Graphic Design 1 & MGD 102 Projects

Monday 5/6

Spring Final: Custom Poster

Objective

For this project, you will be using all of your design knowledge and Illustrator skills to create a custom poster of your choice. You should be focused on applying new skills or tools to this project. This will push our Invention competency by making a more creative design and it will allow you to be successful in your Skills/Tools competency as well. 

 

Project Steps

  1. Create a 11x17” AI file. It can be 17” wide or tall. It is up to your design.

  2. Place your sketch image into your AI doc - File>Place. Check that the image is embedded. 

  3. Sketches and reference photos are kept on their own layer so Mr. Wiant can see the original ideas compared to your final design. It is best to lock this layer.

  4. Consider how you are using your design concepts (balance, white space, flow, hierarchy, & color theory). 

 

Design Requirements

- New skills or tools were used

- Use tutorials to help grow skills, but do not just follow a tutorial to create the entire project. 

 

Turn-In Directions

1. Save your AI file as “lastName_Poster”.

2. Save your file as a JPG by going to File>Export>Export As and select Use Artboards. Then use the settings below: 

Color Model: RGB

Quality: 10

Resolution: 300

3. Upload both the JPG and the AI file into your Poster folder.

 

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Spring Final: Custom Poster and save it into your Poster folder. 

Thursday 4/28

Mosaic - Extra Credit

Objective

You will be creating your own mosaic style Illustrator design. Your design needs to use words and shapes to complete the design. 

 

Design Steps

  1. Create an AI file that is 17x11” or 11x17”.

  2. Place your sketch image into your AI doc and embed it- File>Place. Check that the image is embedded. You will lose points if you don’t do this. 

  3. Sketches and reference photos are kept on their own layer so Mr. Wiant can see the original ideas compared to your final design. It is best to lock this layer and name it.

  4. Create your shapes using whatever tools you feel are the most appropriate for your design. Use your sketch as a reference when laying out your design. 

 

Design Requirements

1. Words are included

2. Colors schemes are considered and used in your design

 

Turn-In Directions

1. Save your files as an ai file and titled “lastName_Mosaic”. 

2. Save your files as JPG by going to File>Export>Export As and select Use Artboards. Then use the settings below: 

Color Model: RGB

Quality: 10

Resolution: 300

3. Upload both the JPG and the AI file into your Mosaic folder.

 

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Mosaic and save it into your Mosaic folder. 

Monday 4/11

Personal Flag

Objective

You will be creating a vector flag that represents who you are. Consider what is important to you, your culture, your family and whatever graphical elements that could represent you. Remember that you are creating all the images used with your flag.

 

Design Steps

  1. Create an AI file that is 17x11”. 

  2. Place your sketch image into your AI doc and embed it- File>Place. Check that the image is embedded. You will lose points if you don’t do this. 

  3. Sketches and reference photos are kept on their own layer so Mr. Wiant can see the original ideas compared to your final design. It is best to lock this layer and name it.

  4. Create the outline of your flag. Don’t just create a design on your blank page. Is your flag a rectangle design or some other sort of shape?

  5. Begin to use your Illustrator knowledge and find new skills to create your design. 

 

Design Requirements

1. The shape of your flag is created.

2. Colors are considered and you can explain why you selected the color scheme for your personal flag.

3. Layers are created and are named correctly.

4. Flags need to have at least 5 elements incorporated in them.

5. At least a three sentence description needs to be added under your design to explain how the flag represents you. Use spell check. 

 

Turn-In Directions

1. Save your files as an ai file and titled “lastName_flag”. 

2. Save your files as JPG by going to File>Export>Export As and select Use Artboards. Then use the settings below: 

Color Model: RGB

Quality: 10

Resolution: 300

3. Upload both the JPG and the AI file into your Flag folder.

 

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Personal Flag and save it into your Flag folder. 

Monday 3/8

Robot Character

Objective

You will use the skills you learned from the tutorials to create a robot character design. It is key that you show your knowledge of tools like the pathfinder tool, fill/stroke, creating shapes and using color theory. Remember that these robots are just a combination of a series of shapes put together to create a character. Also, a robot doesn’t need to look like your standard “robot”. Maybe a robot has hair or maybe it is an animal?

 

Design Steps

1. Create an AI file that is 8.5’’x11’’.

2. Place your sketch image into your AI doc - File>Place. Check that the image is embedded. 

3. Sketches and reference photos are kept on their own layer so Mr. Wiant can see the original ideas compared to your final design. It is best to lock this layer.

4. Create your robot by using your knowledge of colors to create emotions.

 

Design Requirements

1. At least 5 different elements are used. For example, you could have a body, legs, eyes, mouth and teeth. 

2. Pathfinder tool is used where appropriate. 

3. Layers are created and are named correctly.

4. Background is created

 

Design Help

You can use the links below if you need additional help with your robots. Do not use a tutorial online though. You need to create your robot from your own imagination so you can score highly in the Invention competency.  

 

Examples 1

Examples 2

Examples 3

 

Turn-In Directions

1. Save your files as an ai file and titled “lastName_Robot”. 

2. Save your files as JPG by going to File>Export>Export As and select Use Artboards. Then use the settings below: 

Color Model: RGB

Quality: 10

Resolution: 300

3. Upload both the JPG and the AI file into your Robot folder.

 

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Robot Character and save it into your Robot folder. 

Thursday 2/10-Friday 2/11

App Icons

Objective

To create a series of 4 icons that are original and have the same theme. Consider how you will use consistent colors, strokes, etc. Maybe these are icons to represent sports? Maybe icons that you find on a map at a zoo? Use your creativity to think outside of the box. Arrange these icons neatly and professionally on your page.

 

Project Steps

1. Create a 8.5x11” AI file. 

2. Have your sketches out to help you create your designs. 

3. Use appropriate tools and colors while designing 

 

Project Tips

 

Turn In Directions

Save a JPG and AI file saved as “lastName_AppIcons”. Use the settings below for your JPG. 

- Select Use Artboards

- Color Mode: RGB

- Quality: 10

- Resolution: 300

 

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - App Icons and save it into your App Icons Folder folder. 

Monday 1/31

Color Pattern

Objective

You will be using your knowledge of color schemes and Illustrator tools to create a repeating pattern. These patterns need to show a high degree of creativity and attention to detail. 

 

Step 1: Color Scheme Exercise & Quiz

Work through the slides and the quiz. This should take you 30-40mins to complete and will be graded. Do not forget to complete the quiz. Name the exercise file as “lastName_ColorExercise” and turn the AI file into your Color Patterns folder.

Color Scheme Slides

Color Scheme AI File

 

Step 2: Color Pattern

You will be creating a pattern by using your knowledge of color to create your design. Expand your creativity and knowledge past what you learned in the tutorial. How can you use a combination of shapes to create something unique? 

Project Steps

1. Create a 8.5x11 inch AI file. 

2. Decide on a color scheme by looking at your Color Scheme Exercise. 

3. Use creative repeating shapes and take your time to align your shapes perfectly. 

4. You need to zoom in to ensure your elements are all properly aligned. Attention to details is critical on this design.

 

Project Requirements

- You need to use either primary, secondary, monochromatic, complementary, triadic, warm or cool color scheme. 

- Use the color wheel, that is on the Resources page, to help you select the color scheme you will be using on this project.

- White can not be used.

- Black can only be used if it is part of our color scheme. 

 

Turn-In Directions

1. Save your Illustrator file as “lastName_colorPattern.ai”. 

2. Export your file as a JPG by going to File>Export>Export As and changing the format to JPG. 

3. Make sure to check the Use Artboards box on the bottom left. If you don’t, you will not have a nice rectangle design and you will lose points.

4. Save your JPG file using the settings below:

Color Model: CMYK

Quality: 10

Resolution: 300

4. Place both the JPG and the Illustrator files into a folder titled “Color Pattern”.

 

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Color Pattern and save it into your Color Pattern folder. 

Tuesday 1/18-Wednesday 1/19

Color Wheel

Objective

You will create your own wheels using the new Illustrator skills and tools you have learned. Think about the different designs and styles of “wheels” you can create besides a circle like you did in the tutorial. This will allow you to push your creativity and Invention competency. This project will allow you to learn more about the tools in Illustrator and how to use the color wheel. 

 

Color Wheel Directions 

 

Turn-In Directions

1. Create a new folder in your Final and title it “Color Wheel”

2. Save your Illustrator file as “lastName_colorWheel.ai”. 

3. Export your file as a JPG by going to File>Export>Export As and changing the format to JPG. Make sure to check the Use Artboards box on the bottom left. If you don’t, you will not have a nice rectangle design and you will lose points.

4. On the next screen save your JPG file using the settings below:

Color Model: RGB

Quality: 10

Resolution: 300

5. Place both the JPG and the Illustrator files into a folder titled “Color Wheel”.

 

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Color Wheel and save it into your Color Wheel folder. 

Monday 11/29

Fall Final: Poster Design

Objective

You will have the option to create either a poster of your choice. You must use multiple layers in Photoshop and show your knowledge of the pen tool, clipping paths, masks and your design concept skills. This project must showcase all that you know about Photoshop and more!

 

Project Steps

1. Create a new PSD file with the size being 11x17 inch and resolution 180dpi.

2. Use your sketch to start to bring images into your new PSD file to edit and remove the backgrounds. 

 

Project Requirements

- At least 10 image/text layers were used. This is bare minimum.

- Mask and pen tool skills were used.

- New skills were incorporated into the design.

- Text was incorporated into the design.

 

Turn-In Directions

1. Save your file as a PSD and as a high-res JPG and name them “lastName_poster”.

2. Upload your JPG and PSD file into your “Poster” folder. 

 

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Fall Final Poster and save it into your Poster folder. 

Monday 10/25

Masks

You will need to create a design that incorporates clipping and/or layer masks. Be creative how you use your clipping masks and think outside of the tutorials you completed. You will need to use the pen tool at some point in this project too. This design needs to show your creativity and should incorporate past design skills too. 

 

Project Setup

- Size: 8.5x11 or 11x8.5 inches. Make sure you change the units to inches!

- Resolution - 180 resolution

- Color Mode - RGB

 

Project Requirements

- Layer or clipping masks are used. Don’t just put an image inside of text. 

- The pen tool and clipping paths are used to remove an image from a background. 

- At least 4 images are combined in your design. 

 

Project Steps

1. Create a PSD file with the correct project setup from above, which is 8.5x11 or 11x8.5 inches PSD file.

2. Find an image on Google by following the directions above. 

3. Open the saved image in Photoshop. 

4. Drag that image over to the PSD file you created BEFORE you start to alter the image. This will ensure you have the correct size photo before you start to work on your design.

 

Finding Images on Google

Search for large images. This will help to ensure you have a high-resolution image to work with and your photo will not be blurry. Remember, you can not enlarge a small photo in Photoshop because it will be blurry.

 

Turn-In Directions

1. Your PSD and JPG files should be saved as “lastName_Masks”.

3. Go to File>Save A Copy and change the Format to JPG. Select the highest resolution option selected when you are saving it.

4. Upload the PSD file and JPG file to your Masks folder.


Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Masks and save it into your Masks folder. 

Thursday 10/7-Friday 10/8

Pop Art

Objective

Your project will be an Andy Warhol inspired design. Find an image online or use a photo of yourself. You're allowed to explore your creativity however you want! Follow the steps below to get started. 

 

Step 1:

Download the Pop Art PSD Grid

 

Step 2:

Find an image that you will use for your design. Are you using a selfie from your phone? Email it to your Gmail to download it for your project. 

 

Are you finding an image off of Google? Make sure to find a large image. Follow the video directions on how to find a large enough image and how to bring it into Photoshop.

 

Saving Google Images

 

If your image is larger than the box, that is OK because you will learn how to use clipping masks. The clipping mask tutorial is on the Resources page. We will talk about this more in the future.

 

Remember, you can’t make a photo larger than it is when you bring it into Photoshop. If it is small, you will need to find another photo!

 

Step 3:

After having your grid and image ready, watch the Pop Art Tutorial to learn how to create your own design. You are not creating the Ice Cube design in the tutorial. You are creating your own design. 

 

Note - Play around with different filters other than Cutout if you like.

 

Project Requirements

1. Your PSD file and JPG files are turned in. 

2. Accuracy and attention to details are used while creating clipping paths with the pen tool. 

3. Intentional color selection is used to compliment the images and backgrounds. 

 

Turn-In Directions

1. Create a new folder in your Final and title it “Pop Art” if you have not already.

2. Save a Photoshop file as “lastName_PopArt”.

3. Go to File>Save A Copy and change the Format to JPEG. Select the highest resolution option selected when you are saving it.

4. Upload the PSD file and JPG file to your Pop Art folder.

 

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Pop Art and save it into your Pop Art folder. 

Tuesday 8/24 - Wednesday 8/25

About Me Project

Objective

This project will be an opportunity for you to share a little bit about yourself so we can get to know our fellow designers. You will complete this in Google Draw and present your work at the end of the project. The brainstorming needs to be done before you start working on your design. 

 

Project Skills

1. Correctly setup a file and save a file with the correct extension.

2. New Google Draw skills are discovered and used. You don’t rely on just the basic tools. 

 

Project Requirements

1. Your name needs to be used in the design.

2. Include at least five sentences that talk about you. You can write about your family, hobbies, or anything else that explains who you are.

3. Correct grammar was used throughout your writing. Use spell check and capitalize I! 

4. An image of yourself needs to be on the page. Use your computer's Photo Booth app to take your photo or email a photo from your phone to your school Gmail account. 

5. Include at least 5 other images, besides your photo. You need at least a total of 6 images, but this is bare minimum. 

6. Use consistent colors and fonts. Too many colors create a distracting design!

 

Grammar Tips

Did you put a space after all commas and periods? 

Did you capitalize I in your writing?

Did you capitalize names of people, restaurants and places?

 

Turn In Directions

1. If you haven’t already created a new folder in your Final folder and name it “About Me”.

2. Move your About Me Google Draw into this folder.

3. Save your rubric into this same folder and check that your Brainstorming folder has your worksheet saved correctly. 

 

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - About Me and save it into your About Me folder.