Graphic Design 3  & MGD 105 Projects

Thursday 1/21

Ligature Logo

Exemplars: Professional skills/tools used, additional elements to compliment, understanding of color and font choice

You will be creating a ligature logo design in Illustrator that will use your initials. This logo will be your personal logo for you. You can use whatever combination of letters in your initials that makes sense to you. You will start by importing an image of your sketch into your Illustrator to recreate your logo from. Remember, you are not using fonts to create these logos. 

 

Steps:

  1. Sketch brainstorming ideas

  2. Import those sketches into Illustrator

  3. Start to recreate your sketch. Use the Sketching to Vector Instructions to better understand how you can do this. 

  4. Search online for Adobe Illustrator Text Tutorials to add effects and style to your designs. Consider how you can use the Pathfinder Tool to combine letters so you are creating an original font. Push your skills and creativity. 

 

Project Requirements: 

1. Size - 8.5x11” Illustrator file

2. Logos uses your initials and are in a ligature style

3. You create an original logo from your sketches and your sketches have a layer of their own. Your sketches will need to be embedded.  

 

Turn-in Directions:

1. Leave all logos and sketches on layers that you can turn the visibility off.

2. Leave your final logo on a layer with nothing else and enlarge it on the artboard. Balance the logo on the artboard to create a professional looking display.

3. Save your AI file and high resolution JPG named as “lastName_ligatureLogo”.

4. Upload both files to your Final>Ligature Logo folder. 

 

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

Thursday 1/7

Word Play

You will consider how fonts have emotions and how you can control those emotions by using your kerning, tracking, leading skills and your Illustrator skills. You will be creating a series of 4 words that explores how the word can be represented by the image. The goal is to create a unique yet simple way to communicate this. 

 

Project Steps:

1. Create a new Illustrator file using the appropriate steps - Video Directions 

2.  Think of descriptive words that you can use to create an image from. 

3. Select a font that represents that word. For example, if you used Heavy, use a big, thick font. 

4. Play with the overall look of the font to show your creativity. Use kerning, tracking, leading and manipulating the text using skills like pathfinder, text outlines and text warp. 

5. Once you have completed your image, in small type put the name of the font and what tools you used to manipulate the image. 

 

Text Manipulation Tips

 

Project Requirements:

1. AI Size - Four Artboards that are 8.5x8.5”

2. Four images created

3. Only black and white can be used

4. Simple shapes can be added, but not images

5. Name of the font and tools used should be listed small on the image. 

 

Turn-in Directions:

  1. Name the file, “lastName_WordPlay.ai”. 

  2. Save your file as a high-resolution JPG named the same way. 

  3. Turn the two files into your Final>Word Play folder.

 

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

Tuesday 10/6

Menu Design

You will be designing a menu of your choice. The design will include listed menu items and a cover too. The layout is your choice, which means you can create a one page design or folded menu to push your creativity and Invention competency. 

 

Project Requirements:

1. Size: 11x14” 

2. At least Two Pages - Cover and Menu

3. Menu Items with Prices

4. Correct grammar and spelling is used throughout the entire design. Use spell check!

5. A creative cover to your menu is created showcasing your design skills. 

 

Setup Directions:

1. Create a new file with the correct size. 

2. Decide if you are having a folding menu or a menu that just flips over because this will determine how you set up your files.

  • Folding Menu - 4 facing pages (2 spreads)

  • Flip Menu - 2 pages

3. Set your margins and columns to apply to your design. Make sure to use these correctly throughout. 

 

Turn-in Directions:

1. Get your shareable link and paste it on the rubric.

2. Save a JPG - File>Download As and then on the right side you can select  JPG with a resolution set to 300. This will create a zip file, which you will need to unzip to find your JPG images. 

3. Upload the JPG to your Menu folder. 

 

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

Friday 9/25

Postcard

You will be creating a two sided postcard design to promote a destination of your choice. The front will represent a location and the back will be set up to include a place for someone to write a message and the address. Push yourself to use your layout skills and creativity in order to create your postcard.

 

Requirements:

1. Two page document and 5x7" size

2. Backside needs to leave at least 3” on the right for an area where the address will go.

3. You use visual identity to represent your location. 

 

Turn-in Directions:

1. Get your shareable link and paste it on the rubric.

2. Save a JPG - File>Download As and then on the right side you can select  JPG with a resolution set to 300.

3. Upload the JPG to your Postcard folder. 

 

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

Tuesday 9/15

Invitation

You will be creating an invitation of your choice. Your invitation can be one for a birthday, graduation, wedding, concert or any other event. This could be a made up event or maybe it is a real event. You should be really exploring with typography during this project. The key to a well designed invitation is the use of great typography and hierarchy!

 

Project Requirements:

1. Acceptable sizes: 5x7’’, 5.5x4’’, or 6x9’’

2. Correct grammar and spelling is used throughout the entire design. Use spell check!

3. High resolution images are used throughout entire design. 

 

Required Elements:

1. Event Title

2. Time and Date

3. Event Details

4. Graphics 

 

Turn-in Directions:

1. Get your shareable link and paste it on the rubric.

2. Save a JPG - File>Download As and then on the right side you can select  JPG with a resolution set to 300.

3. Upload the JPG to your Invitation folder.

 

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

Monday 8/24

Year 2020 Poster Design

2020 has been a crazy year! This first project will allow you to express your feelings towards this year so far. You will have some brainstorming and share outs to go through and then you will get started with your project. 

 

If you weren’t present in the first class, you will need to complete the tutorials by following the video lesson located under GD3>Video Lessons. These tutorials are very important because this will be the software you will use while we are virtually learning this year.

 

Project Skills:

Reflect on the year to express yourself in your design by using previous design skills like white space, balance, flow, contrast, etc.

Project Requirements:

1. Designs need to be created in Lucidpress, although you can use Photopea to create/modify photos before bringing them into Lucidpress. DON’T take shortcuts. If you need to modify an image to enhance your project design, take the time to do so! 

2. Size: 8.5x11

3. Typography and images need to be used. Be considerate of the fonts you use and how they speak to your overall design.

 

Turn In Directions:

1. Save your Rubric correctly below.

2. Follow the directions here in order to get the link you need to get a sharable link. You will copy this link at the top of your rubric. 

3. Download your file as a JPG by following the directions here.

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Year 2020 and save it into your Year 2020 folder. 

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