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Class Info

  • Date: Monday, January 31st at 6 pm
  • Meeting Info: via Zoom

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Getting to Know Each Other; Class Orientation to OpenLab & Blackboard; Looking at our Industry through Branding and Logos


  • Getting to know each other
  • Learn How to Use Blackboard & navigate our OpenLab site
  • Learn how to Access our OpenLab Site and its Resources
  • Consider how changes in technology & society affect Design


Ice Breaker Activity

The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature. Here is the basic Proust Questionnaire.

An article about this here.

Our department has classes focusing on Advertising and on Motion Graphics. So,

Let’s take a look first at the most famous Superbowl ad in history and then at some later commercials that refer to it.

Questions for Discussion:

Who is Big Brother in this video?

What story does the 1984 refer to?

How does the use of color and audio in this piece underscore its message?

How about the typography at the end of the video–how is it handled?

Who is the target audience for this commercial?

Epic’s New Commercial–

Questions for Discussion Board:

Who is Big Brother in each of these later commercials?

Who does the girl with the hammer now represent?

Here’s how Adweek covered this latest iteration of the 1984 ad:

And because this is 2021, we have a website and a hashtag to accompany Epic’s video.

Okay, now let’s play the Game

For this class you will have to write a draft of your logo history research paper for homework over the next two weeks.

So, let’s start by looking at how Apple’s logo has evolved . ..

Viral TikTok Video From Black Artist Kirby Prompts Pepsi To Rebrand ‘Aunt Jemima’ Products

Kirby Tik Tok About Aunt Jemina

Together in class, we will  listen part of the full text of Dr. Martin Luther King’s sermon “Drum Major’s Speech” . Link to  Audio of the speech is at:

The PDF below has most of the full text from the speech so for those of you who prefer to read it or to listen to the words and then read it, here’s the PDF of a Church newspaper that has the text.


The Super Bowl!

Some links to look at for the most expensive aid of the year!

So, Super Bowl Sunday is famous not only for the game but for the ads that run during the game. This year, there will be quite a few big advertisers not present at the game and some new ones.

Let’s take a look first at the most famous Superbowl ad in history and then at some later commercials that refer to it.

These are from AdAge

Give Yourself a Background

Here’s some additional backgrounds to try out:

Lab Work

• We will go over our Blackboard Grade Book Center.

• Upload a image of yourself to your profile page on OpenLab.

• Listen or read the rest of King’s speech and then respond on our blackboard Discussion board with your thoughts about his thoughts related to advertising. Think about the name Drum Major’s Speech and what that means.

Then, you will begin to do research for your logo history research paper.

To-Do After Class

Please see Assignment Week 1