Class Notes 12/12: Project #5 and Prep for Final

How do we read actively, with pen in hand?

  • look for words to look up
  • annotate each paragraph
    • to say what it’s about
    • to say what it’s doing
  • what are your thoughts–maybe paragraph by paragraph
  • write a summary
  • questions:
    • what questions do you have?
    • what questions could the final exam ask?
    • Question A: 1-names the title, author(s), short summary; 2-your task: agree or disagree with a specific claim from the reading; 3-write a thesis-driven essay; 4-use any evidence; 5-use evidence from the text [include at least one quotation and explain how it relates to your argument]
      • addresses the central argument of the reading
      • asks you to address that central argument as well
    • Question B: 1-names the title, author(s), short summary about a specific part of the text, not the whole. 2-elaborating on the point raised in sentence 1; 3-your task: write an essay about more general idea from your experience; 4-elaborating on the task; 5-use any evidence; 6-use a thesis, refer to the reading [include at least one quotation and explain how it relates to your argument]
      • more of you recalling your personal experience, less reliant on the text

In the exam, what do you do?

  • read the questions
  • decide which to answer
  • 5
  • reread text or notes or parts of the text
  • find evidence in the reading or from your experience
  • 10
  • notes or outline/organization plan
  • 15
  • then start writing
  • 30
  • re-read a lot
  • maybe pro0fread from the end to the beginning
  • make changes as needed
  • 15
  • done 🙂

Project #2 First Draft

Question: Can you see yourself doing anything else?

A: There is one other thing that I can possibly see myself doing but it would take a lot of effort and dedication put into it to actually receive an outcome from it. That one thing would be streaming or doing Youtube as a content creator. Being a content creator on those platforms can also expand my creativity while being myself as a person. I was unsure if I would be successful in that direction so I decided to become a graphic designer as a ComD major to have that firm ground to build myself on while learning something that I genuinely enjoy. Other than that, I do not really see myself doing anything else that I am interested in or would spend the rest of my life perusing and doing. As of now, I focus myself on being successful as a ComD student while enjoying Youtube and being a content creator for fun and a side hobby.

Question: What influenced you towards this major?

A: The thing that dragged me into this major was around 5 years ago. At the time, I went back to China for vacation and during that time, I signed up for a drawing and shading class because my cousin asked if I wanted to try it out. During the month and a half of being in the drawing class, I became really intrigued with how my artwork really stood out with the shading and making it 3D. It really made me think about how people look at things and the way they see it because during the classes, everyone was sitting in a different seat while looking at the same 3 to 4 wooden blocks under a light and it was casting a shadow in a different direction. After my vacation, that was when I bought my first drawing tablet and starting doing digital art and learning by watching Youtube videos and teaching myself. This was what influenced me towards this major in ComD.

Question: What are some things you like to design?

A: There are many things that I personally like to design. When I am at home, I would usually be drawing or sketching characters with my drawing tablet. That would range from anime to just random shape or words that kind of stands out to me. I would also occasionally go online to play around and create a custom shoes and colors but I do not buy them because I like to just experiment with it and see what results I get with my own style. Another thing that I like to design

Project #2 First Draft

Question: “What is your dream job in the field of design?”

My dream job would have to be, being an animator either for a big animation studio or an animation studio of my very own. From an early age, I’ve been interested in becoming an animator and how animators could make their ideas come to life. I grew up watching all kinds of animations and was always invested in how the characters were able to come to life. I strive to make my own characters and worlds with their own unique story, so that I may share it with others. I also hope to inspire people who were like me growing up so that they can follow their creative path.

Question: “What are you passionate about?”

I’ve asked myself this question a lot, while I was still deciding on my major for college. I was pretty smart throughout most of my high school maintaining an A average, but I didn’t really care about my grades. To me, they were just letters without actually meaning, it may have measured my academic level but I felt it didn’t really measure me. When I was given an art class for my sophomore year, I was amazed that it introduced me to a whole new way of expressing myself. I believed that being given the chance to create was when I really found my passion. After taking that one art class, the following years I spent trying to figure out how I could continue down this creative path. That’s when I came across City Tech’s COMD major and decided this is where I’ll spend the next four years following my passion.

Question: “Can you see yourself doing anything else?”

To be honest, I can’t see myself doing anything else besides designing and creating. I do however see myself also working with kids, either teaching them or looking after them. Other than that, creating is what I can picture myself doing for most of my life. Being able to create just feels right for me, like I’m supposed to use my creativity any way I can.

Question: “How is the community in your major?”

The community in COMD, for the most part, seems genuinely kind and helpful towards one another. In class, whenever someone doesn’t understand something someone else will come over to help them with their problem. I feel that everyone in this major wants to see each other succeed in their endeavors, so they’ll lend a helping hand when needed. The community is also fairly quiet and sometimes keeps to themselves, but I feel that is only the case since most of us just started and it takes some time to get used to this new environment. As the semester goes on, I hope to see more people in this community speak up and voice their opinion as well as listen to constructive criticism to see how they can grow even more as a COMD major.

project #2 first draft

what is your motivation (eg creative expression) in graphic design?

My motivation in graphic design is to learn more of what’s there to get out  and develop from it. I have created certain things like creating logos or learned the ways with photography or how to use the photoshop programs to develop new creations. I believe that what I’m learning right now is helping me improve with new experience on how there is many ways to present or demonstrate within my projects or homeworks, by following the guidelines, suggestions, and other opinions of other classmates. I use everything I have learned so far from the beginning of this semester and from high school. I want to improve with gaining so much skills that are or will be beyond what I had started with. I see other classmates determined to reach their own goals and I want to follow that path and believe truly that I can successfully make it happen if I work very hard to really be someone in the future.

what catches your eye when looking at other people’s work?

When I look at someone’s work I look at the creativity that was created or search for the differences between everyone else’s work and also mine. If it looks really cool or very detailed I’ll like to say “Hey, that’s very good work you did there.” Or “I like what you did to make it look very good.” or “It’s very presentable without making it seem like you ever did so many drafts to get this as a final result.” The final results are the overall of the hard work,developing and planning what to do by start to finish for that specific assignment or homework. But mainly I look to see if there was really effort being given especially if you see like prints on the work because that says a lot like they was poorly done or if it wasn’t put away somewhere save to protect the work without it ending up being all wrinkled up.

what is the schoolwork like in your coursework?

There is a lot to keep checking in case of there being a homework, a project being due at a certain day or of a week. Sometimes, it maybe a lot or not but,it is college it’s no longer like high school where you will told things to do. The class work can be easy yet, a bit troubling with drawing..but it just means that not everything is easy at first it takes time to be able to do this without struggling on measuring certain spaces on the paper of the work piece. There are a lot of standards that professors have on us to be able to do and be responsible for our own things and be well prepare with certain necessary items for the next class.

what job do you desire after this?

I want to be a graphic designer, although at first I thought about following into the advertisement path but then I thought I have done more of the graphic design things than trying to understand if I wanna do some advertisement for marketing communication or if I really understood what were to be the procedure to follow into the advertisement path.

project #2 first draft

Question: who is your role model in design

Answer: My role model in design is no other than Mr. Andy Warhol himself. I fell in love with his work when I was in 6th grade as a way to express myself without using my words. I always loved the way he made pop art and used it to express himself though things you would never imagine like a banana. I also love his sneaker collaboration with converse, which also happens to be my favorite sneaker brand because they allows you to create your own ideas on your sneakers. I believe that Andy will continue to inspire people just like me by allowing us to use unique items to express ourselves.

Project #2 First Draft

Why did you choose this major (COMD)?

The reason why I chose Communication Design as my major is because of the interest I have for website making and apps. I find it captivating the way I can create and build visual stories with technology that makes it very appealing. It is a skill that will continue to expand into the future.  It will continue improve, enhance and be empowering into the next generation.

I am keen to enhance my learning on this area in order to communicate and socialize with people across the spectrum of the social media and internet.  I will be able to make presentations using power point and other creative tools to share and inform the various communities of people. I feel that I  am skillful using the computer and this gives me an advantage to explore deeper into the realm of communication design. I feel that I am also a very social person who like communicating not only orally but also through the use of the communication technologies.

What are some difficulties you face in COMD?

In Communication Design I have faced some difficulties that have challenged  my abilities. One such difficulty is that I struggled with is my  drawing skills  in the Foundation Drawing class and the Graphic Design class. I am not very artful and presently does not possess many drawing skills unlike some other students. I find it difficult to get my ideas depicted  on paper in a good enough way for the viewer to understand and to see my point of view. I am taking it step by step to illustrate the figures that are needed to make the pictures come alive and I am trying to overcome these challenges.  With constant practice, hard work and motivation I am sure that I will get better and  overcome this obstacle.

What in your classes draws your attention?

I am absolutely  thrilled with the Visual Library in my Graphic Design class. It give me a chance to post things that I find interesting or important on a daily basis. I like the discussions we have about them and the way the Professor gives us an opportunity to talk about every detail in each of our pictures.  Another thing that draws my attention in one of my other classes is the belief breakdown in my Typography class. The teacher makes sure that while we are learning about San Serif and Serif Fonts she tells us the history behind it and how those things affected us today. It opened my eyes to see how advanced technology has become since the first printing press.

What are your expectations of being a COMD major in your first year?

My expectations of being a COMD major in my first year is to familiarize myself with subject matter of Typography and Photoshop in an optimal way. I expect to learn and develop myself in all the fundamentals of foundation drawing, graphic design, and all my other courses and to excel  at these learning.  I hope to improve myself  and work toward becoming the best that I can be and have my performance reflect the hard work and time that I intend to devote to this course.

Project #2 First draft

Q:Do you prefer working by yourself or in a group environment?

I prefer working by myself but if I  have to do a group project, I  don’t mind. Working by myself is better because I get to see what I have to do and I  can concentrate on doing the whole thing rather than just one part. For a group project, sometimes it might be hard seeing what everyone else is working on but also, I think if the whole group keeps in check, we might be able to do the whole project and get a good grade on it. Also in group projects, maybe we might get to know more about the people in our group.

Q:Where do you think the future of design will take you?

I’m actually not sure. Maybe I might be a painter or and artist, or someone that just likes drawing. In the end, I hope it works out well for me. I hope to be the best at whatever I end up doing in the future

Q:What are some things you like to design?

Sometimes, I just like drawing random shapes and turning them into something else like some type of monster or cartoon figure or leaving it the way it is. Other times I like to draw whatever comes to my mind. I mostly like drawing something cartoony or goofy. I never really went into drawing people or real life things so I’m not really experienced in that part. Also 3d objects I’m not too experienced in either but I’m learning some of that in my foundation of drawing class.

Q: How do you intend to grow as a designer with this program?

I intend to grow by learning to draw better and also learning to design different things. It could be a sculpture, a big creative drawing, anything, as long as I improve my skills because that’s what I want to do

Project #2 first draft

Question: what catches your eye when looking at other people’s work?

Answer: Something that catches my eye when I am looking at other people’s designs and artwork is the certain colors and shapes they use. In my opinion when it comes to shapes a good artist knows how to make it work for them while a great artist makes you look and the shapes in a different way that you never thought of looking at it before. It’s basically the same thing when it comes to colors. A good artist knows how to use colors that match while a great artist knows how to blend them and make them flow together in one masterpiece 

Question: do you prefer working by yourself or in a group environment?

Answer: Honestly it depends on what I’m doing. I do not mind working with people but I usually prefer to work by myself because most times it allows me to do it faster. Unless it’s a really huge project and I know that I will need help with it or the project is required to have us work in groups. But sadly there is a down side to working in groups. For example, you always get one or two people who do not want to do the work but what to get the grade and credit for it but that’s not fair to the other people in the group who worked twice as hard because those people decided they wanted to do nothing.

Question: do you think your background affects your design?

I believe that my background does affect my designs. I believe this because when my grandfather was still alive he was more a sports fan and an artist, so he decided to take pictures of his favorite sports teams when he went to games, and them draw their logos when he got home. While my mother loves to draw as her number one hobby she desired more to take pictures of the most fun and the most important moments of my life, yet design them in a creative way. So now I take inspiration from both of them my drawing my favorite things along with taking pictures of my friends and family.

Question: what are some things you like to design?

Answer: This is a tough question to answer. I actually like to design two things. The first thing I like to draw is characters. For example, a few years ago me and my sister took my nephew to see Marvel live at the Barclays Center so I decided to design us t shirts representing all our favorite characters. My sister and an Iron Man shirt my nephew had a Thor shirt and I had a Captain America shirt which were all hand made by me. The second thing I like to design is my sneakers. For the past four years I have been drawing my dream sneakers and uploading them to converse.com to make my own sneaker designs. For far I have made five pairs for myself which was really fun.

project #2 first draft

Question 1 -Do you see yourself doing anything else?

Surprisingly I do if later on I believe ComD isn’t my major than id see myself  in some kind of photography business. I always enjoyed taking pictures and getting the angles right .I don’t own no fancy camera or anything but I do have a phone. I mostly enjoy taking pictures of like sunsets and the sky . more like anything with an amazing view . I hope later on I get a chance to take photography at City Tech . I know photography sounds easy and all but I believe there is also a lot of information that tags along with the major . other than that I’d like to teach like some type of art class for like an elementary school that would be like my safe career in a way.I enjoy the company of children and art would be a fun way to interact with them .

Question 2- What is the class that draws your attention ?

The class that is drawing my attention right now is typography . I never really knew that typography was a subject . I never really knew it had so much information and background . But so far these first couple of weeks it has grabbed my attention although its a late class from 6:00pm to 8:30pm . I actually enjoy going to it . Not only professor Vargas teaches very well but the way he explains certain information makes me want to learn more.It’s a lot of vocabulary right now and I know I shouldn’t stress over it but its about time I should start studying .We are currently working on a project with our name and inDesign and I’m having lots of fun . I am looking forward to the rest of this semester .

Question #3-within COMD which track would you want to pursue ?

I am actually very interested in a couple of branches . Advertising , packaging design and photography. Over the summer I participated in the One Club x Kick off. It was this 3 day program which focused on ComD students and Advertising. It was a competition and the company was Burger King . the topic was Halloween and we had to make a spooky” advertisement . This 3 day workshop gave me a huge idea of how the industry works and I really enjoyed working with new people and being able to create new ideas. I can really image myself working in this branch of design as well as packaging and theres photography within both careers so I’m for anything .All it takes is passion, dedication ,creativity and ones belief in themselves .

Question #4-what is your motivation

My motivation ? for anything and mostly everything its my family . My parents play a big role , they believe in me so I believe in me . I believe I Can accomplish anything wether I’m a nurse, teacher, designer. They always push me to do better . Im in ComD because I believe I have the creativity to make something out of nothing . other than that my motivation has been myself for a better future and to help others .Within Com D I believe I can help people by informing them about social problems or to inform the uninformed . My motivation personally is music and amazing sunset/sky views . I love it when the sky changes into different colors . Also peaceful and quiet locations where I can just think.

Project #2 first draft

Q: Why did you choose COMD as your major?

A: I chose Comd as my major because I wanted to experience more techniques for art, and since it’s graphic design based. All my other previous ways of art have been painting to drawing and photography. Therefore I wanted to expand my creative skills so I can apply it to my future projects or jobs. Entering the major also because it’s about communication , and teamwork, meaning that every artwork created by students gets criticized so that way one can get better with their art since they’re receiving feedback on how to fix things or just on ideas that can be added; and I personally feel that this helps a person grow as an artist.

Q:What are your expectations of being a COMD major in your first year?

A: What I expect of the first year in comd is to create many projects as we can before the semester ends. Every project will be based off a different topic and objective. With every project will come a challenge so that will make one feel frustrated but then open minded on how to adjust their creative process even as to switching up the style to make things workout. I also expect for myself to get taught new creative skills to therefore carry with me along the way and apply them to my works of art. And most importantly I get to learn the importance and reason of how Design works and how does it apply to the world.

Q: Can you see yourself doing anything else?

A: To be honest yeah, because I do have a sense other other art fields like Illustration and Photography. So with in the Illustration field I can sketch up landscapes or portraits and even designs; while having done that I could find a way in order to sell my art to people. In some cases people might seek something with color, therefore making me want to create paintings aswell, but it all starts off with a sketch. Next with Photography I could set up business cards and give them to people or leave them at public areas. With photography I’ve learned how to use different settings for example like the iso, apeture , and shutter; which affects the way the photograph will come out aswell as how I want it to appear.

Q: What are your past graphic design experiences

A: Back in High school , while sophomore year I was given a tech class. In that tech class what was taught was adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. My teacher showed us the basics first with how to use the tools and when they were needed. Every day there was a new lesson given and different art was made with the class using the tools that were taught. I remember the first thing I was introduced to was rgb , which is red,green,and blue light which together creates the full spectrum of colors and I thought that was pretty cool since I never knew about that.