Assignments

Due Friday 12/16 – Meet at the museum!

1. Post to your eportfolio something that you are looking forward to seeing at Cooper Hewitt.

2. Project 5 due. You will be handing this in at the museum. 
No late projects accepted!!
+ Include 2 sheets of tracing paper following our regular format directions. The bottom sheet is for your self assessment, the top is for me.

3. Meet at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
at 11:30 (aim to arrive a little earlier). We will meet in the front lobby.
2 E 91st St
New York, NY 10128

If you get lost or need to contact me to let me know that you’ve arrived call or text 718 679 7200

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
12/20 Last day of class

Due Tuesday 12/13 – TODAY IS READING DAY- NO CLASS!
*Assignments are still due on your eportfolio and in your design journal.

1. Design Journal entry #26
Process color, spot color and hex triplets

2. On your eportfolio post 3 pictures of things that you would like to take a color inventory of. Any kind of picture will do- found on the internet (with a source) or taken with a camera yourself, it can be a picture from a game, or of an object, or a landscape, etc.

3. Project 5 75% complete (a good example would be to have margins marked, the color proportions painted and composition started).
Details colorinventoryformat
Link to video explaining color inventories

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

12/16 Final Project (Project 5) due which you will hand in at the museum
12/16 FIELD TRIP Meet at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
at 11:30 (aim to arrive a little earlier). We will meet in the front lobby.
2 E 91st St
12/20 Last day of class

Due Friday 12/9

1. Design Journal #25
All of the following terms in regards to color relationships: monochromatic, analogous complementary, triad and tetrad.

2. On your eportfolio post an example from  the Cooper Hewitt collection, of each color relationship in your design journal

3. Bring in an album cover to start Project 5 (which will be due Friday May 20)
Details colorinventoryformat
Link to video explaining color inventories

4. Read pgs 96-101, 106-117 from Design Elements by Timothy Samara, 2nd edition.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
12/16 Final Project (Project 5) due which you will hand in at the museum
12/16 FIELD TRIP Meet at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
at 11:30 (aim to arrive a little earlier). We will meet in the front lobby.
2 E 91st St
12/20 Last day of class

Due Tuesday 12/6

1. Design Journal entry #24
Listen to the beginning of this podcast  and write what you think about it (you only have to listen to the first few minutes about the gray squares).

2. Project 4 due at the beginning of class.
This includes both color wheels and the saturation continuum with two sheets of tracing paper attached. Bottom sheet has your self assessment.  

In class 12/2 and 12/6 color interaction exercise which you will post to your eportfolio
There should be five in total:

  1. Change in hue
  2. Change in saturation
  3. Change in value
  4. Change in hue, saturation and value
  5. 2 different colors that look like the same color

Due Friday 12/2

1. Design Journal entry #23
Prismatic color, muted color, achromatic gray, chromatic gray, additive color, subtractive color, Bezold effect, and color interaction

2. Finish CMY and RYB color wheel for today. These are part of Project 4.
All of Project 4, which includes both color wheels and the saturation continuum, will be due on Tuesday 12/6 at the beginning of class. These will need two sheets of tracing paper attached. Bottom sheet has your self assessment.

3. Find an article in the New York Times about color and write a post about it on your eportfolio and include a link to the article.

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A good example of the ryb and cmy color wheels.

Due Tuesday 11/29

1. Design Journal entry #22
Josef Albers, Johannes Itten and Albert Munsell
Who were they and what did they contribute to color theory?

2. CMY color wheel 50% finished at the beginning of class.
Use the template that we handed out in class to create the a CMY color wheel using gouache. Color wheel template BLANK fall2015

  • CMY color wheel
    color-wheelcmyk

Source: http://www.sitepoint.com/rgb-or-cmyk/

Explore the colors. Notice the color when it is wet and when it is dry. Try to create swatches with even coats and no brush strokes or streaks. Glue the swatches in a circle of the center (horizontally and vertically) of a 9″x 12″ piece of bristol.

3. If you have a smart phone or tablet, try out Blendoku

Keep bringing all of your materials to class including paint.

Due Tuesday 11/22

1. Design Journal entry #21
Primary triad, secondary triad, tertiary hues, cmyk, rgb

2. Project 3 due at the BEGINNING OF CLASS
(you may turn it in earlier if you need to)
This includes:
1. Value Scale set Valuescale_formatguidelines
2. Composition in pencil
3. Composition in pen/ink texture
4. Composition in magazine
5. Composition in gouache

For the compositions, the format is th 7″x7″ picture plane centered on your bristol in portrait layout

Each with 2 sheets of tracing paper cut to size neatly attached to the bristol. The bottom tracing paper must have your self assessment. Point out what needs work and what you did well. What is working in terms of your design principle, transparency, layering and value?

3. Take pictures of Project 3 and post them to your eportfolio with a post about what you have learned

4. Read pgs 86-95, 102-105 from Design Elements by Timothy Samara, 2nd edition
Read pgs 70-83 from Graphic Design The New Basics by Ellen Lupton

Due Friday 11/18

1. Design Journal entry #20
Color, hue, saturation and intensity

2. Bring in an example of the most true red that you can find

3. Project 3 90% complete
Project 3 will be due at the BEGINNING OF CLASS on Tuesday 11/22
(you may turn it in earlier if you need to)
This includes:
1. Value Scale set
2. Composition in pencil
3. Composition in pen/ink texture
4. Composition in magazine
5. Composition in gouache

Each with 2 sheets of tracing paper cut to size neatly attached to the bristol. The bottom tracing paper must have your self assessment. Point out what needs work and what you did well. What is working in terms of your design principle, transparency, layering and value?

**Extra credit opportunities (attend and write about it in your eportfolio)

UPCOMING: “Think How They Think” with Douglas Davis

Join us at the City College of New York for a book signing and talk with author, professor, and industry super pro Douglas Davis. The author of the industry’s new bible¬†Creative Strategy and the Business of Design¬†sheds light on how to bridge the gap between creativity and business insight.

Tuesday, November 15th
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 104, Shepard Hall
RSVP
bic@ccny.cuny.edu

UPCOMING: Grey Agency Tour

Grey Advertising¬†ranks among the world’s top ad and marketing agencies, serving FORTUNE 500 companies across the globe. Known for being “Famously Effective Since 1917”, the agency continues to break new ground in brand experience across all platforms. The agency has won many awards including The One Show and Cannes.

Thursday, November 17th
10:00am – 12:00pm
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

*Students will meet outside of the Grey offices @ 9:45am*

UPCOMING: Creative Circle Staffing Presentation

Creative Circle, New York City’s Premiere creative staffing agency is coming to City Tech to discuss job placement, interviewing, resumes, and portfolios. The agency represents creatives in advertising, marketing, visual communications, and interactive media on both a freelance and full-time basis. They deliver talent solutions to any organizations requiring creative, marketing, or interactive resources. Definitely a must see for anyone looking to break into the industry!

Monday, November 21st
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Atrium Amphitheater

Exercise in class 11/15

Due Tuesday 11/15

1. Design Journal entry #19
Proportion, rule of thirds, golden rule

2. Project 3 30% complete
This includes:
1. Value Scale set
2. Composition in pencil
3. Composition in pen/ink texture
4. Composition in magazine
5. Composition in gouache

The focus of this project is transparency and layering, so make sure that both are very present. As always, no symbolism. Apply all of the things that you have learned about design principles and elements so far in this class.

3. Read pgs 70-73 and 82-84 in Design Elements, 2nd Edition by Timothy Samara

Due Friday 11/11

1. Design Journal entry #18
Simultaneous contrast, texture density and venn diagram

2. Post on your eportfolio a venn diagram that you think is funny

3. Value scales completely finished.

4. Create 3 different compositions with 9 value steps, exploring layering and transparency. These are rough drafts and can be either in illustrator or in your design journal. Number each value to be sure that you have 9 (and remember that this includes the ground).

Due Friday 11/4

1. Design Journal entry #17
Low key, high key, narrow range and broad range in regards to value, and gouache

2. Start the value scale (where it says keep this blank for now, use gouache)
This is part 1 of Project 3, so craftsmanship counts!!
Valuescale_formatguidelines

Gouache instruction video

3. 30 thumbnails exploring transparency and layering in your design journals

4. Find 3 successful examples of transparency and layering in design from the Cooper Hewitt collection and post it to your eportfolio with a paragraph about what makes them successful.

**Extra Credit opportunity**
Go to this @parsonsseries Weds Nov 2, 6:30-8:30 and write a post about it on your eportfolio (it does cost money to attend). http://aigany.org/event/chistoph-niemann-sunday-sketching/

Due Tuesday 11/1

1. Design Journal entry #16
Tonal progression, shade, tint and tone

2. Create 10 value scales by creating textures and manipulating their density. White to black.

3. Write a post on your eportfolio about 3 companies in NYC that you would be interested in working for and why. Include links to their websites.

4. Bring your painting supplies (you will need black and white paint for today) and a magazine (any magazine) to class today.

5. Read pgs 76, 94-95 and 102-103 in Design Elements, 2nd Edition by Timothy Samara.

Due Friday 10/28

1. Design Journal entry #15
Value

2. Project 2, Sound movement books completely finished with 3 layers of tracing paper due at the beginning of class.
‚Äď bottom layer, draw arrows to show intended movement of composition
‚Äď middle layer, your self assessment
‚Äď top layer, blank for me

3. Take pictures of your project and write a post on your eportfolio about what you learned doing project 2.

4. Gather painting tools for Tuesday 11/1

************** MIDTERMS resume  *********************
I will continue to check your design journals and eportfolios.

*Extra credit opportunity*
Use transparency and layering

Get Out the VOTE Poster Showcase

Due Tuesday 10/25

1. Design Journal entry #15
Choose a design principle that inspires you and tell us why.

2. Find 3 successful examples of movement and rhythm in design from the Cooper Hewitt collection and post it to your eportfolio with a paragraph about what makes them successful.

2. 80% of your sound movement book complete at the beginning of class (the final book will be due on Friday 10/28)
Remember to focus on movement, rhythm and contrast.
song movement book, the panels are 4in x 4in cut out in bristol

Do not use any representative shapes or symbols. Do not hide pictures in the compositions. Get inspiration from the design principles and think about visual hierarchy in each panel.

************** MIDTERMS start Tuesday 10/24 *********************
I will be checking your design journals and eportfolios starting today.

Due Friday 10/21

1. Design Journal entry #14
Layering, transparency and spatial depth

2. 50% of your sound movement book complete at the beginning of class
Remember to focus on movement, rhythm and contrast.
song movement book, the panels are 4in x 4in cut out in bristol

Do not use any representative shapes or symbols. Do not hide pictures in the compositions. Get inspiration from the design principles and think about visual hierarchy in each panel.

3. Read pgs 64-67 and 80-81 in Design Elements, 2nd Edition by Timothy Samara.

Read p 126-157 from Graphic Design The New Basics by Ellen Lupton (digital edition through the library)

************** MIDTERMS start Tuesday 10/24 *********************
I will be checking your design journals and eportfolios starting today.

Due Tuesday 10/18

1. Design Journal entry #13
What does rhythm have to do with design? Write a brief paragraph in your design journal and look up a successful example of rhythm in design.

2. Create 3 more mockups of your book (plus the mockup due for Friday makes 4 in total)
Remember to focus on movement, rhythm and contrast.
song movement book
Do not use any representative shapes or symbols. Do not hide pictures in the compositions. Get inspiration from the design principles and think about visual hierarchy in each panel.

3. Cut out 8 perfect 4″ x 4″ squares of white bristol and 8 perfect 4″ x 4″ squares out of your black paper. Sharp craftsmanship is essential, this is the beginning of¬†Project 2.

Due FRIDAY 10/14 (no class Tuesday 10/11)

1. Design Journal entry #12
Mock-up, composition, sound, tension

2. 50 thumbnail sketches exploring movement and rhythm inspired by various songs of your choice

3. 1 mock up completed on both sides inspired by the song you chose to work with
Remember to focus on movement, rhythm and contrast.
song movement book

4. Take pictures of 5 subway posters which exhibit successful visual hierarchy and tell us about them on your eportfolio.

5. Read p 29- 40 from Graphic Design The New Basics by Ellen Lupton

**Extra credit opportunities**
Go to any (or all) of these three events and write a post about it in your eportfolio.
1. Meet the pros, Tuesday Oct 18, 6:30 pm
2. Comd 1st annual speed networking event, Thursday Oct 13, 6:30 pm (NEED TO RSVP)
3. Improv on paper: Drawing your way to design solutions workshop at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, Saturday Oct 15, starting at 1:00 pm (NEED TO RSVP)

Due FRIDAY 10/7 (no class Tuesday 10/4)

1. Design Journal entry #11
Static, dynamic, momentum

2. 25 thumbnails exploring movement
25 thumbnails exploring rhythm

3. Look for perks that you get as a CUNY student (i.e. free entrance to Cooper Hewitt Museum, free digital ny times membership, discounts, etc) and write a post on your eportfolio about your favorite perk.

4. Read p 114-125 and 214-233 from Graphic Design The New Basics by Ellen Lupton (digital edition through the library)

Due 9/30

1. Design Journal entry #10
Rhythm, movement

2. Create 8 real textures in your design journal and post 8 close up pictures of them on your eportfolio. How successful are they in reality and how successful are they digitally?

3. Read p 28-39 from Graphic Design The New Basics by Ellen Lupton (digital edition through the library)

Read pgs 60-63, 68-77 in Design Elements, 2nd Edition by Timothy Samara.

Due 9/27

1. Design Journal entry #9
Visual hierarchy, emphasis

2. Take a picture of a found texture close up and post it to your eportfolio. Tell us how you might use it for a design project.

3. 12 quick textures in your design journal

4. 25 thumbnails exploring contrast

5. Project 1 complete at the beginning of class
This includes 2 sets of 2 black paper cutouts with frames and one hand inked pattern. Double check format directions to be sure that you did this correctly.  Good craftsmanship is essential!

Tracing paper guidelines for project 1:
Tape 3 layers of tracing paper cut to size and folded over in the back.

  • The bottom layer is for you to sketch in the negative space from your original composition.
  • The second layer is for your self-assessment.
  • The third (top) layer is for me.

Extra credit opportunity (write a post about this on our eportfolio) 

Join the Art + Design club to get an inside look at 3D rendering, CGI, and retouching from the pros at Hudson Yards Studios. Artists from the studio will be doing live demos and Q + A.
Tuesday 9/27 5:30pm-7:30pm
*students will meet at 80 Broad St. @ 5:15pm (closest to Bowling Green on the 4/5 trains)
RSVP HERE

Due 9/23

1. Design Journal entry #8
How important is craftsmanship to you? Take a design that you love (doesn’t have to be originally created by you) and quickly recreate it with poor craftsmanship (a quick sketch in your design journal is fine). Bring in a picture of the original (or post it on your eportfolio).

2. Project 1, 85% complete
This includes 2 sets of 2 black paper cutouts with frames and one hand inked pattern. Double check format directions to be sure that you did this correctly.  Good craftsmanship is essential!

Tracing paper guidelines for project 1:
Tape 3 layers of tracing paper cut to size and folded over in the back.

  • The bottom layer is for you to sketch in the negative space from your original composition.
  • The second layer is for your self-assessment.
  • The third (top) layer is for me.

3. Post a picture (or multiple) of Project 1 in progress and post it to your eportfolio with a paragraph telling us about your project. Where do you see your pattern being used?

4.  Catch up on reading.

Due 9/20

1. Design Journal entry #7
Visual weight, contrast, craftsmanship

2. 35% of your inked pattern finished Project1_formatguidelines_ink

3. Read p 28-39 from Graphic Design The New Basics by Ellen Lupton (digital edition through the library)

Read pgs 60-63, 68-77 in Design Elements, 2nd Edition by Timothy Samara.


Due 9/16

1. Design Journal entry #6
Pattern, texture, repetition

2. Part 1 of Project 1 (black paper cutouts) completed
Create 4 compositions using your knowledge of geometric and organic shapes and the figure ground relationship.

Format guidelines here: Project1_formatguidelines_9x12
(
to create 4 compositions you will be creating 2 sets). Double check format directions to be sure that you did this correctly.  Good craftsmanship is essential!

3. Write a post on your eportfolio answering, what is the difference between art and design? Post a picture of an example of each (with links to their source).

4. Read pgs 54-57 in Design Elements, 2nd Edition by Timothy Samara.

Read p 184-197 from Graphic Design The New Basics by Ellen Lupton

Due 9/13

1. Design Journal entry #5
Symmetry, asymmetry, axis, balance

2. Part 1 of Project 1 (black paper cutouts) completed
Create 2 compositions using your knowledge of geometric and organic shapes and the figure ground relationship.

Format guidelines here: Project1_formatguidelines_9x12

Tips

  • Do not use symbolic or representative shapes (no pictures of lemons, turtles, suns, people, words, etc).
  • Less is more.
  • Play with scale and the relationship of the shapes to each other.

3. Read p 28-39 from Graphic Design The New Basics by Ellen Lupton (digital edition through the library)

Read pgs 60-63, 68-77 in Design Elements, 2nd Edition by Timothy Samara.

Due 9/9

1. Design Journal entry #4
Scale, harmony, unity

2. ePortfolio
Find a current design students’ work that you like (from any school in the world), post a link to their work and tell us why you like them.

3. Four more of these, so there will be 8 total (including what was due on 9/6).
Figure ground paper assignment due at the beginning of class. Cut out two 4″ x 4″ squares in white Bristol and two 4″x 4″ squares in black paper. Cut out various shapes in both white Bristol and black paper to create compositions exploring figure ground on the square background. Use white Bristol shapes on the black background and black paper shapes on the white background. There should be 4 compositions in total at the beginning of class.

Do not use any representative shapes or symbols. Do not hide pictures in the compositions. The goal is to explore balance shape and space- positive and negative while working on craftsmanship.

4. Read pgs 58-59, 70-71 in Design Elements, 2nd Edition by Timothy Samara.

Read p 84-111 from Graphic Design The New Basics by Ellen Lupton (digital edition through the library)

Due 9/6

1. Design Journal entry #3
Picture plane, frame, format, space and Gestalt theory

2. Do you think figure ground can be compared to notes and rests (the space between the notes) in music? Post your answer to your eportfolio.

3. Catch up on previous reading assignment.

4. Figure ground paper assignment due at the beginning of class. Cut out two 4″ x 4″ squares in white Bristol and two 4″x 4″ squares in black paper. Cut out various shapes in both white Bristol and black paper to create compositions exploring figure ground on the square background. Use white Bristol shapes on the black background and black paper shapes on the white background. There should be 4 compositions in total at the beginning of class.

5. Finish your 20 thumbnails exploring shape and figure ground if you did not get to complete it during class.

No symbolism or representative shapes!

Due 9/2y

1. Design Journal entry #2
Shape, form, geometric shape, organic shape and figure ground

2. Read pgs 06-09, 40-53, 288-291 in Design Elements, 2nd Edition by Timothy Samara and p 11-23 from Graphic Design The New Basics by Ellen Lupton

3. Add 3 links to the inspiration tab of our class website.

4. eportfolio: Go to www.nytimes.com/passes and sign up with your CUNY email
Find one design related article and write what you thought of the article. Please include the link to the article in your post.

5. Make 20 thumbnails exploring point, 20 thumbnails exploring line, and 20 thumbnails exploring plane/shape using any of your materials for class in your design journal. (6o total thumbnail sketches)

*TIP: Think about size, location, grouping- in general the elements in relation to each other.

No symbolism or representative shapes!

6. Make sure that you have bought all of the materials (with the exception of painting supplies) and bring them to class every day.

Due 8/30

1. Buy materials

2. Design Journal entry #1 (see below for guidelines)
Point, line, plane

3. Set up your ePortfolio on OpenLab and write an introduction on your page.
Include:
1. write out your design goal, why are you taking the class?
2. what type of work inspires you? what else inspires you?
3. what is your preferred design process¬†‚Äď how do you like to work? (i.e. coding, on the computer, with a marker, pencil, in small notebooks, murals, collages, planned out, spontaneous, etc.)
4. what types of projects would you be interested in collaborating on?

Daily Design Journal assignment
Will be announced online and in class

You will be given visual terms to explore by completing the following (for each term):

1. Write the formal definition and the source
2. Write a definition in your own words
3. Find or create a visual example of this term.

Assignments for your design journal may also include a reflection question on areas of contemporary design and your experience.

 

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