The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
Hans Hofmann

We’re getting out of “training” mode and into “doing” mode. Your projects now become MUCH more open-ended, and will be completely unique from your neighbor’s. Remember that this class is completely opposite of the standard classroom. In most classrooms you get points when you have the same “right” answer as everyone else. In this lab, your answers need to be as unique as you are! The “right” answer is to communicate something new to us about yourself, about your thoughts and feelings, about your values, about what you have to give that NOBODY else has… your unique perspective and style! You matter- so share your perspective… you exist because we need your input right here, right now in the world. Without YOUR style and YOUR input, the world will be less than it can be.  Make sure your design speaks like Matt’s Image above…

Comm Tech 1 students should be on Project 1.07 now… You get to speak to the world- 8.5×11 inches of hope and beauty… What are you going to say? Think about your Character Trait or Charity from the first week… create a poster that speaks your unique voice into the world, and do it with beauty and style! You have it in you… you’ve learned the tools and rules to make it happen- so get to it!  I can’t wait to be inspired and challenged by your art. Commit to excellence!

Please take a look at the STARTING POINT. These examples are creative inspiration for you guys- Look at these before thinking about your poster- and MAKE YOURS THIS GOOD OR BETTER!!!!

9/27 UPDATE– I’ve been thinking a lot about design, (especially after seeing the first year entries for 105&106), and I’m realizing that I don’t really know how to teach it better… So here’s my quick rundown of the best tips for beginning (and experienced) designers:

  • Know the principles and elements.
  • Use the Synectic triggers to come up with creative ideas. 
  • Review the 13 rules and the percy principles– These are probably the best “shortcuts” to understanding good design.
  • Use the Design Process!! This includes:
  • RESEARCHING to see how others have solved the same/similar problems (look at good examples from other artists (also here, here, and here )
  • PUT YOUR BRAIN IN GEAR BEFORE ENGAGING MOUSE– Brainstorm. Sketch your ideas down.
  • PLAN YOUR WORK AND WORK YOUR PLAN. Don’t just “throw pixels” and hope for something cool. Get a creative idea and make it happen.
  • CHECK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU WRECK YOURSELF– Look at your work when it’s done- does it meet the specifications? Does it clearly communicate your message? Ask opinions of others.
  • Watch out for Zombies. They try to eat your brains.