in and explore everything there is to know about graphic design.

    GRID GRID GRID. That’s one of the things that kept striking me while reading these lessons. I have no experience using the programs on the computer, but after hearing what other students had to say I know that if I’m organized and I plan out what I’m doing, my life will be a whole lot easier.

    We have only been to two GRA 217 classes and my perspective on everything has already been changing. I love it! I now look at color, size, style and position in a whole new way. More often than not people see the color blue as just the color blue. However, everything has a purpose in design and everyone has their own unique viewpoint. It is through graphic design that you can express yourself in whatever way you want. Although I am extremely nervous, I am up for the challenge and can’t wait to share what I have to offer.

    Erin Daetsch

  7. 59. Keep things organized
    This is something I do a lot and I was happy to find it on the list. You should have folders on your computer for EVERYTHING. It may sound tedious and unnecessary if you’re just starting out as a designer, but trust me, you’ll be thankful later on. Just a few examples: (have a folder for) Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Textures, Patterns, etc. Have a folder for each project you’re working on and within that folder have more folders to divide up .psd, .ai, images, sketches, and anything that you’re using. I have so many folders and I’m still not as organized as I’d like to be.
    It is a great feeling to ask yourself “Hmm, I wonder where I saved that poster I was working on a few months ago…I’d love to use it in my resume” and be able to find that file in seconds.

  8. Scroll in one direction.
    Scrolling is not something that I normally would think about when doing graphic design especially with all the new technology products like iPads and iPhones where the screen is perpetually switching from a horizontal to vertical screen layout. This could be confusing to the person using the website and in my design I would like to make the website that I design as simple as possible to use as to not confuse them.

    The scroll function is not something that I would’ve thought about when thinking about graphic design.

    Something else that stuck with me was that no project is small or easy and that every project you work on is most likely tedious and will take a lot of effort. I want to put as much effort into my design to create a specific design for myself and hopefully a signature style.

    Riali Austin

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