Friday, December 21, 2007

Test Review Design Challenge

Chapter 1:
  • Name two of the following Design Components and where we can see it (emphasis, balance, flow, contrast, alignment, repetition).
  • What page format have you used and why?
Chapter 2/Emphasis:
  • What is the Visual Hierarchy in your design?
  • Is your design formal or casual? How will this appeal to your target market?
Chapter 3/Contrast:
  • Name two of the following types of contrast & where we can see it in your design. (texture, color, size, weight, type)
Chapter 4/Balance:
  • What type of balance (symmetrical, asymmetrical, radial) does your design have? Why?
  • What has the most visual weight in your design and why?
Chapter 5/Alignment:
  • What type(s) of alignment (left, right, centered, justified, concrete) have you used/why?
Chapter 6/Repetition:
  • Name two types of repetition you have used and where it can be seen. (proximity, closure, continuation, similarity, figure/ground relationship)
Chapter 7/Flow:
  • Name three types of flow suggestions listed on pages 151-152 that can be seen in your design. Why'd you set it up that way?
Chapter 8/Images:
  • What types of image did you use and why? (illustrations, cropping, flopping, filtering, clip art, photos)
Chapter 9/Color:
  • Work in RGB. Save doc. Flatten, Convert to CMYK, save as a JPEG and Print.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Xtreem Opportunity!

Organization called STEM
Science Technology Engineering Mathematics

geared toward interesting elementary school to junior high kids in the areas of STEM.
regional and potentially National group looking for a LOGO design to be used for everything!

ideas on the logo contest--
dinosaur bones-plants-twigs-NASA patch crest emblems-study areas to be displayed as a logo or combined graphic-
BEST DESIGN judged will receive $100 cash or $200 tuition funds!
deadline Dec 20 to submit on campus ideas to Paul Howlett or electronic submissions to paul by Dec 21st 5pm. emailed to as jpgs.

LOGO can be multiple colors but should be thought carefully about reproducibility and usage.

Monday, December 17, 2007

How To Do Your Envelope

1. Take the graphics you want for your envelope and convert it into a JPEG or TIFF.
2. Don't worry about the text. You're going to retype it in Illustrator.

3. Open the document in the ID SYSTEM folder in the Art Technology folder in the Shared part of the server. (Student on STEP Novell G://>Shared>Art Technology>ID SYSTEM>

4. Save the document as yourname_envelope in your Novell folder.

5. You should be in Illustrator now. Turn off the text layer that tells you how to use the template.

6. Start a new layer. Import your image by using File>Place. Drag graphic to desired location.

7. Start another layer. Create a text box and retype your name and mailing address.

8. Save your file. You should have done this a few times before now.

9. Go to File>Print. Select "Envelope #10" in the Media window of the Print Menu.

10. (In Theory) Print & Enjoy! I have tried it and it worked well.

11. If #10 doesn't work, Troubleshoot & repeat! Welcome to the world of project printing.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Business Card Layout Steps

1. Flatten your final card.
2. Convert from RGB to CMYK. (Image>Mode>CMYK)
3. Save as yourfile_flat. OK as PSD for now.
4. Open a new document, Letter size preset, CMYK color mode.
5. Make sure the resolution on your card and the layout doc match.
6. Set guides at the following:
10 up-Verticals: .5, 4, 4.25, 4.5, 8
Horizontals: .5, 2.5, 4.5, 6.5, 8.5, 10.5

7. Drag your flattened card into the big doc. Duplicate 9 times. Keyboard Shortcut=ctrl+J
8. Place in your guide areas.
9. See me about printing.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Friday, 12/7/07

Hey All:

Your Priorities Are as Follows:

1. Finish the Identity System Client Check. (Blue Sheet)
Staple Ch4 worksheet to it and turn in to box at left of LCD projector.

2. Do readings for chapters 5 + 6 in Design Basics: Layout and Typography for Beginners.

Chapter 5: You only need to do one of the two exercises following the Mini Quiz. Choose between the two listed.

Chapter 6: You only need to do one of the two exercises following the Mini Quiz. Choose between the two listed.

3. Fill out the Anoka Tech Step Week Survey.

4. Resume work on your Identity System.


Monday, December 3, 2007

Identity System: Business Card Comps

Business Card Comps:

Take the 16 documents that are your business card thumbnails.

Group the layers of each document into folders.

Drag the folders into a new document (3.5x2.0@150-250dpi)

Create at least 8 layer comps (window>layer comps) from your materials.

Should be able to see at least 4 color/texture changes and at least 3 font changes.

Identity System: Business Card Thumbnails

You recently began working on a VISUAL IDENTITY for yourself, consisting of the following:

  • Business Card
  • Envelope
  • Letterhead

The Business Card serves as the cornerstone for your project, because that is what is distributed most often in the professional world.

You should have 16 thumbnails for your Business Card that include this information:

  • First and Last Name
  • Professional Title (Design Student, Travel Agent, etc)
  • Phone # w/area code (Use STEP if you like: 763-433-4000)
  • Email Address (PROFESSIONAL! flowerheartpony89763@yahoo=not good! you want! Set one up if necessary.)
  • Graphic Symbol. (The mascot of your visual identity. Must relate to your Concept Board. Use autoshapes, scan your own drawings, collage images, etc. Must make it your own for it to count. Direct ripping of an image is not acceptable.
  • Mailing Address (Use STEP if you like)

Your Name
c/o STEP
1353 W Hwy 10
Anoka, MN 55303

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

To Do Today

  • Begin working on your 10 Roughs for the Animal Symbol assignment. Please refer to the green handout with directions. Follow the size template on the board. Drawing supplies and paper are on the table with the projectors on it.
  • If you were gone yesterday, you missed a major step for the project. Get the Client Meeting packet and work in pairs to complete the assignment. Get directions from your classmates. Refer to the PM clients list on the cabinet.
  • If you are not finished with your thumbnails, that is homework for the night. It is strongly suggested that you take the Roughs home tonight as well, especially if you are slow at drawing.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Animal Symbol Development Process

The Animal Symbol Project is our first in-class exercise in working to suit client desires.

After each key step in the process, we will simulate the client experience by altering our assignment around peer feedback. Here are the key steps:

  • 20 Thumbnails: Preliminary Composition Ideas. No serious development other than what is in the composition and what shape it is. Outlines!
  • 10 Roughs: After meeting w/your 'client', you will condense your 20 Thumbnails into 10 Roughs. The roughs are further refined, but not all the way. Presenting some "Rough Drafts", showing +/- space in your forms, line weight, etc, still using manual art materials.
  • 5 Comps: You will then turn your 10 Roughs into 5 Comps--These further refine your roughs into 5 solid, for real ideas, laid out in the computer. After presenting these to your client, you will tweak and adjust your comps into:
  • One Amazing, Glorious Final Design. Printed in Black/White and Color!
This is where deadlines kick on! If you are not ready for client meetings, be ready for point reductions.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Hey! This is Important!

Make sure you are on track to finish all Q1 assignments!

Arrange time to finish if you are not! STEP is open all day Friday. Take advantage!

If you are going to the volleyball game on Thursday, you must make up the final by 2:30 PM on Monday! This means you'll probably have to come in Friday!

Have a nice day.

Monday, November 5, 2007

The Final Countdown!!!

The Following Assignments Will Be Part Of Your Quarter 1 Grade But Are Not Yet In The Gradebook! See The Notes And Make Sure You Are On The Up and Up! Take Time to Speak With Me If You Have Any Questions or Concerns Regarding Your Grade!

  • Black Square Problem (Did You Do Your Writing Assignment?)
  • +/- Space Problem (Did You Do Your Writing Assignment?)
  • Pen Tutorial (We Will Finish on Tuesday)
  • Pumpkin Composition (Vector Masks, Custom Brushes, Adjustment Layers)
  • Group Gridding Project
  • Individual Gridding Project
  • Animal Symbol Thumbnail Packet (See me if you are not taking Quarter 2)
Complete any other missing assignments you may have! Remember that to earn the college credits you must have a grade of B or higher both quarters of the class!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Daily "E"Genda--10/26/07

Your Priorities Are As Follows:

First Priority is to finish the Positive and Negative Space Problem, mount the designs and do the writing. You must include at least three Design Components in each response.
(Refer students to cheat sheet on class website)

You should then finish their Group Gridding project, including the discussion questions. When finished, paper clip your group's worksheets and transparencies together and hand them in on the corner of my desk.

You should then begin the Individual Gridding Project. (Get the worksheet from Mr. Dorn.) Look at the last entry for links to good websites for searching logos. If you finish, turn in on the corner of my desk as well.

See ya Tuesday!
Have a Great Weekend!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

HoTT LinkKz--Gridding Project

Here are some great websites to search logos for your Gridding Project:
(Or do some searching of your own--logo archive, logo library, etc)

Design Components Cheat Sheet

Everything You Want to Include in Your Writing Assignments!
Make sure to mention at least one topic from the Pink Sheet or Elements & Principles Slide Show and at least two Elements and Principles of Design in each of your write-up questions for the Positive and Negative Space Assignment! (2 questions for 2 pictures = a total of 4 paragraphs!!!!)
Design Components Include:
  • Stuff From The Pink Sheet! (Frame Reference, Overlapping & Cropping of Forms, Touching of Forms, Creating an Illusion of Space, Contrast of Elements in Terms of Size/Direction/Space/Position, and the Interaction of Positive and Negative Space.
  • The Elements and Principles Slide Show! Refer to your notes for these items.
  • The Elements of Design! (Line, Shape, Form, Color, Texture, Value, Space)
  • The Principles of Design! (Balance, Contrast, Rhythm, Pattern, Unity/Variety, Scale, Emphasis)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Daily E Genda--10/23/07

Wrap Up Loose Ends!

  • Make sure to check your grades on A-H Connect--I should have the gradebook completely up to date by Friday.
  • If you are missing any large assignments--TURN THEM IN ASAP! You are losing credit for each day they are late.
  • I should have the tutorials photocopied before class begins on Thursday. Be sure to make these up if you have missed one.
  • Please see me if you have any questions or concerns!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Friday 10/12

Things to do for the sub:

  • Finish mounting your Black Square Problems. All are to be finished and mounted for a critique on Monday. Boards should measure 14.5x14.5 inches. Designs should be 5x5@150dpi.
  • Double-check your write-ups to see if there is a concept from your pink sheet (cropping, frame of reference, overlapping +/- space, etc.) and a concept from the Elements & Principles Slideshow. Type and mount your write-up for each concept on the back of your design board. (Like in the 5x5 Designs) Write-up sheets available if needed.
  • When finished, work on the "I am" or "Bullying" posters. Set your document to "Tabloid" preset size in Photoshop.
  • You other option is to go on or another tutorial site, and teach yourself something fabulous. Then print a copy of your finished result, and write a paragraph that sums up the steps of the tutorial and its website.

Everybody should be doing something, no one should be doing nothing :)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Think U Better Call Tyrone...

...The Coolest Rooster Ever!

Tyrone is the best because he showed us the different navigational features in Photoshop.
Think he was great?
Wait until you meet Tammy the Tile tomorrow!
She's going to show us some pixel manipulation tricks!

Other things you need to keep in mind for tomorrow:
  • Tammy the Tile is a longer tutorial.
  • After Tammy, most people will be mounting their Black Square Problem.
  • If you are not ready to mount, the Black Squares should be done (unmounted) by the end of class tomorrow (Thursday 10/11) That is the DEADLINE--Get familiar with meeting it on time!
  • You will need to put in time before or after class to stay on track if you don't finish by the end of class tomorrow. We are moving on to the Positive/Negative Space problem Friday.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Daily "E"Genda--10/9/07

Old Dogs and New Tricks!

Throughout this next unit, we will also be completing Photoshop tutorials.
This is going to be solid review for some of you, for others it will build a solid foundation of skills.
Partner up with a rookie if you are a pro--it is always amazing to see something familiar through fresh eyes.
No matter what your skill level, look to this as an opportunity to create good habits and best practices...

...Speaking of best practices, NETWORKING with industry peers is one of them.
Hope to see you tomorrow night at the Photoshop Users Group, meeting at MCAD.
Carpool with classmates if you can't get a ride.
The meeting is going to center around the use of Smart Objects and Smart Filters, which can streamline your workflow and make your life as a designer much more efficient!

Our other big goal at the moment is working on the BLACK SQUARE PROBLEM...Digging deeper into the realm of abstraction, trying to communicate the words BOLD, CONGESTED, INCREASE and PLAYFUL through the arrangement of no more and no less than FOUR BLACK SQUARES. To get your thumbnails approved, you must have a write-up sheet completed that discusses why each design you wish to execute is an effective graphic image of the word, through referencing each of the following:
  • At least one of the design terms on the directions sheet (Frame Reference, Overlapping and Cropping of Forms, Touching of Forms, Creating an Illusion of Space, Contrast of Elements in Terms of Size, Direction, Space and Position, and Positive and Negative Space Relationships)
  • At least one concept from the Elements and Principles/Composition Slide Show.

(You must do this writing even if your thumbnails were approved yesterday.)

Friday, October 5, 2007

All Good Things Come to an End!

And All Ends Create New Beginnings!

Congratulations to everyone on a highly successful batch of 5x5 Creative Designs and an OUTSTANDING job on the critique! Now that we are working in the realm of SYMBOL and ABSTRACTION, within ASSIGNED PARAMETERS, I am looking forward to taking you to the next level.

Hold on to your hats as we launch into the next unit on Monday:
Communicating a Message Through the Elements and Principles of Design

As our first unit culminated with the 5x5 Designs, the next will finish in the creation of a logo...We will learn about things like gridding and cropping (which make designs interesting and eye catching!)

Have a Great Weekend!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Deadline is Here!!!

All 5x5 Designs Due at the End of Class Today!
(Wednesday, October 3)

Make sure to follow the directions for mounting.
(One Pair and One Trio)

Complete one write-up for each design.
This makes for a total of FIVE write-ups, since you created FIVE designs! (Coincidence? I think not.)

Another Extra Credit Opportunity:
TIME: 3:00-7:30 (DINNER BREAK FROM 5:00-5:30)

Monday, October 1, 2007

All Done w/Your 5x5 Designs?

One of my catch phrases is "Everybody should be doing something, nobody should be doing nothing." If you have finished your 5 X 5 Creative designs, do the assignments listed below.
Extra Credit Opportunities:
  • Print an art image from and write a paragraph that describes at leas three ways the artist has used information from the Elements and Principles/Composition Slide Show in their work.
  • Log on to, complete a tutorial of your choice and write a paragraph that describes the following:

a) what tutorial you completed and its web address (copy & paste into your paragraph)

b) why you chose that tutorial,

c) the steps involved in completing the tutorial,

d) the easiest part of the tutorial,

e)the hardest part of the tutorial,

f)an important technique you learned from the tutorial,

g)how you would use the information in the future.

Achieve Your Goals!

A friendly reminder:
Make sure you are meeting your deadlines! Assignments are marked down 1/2 a letter grade for each day they are late! If you are not in the habit of taking this seriously, change your work pattern!

Many of you did not have all your assignments ready at the checkpoint today.
It is your responsibility to make sure things are completed on time. Refer to the last post if you are not sure what is in. Check your grades on A-H Connect or get a printout from me if you need one.

All five of your 5x5 creative designs are due at the end of class on Wednesday, October 3.
Be Ready! This assignment is worth 150 Points!
To recap, the five designs are:
  • Life and Death
  • Type Design
  • Sound Design
  • Independent Design 1
  • Independent Design 2

You can always make arrangements to come in before or after class if you are behind and need to get caught up. Another option is to check out supplies and work at home. Bottom line, you need to do what you need to do to meet deadlines!

Friday, September 28, 2007

For The Weekend

I am collecting the following on Monday:
  • Type Design
  • Sound Design
  • Media Exploration Assignment
  • Thumbnails for Your 2 Original 5x5 Designs
  • 8 Symbols/Abstractions
  • 7 Synonym/Antonym Sheet
  • Any Stray Inspiration Files

Be Ready! You will fall behind if you are not!

See me if you need to make other arrangements!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Do Thursday, For Friday

This is what you need to do on Thursday to have a happy & successful Friday!
  • Get your Midterm Grade Sheet signed by a parent or guardian!
  • Study Chapters 1, 2, & 3 plus the Elements & Principles/Composition Slideshow notes!

We will have a little review time before the test tomorrow, then do the exam. After that we will have a break and work time for the two 5 x 5 Designs you develop on your own.

If you do not use one of the concepts from the Synonyms & Antonyms Drawing Exercise (done in class on Wednesday...8 Symbols/Abstractions), you must generate at least FOUR Synonyms and Antonyms for your concept while working on the thumbnails. This helps you think of ways to illustrate your concept...All designers do it all the time!

Make sure you are finishing your Type and Sound Designs, along with your Media Exploration assignment at home. They need to be ready to turn in BEFORE class on Monday. This means you have the weekend to finish up if necessary. (I'm so nice!)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Daily "E"Genda--9/25/07


  • Today was the last in-class work day on the Type Design, Sound Design and Media Exploration Assignment . Work on them at home if you need to finish. You can check out art supplies if necessary. Another possibility is working before or after class in the room. Arrangements must be made ahead of time...Just ask and we will work something out!

  • The Type Design, Sound Design and Media Exploration Assignment will be considered late if not shown to me by the beginning of class on Monday, October 1. You have the rest of this school week and the weekend to finish if you need it.

  • There will be a test on Chapters 1, 2, & 3 and the Elements and Principles Slide Show on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28! We will do the Chapter 3 Worksheet in class tomorrow. You can study the other materials now & I highly recommend it!

  • Make sure you clearly mark the items required from outside sources in your Inspiration Files. Otherwise, I might not be able to tell where they came from. Check the rubric to see if you have met all the assignment criteria. There is a required minimum score of 28 out of 40 points. If your file is below 28 Points, you need to redo it until you exceed the minimum.



Friday, September 21, 2007

Daily "E"Genda--9/21/07

Day of X-Treem Fun!

Today we learned a bit about COMPOSITION and how your work can be arranged to evoke EMOTION in the viewer. We PROJECT ourselves into whatever we look at...Sooo narcissistic! (That means we think everything is about or for us!)

Make sure to get the Composition notes if you were gone--You'll need them for the test. (Tentatively scheduled on Friday 9/28)

After the notes, we started on a MEDIA EXPLORATION ASSIGNMENT--
Get the sheet if you were gone.

Your INSPIRATION FILE is due Monday 9/24. Get items from outside, the museum,
Ax-Man and the Art Technology room if you don't have 'em. You will be presenting your Top Five items to the class and saying why they inspire you.

Start thinking about what concepts you are going to illustrate for for the two Creative Designs you think of on your own. (I assign 3 + You develop 2 = Five 5x5 Creative Designs!)

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Daily "E"Genda 9/19/07

Work Day
Most people have finished their Life and Death design and are near finished with their Type designs. That means it's time for the Sound design. MAKE SURE YOU ARE WORKING WITH THE ASSIGNED FONTS ON THE TYPE DESIGN (clarendon or bodoni) AND THE FOUR ASSIGNED SOUNDS (car crash, clock, father/daughter conversation, or the tuba/flute conversation.)

Remember, you don't HAVE to do these on the computer. They can be drawn.
To do the Text design manually, print and collage the fonts.

Make sure that if you are behind (are not close to finishing your Type design and/or working on your Sound design) you are working at home or making time before or after class to catch up.


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Look At This!


There is a PHOTOSHOP USERS GROUP meeting on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10 from 7-9pm at Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), Auditorium 150.

This is a great way to meet other PS users and learn heaps of different ways to use the program!

Go to their website
(Also under HoTT LinkZ)
to sign up!

Be There or Be Square!

Daily "E"Genda--9/18/07

Work Session!

Make sure you finish your Life and Death design, and begin your sketches for the Type design and the Sound design. (Must show 9 thumbnails of each to start.)

A Note About Thumbnails:
This generally doesn't mean 9 seperate ideas. That's not what I expect. Try to have 2 or 3 really good ideas that you interpret in 2 or 3 different ways. The point of sketching is to DEVELOP ideas, which usually takes at least a few tries. :)

We will do a media exploration day Wednesday or Thursday. Wear your grubbies and be ready to roll up your sleeves for some good, messy fun!

Clarendon Font

Some of you may not have the Clarendon font in Microsoft Word on your computer. (Nobody has it in Photoshop)

Two Options:
1. If you have it in Word, type it out and copy/paste into Photoshop.
2. If not, grab the PDF of the file in the Art Technology folder in the Shared portion of the Student on STEP Novell (G:\\) Drive.

A Map For You:
My Computer>Student on Step_Novell (G:\\)>Shared>Art Technology>5x5Designs>Clarendon.PDF


Monday, September 17, 2007

5x5 Samples

5x5 Creative Design Samples

Daily "E"Genda--9/17/07

5x5 Creative Designs: Assigned Concepts
You have three given concepts for the 5x5 Creative Designs assignment.
(More on the two you come up wih on your own later)
Your choice of Photoshop or Art Materials!
Must show 9 thumbnails to begin!

Concept 1: Life and Death
Part one (the left panel) must accurately represent any industrial object, animal, mineral or vegetable; part two (the right panel) must show its destruction or transformation.
You must create a brainstorm list of 15 life/death concepts and draw 9 thumbnails, then have your design approved before beginning your final piece.

Concept 2: Type Design
Use the font CLARENDON or BODONI to create a design that illustrates one of the four following themes:

* SCALE (Through size contrast)
(Use positive and Negative space to create interesting shapes w/ the font)
(Use the letters to make a zesty pattern)
(Visually communicate the word playful through use of color and the letters.)

Concept 3: Sound
Make a 5x5 design that illustrates one of the following sounds:
*Conversation Between an OVERBEARING FATHER and a Shy Daughter
*Conversation between a TUBA and a Flute

Friday, September 14, 2007

Daily "E"Genda--9/14/07

Work Day
Today we worked on our Life or Death Creative Design.

Some tips to consider:
* If you are working on a simpler concept (or want a higher challenge) you can work on this assignment in Photoshop. Simply go into "My Computer", select the "Student on STEP Novell (G://) drive, select the "Shared" folder, then open the "Art Technology" folder. From there, open the "5x5Designs" folder and select the "Trucks" file. You can open this in Photoshop and BAM! There you go!

(My Computer > Student on STEP Novell (G://) > Shared > Art Technology > 5x5 Designs > Trucks)

*If you are worried about your drawing skills, search the Internet for images and trace them using the light boxes in the room. Also consider collaging from the stock catalogs and experimenting with the unusual materials in the room.

Next Week
*Turn in your Parent Letter and Art $$ ASAP
*Finish 5x5 Creative Designs (Type, Sound and 2 Free Choice)
*Media Exploration Assignment
*More reading n writing.

Have a Great Weekend! (I'm Gonna!)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Daily "E"Genda--9/13/07

Today we began thinking about our next assignment by reading chapters 1 & 2 from Design Companion for the Digital Artist (Against the Clock Publications). Chapter 1 focuses on ways to DEVELOP your creativity, whereas Chapter 2 focuses on how to MAINTAIN it.

The main points of each chapter are summarized in two Big 5's:

Big 5 Forces that DRIVE Creativity:

Big 5 Forces that BLOCK Creativity:
Thinking "I'm not a creative person"

After reading the chapters, two assignments were introduced:
*Inspiration File: A collection of AT LEAST 50 items that serve as fuel for your creative fire.
(Due Monday 9/24)

*Five 5x5 Creative Designs:
We will be using these to begin working within idea constraints and illustrate concepts.
The first of these will be to illustrate LIFE & DEATH. (Due Monday 9/17)
You may use the art material of your choice to execute all five designs. (Other 4 due later)

Make sure to call 763-433-4035 or email if you have questions about the assignments or need a copy of the materials.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Daily "E'Genda--9/10-9/12

Ok, so it's not technically daily since it covers three this time...Semantics!

We spent the last three sessions finishing and critiquing our Personality Collages and Name Designs.

For our Personality Collages, we placed cards with phrases like "Most Pleasing to Look At" or "I like the way the artist did________" next to them. Critiquers wrote their names on the backs of the cards. When sharing their collages, everyone had to say at least one way it described their personality and share a card someone left with the class. The person who wrote the comment was the next to go...Sneaky way of getting each other to learn names!

Students also worked in pairs to develop a Positive and a Delta comment for each Name Design. Deltas should never be phrased or interpreted negatively. Think of it as "open ended feedback"...Something to think about doing differently next time. Then everyone had to pick one Positive and one Delta to share with the class when presenting their Name Design and 3 Tools/1 Filter paragraph on the projector screen.

I will collect the Personality Collages, Name Designs and writing assignments tomorrow.
Make arrangements to be here before or after class if you need to catch up.

Start collecting items for your Inspiration File (To be introduced tomorrow)...Hence the name, this is a group of things that will serve to inspire you as a graphic designer.

We will also start thinking more in-depth about the Elements and Principles of Design. I will lecture on them and we will begin a Media Exploration Assignment that will assess our understanding of them. For those of you feeling a little computered out, you will be relieved to know we are using all kinds of art materials for this! :)

Friday, September 7, 2007

Daily "E"genda--9/7/07

What Did We Do Today?
I am hoping this section will soon change to What Are We Doing Today? That way, you can check the blog any time during class and have a checklist. Until then, this is what happened:

*AM Class: Rules Charades, Computer Failure, Photoshop Demo, Work Time for Name Designs and Personality Collages.

*PM Class: Share your Personality Collages, Photoshop Demo, Work Time for Name Designs and Personality Collages.

*If you are having log in problems, let me know.
*Parent Letter due ASAP
*Art Fee Due Friday 9/14

What Are We Doing Monday?
*Work time to finish Name Designs, Personality Collages, and Writing Assignments.
*Extra Credit Assignment: Understanding Comics, Chapter 5
*Present Name Designs

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Daily "E"genda--9/6/07

Hey All:

Make sure that you fill out the form for a parking pass if you drive here.
See Kim Jones in the Health Office. It's at no cost to you!
Keep that ride in Lot B...Or there will "B" expensive consequences.

*Get your folks to sign that Student/Parent agreement. Due Tomorrow!
*Art fee due Friday 9/14. Let me know if there is a question/concern over the fee.

What Did We Do Today?
*Added another flavor to the Paperwork Rainbow
(STEP 07-08 Rules, Internet Policy, Student Rights & Responsibilities, Barsch Scale Study Tips)
*Started Portfolio Assignment:
Personality Collage: Bring in Photos, etc to finish it off!
Name Design: In Photoshop...Should be fun!

(There have been some computer problems in the lab...We may have to roll into what is planned for next week if the issue persists.)

What's On Next Week?
*Introductory Readings, Inspiration File, Creative Designs

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Daily "E"genda 9/5/07

Today we did the following activities:

Barsch Learning Style Inventory:
Are You a Auditory, Visual, Kinesthetic, Tactile or Combo?
Specific study strategies for each category coming tomorrow!

Building Tour:
Giving you the lowdown on what's what here at STEP.
(Health & Career Center, School Store, Attendance Desk, ATC Courtyard and Student Center)

What In The World Is Graphic Design? Website Worksheet:
My apologies to the AM class, we discovered in the PM class that the questions were TOTALLY out of order from the website format! Still good things to know, but will be laid out better for future students.

We will be starting our first art activities--Name Design (in Photoshop) and Personality Collage (using art materials) for your Portfolio. Be sure to bring in a pictures of yourself and friends/family/things near + dear to you! All materials welcome!
Don't forget to do your writing assignments (Worth 20% of your grade)

P.S. Parent/Student Agreement Form Due Friday 9/7--Art Fee Due Friday 9/14!

Friday, August 31, 2007

Daily "E"-genda 9/4/07

Welcome to STEP, Your High School In a College Setting!

First Good Thing To Know:
If you are ever absent or tardy, log on to to catch what you missed. "E"gendas will be posted daily.

Today we are doing the following class activities:
  • Intro Questionnaire
  • Introduce Your Neighbor
  • People Hunt
  • Review Syllabus (your list of assignments for the semester), Classroom Rules, STEP Rules and STEP Internet Policy
  • What In The World Is Graphic Design? Website Worksheet
  • Barsch Learning Style Inventory

I'm excited to learn more about all of you as we spend the semester together!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Welcome to Art Technology!

Hi Everybody!

Here you are at Art Technology Headquarters. Descriptions and directions for all assignments we work on will be posted here. Anytime you need to check what is going on in class (for example, when you are absent, forgot what the homework is, etc.) just log on to and you'll have all the info.

Nifty, eh?