September 7th, 2016


  1. Completed Project #1: Phase 1: Discover
  2. Have your original full-resolution artifact photographs available to work with. (via Dropbox, Google Drive, flash drive)
  3. Materials Needed (check Supply List):

Groupwork Vocabulary Review (15 min)

Goal: To better understand the Project 1 Principles.

Activity: Break into groups of 3-4 students, review and present project Principles.

Your group will be given one of the following compositional concepts to present:

  • Obvious Figure-Ground Relationship: An obvious figure-ground will have an imbalance of figure and ground (70/30), wherein the ground “supports” or surrounds the figure.
  • Ambiguous Figure-Ground Relationship: An ambiguous figure-ground will have a closer balance of figure and ground (50/50), wherein the differentiation between figure and ground become unclear. Often elements of the composition will intersect the boundaries of the frame.

Research and discuss your group’s concept. Following these guidelines and outcomes:

  • Designate 1 speaker and 1 idea recorder
  • Make a free-flowing list of ideas related to your concept.
  • Refine definitions in your group’s own words and find examples of your concept (student work, drawing on chalkboard, book, magazine, or online images)
  • Present the definition and at least 2 examples of the principle.

Critique (30 min)

Project #1 | Urban Artifacts Posts and Map Contributions

  • Based on the Project #1: Phase 1: Discover guidelines, discuss what is successful and what needs improvement.
  • What does your blog post communicate? How could the presentation be improved?
  • Take notes. Plan to improve your posts and map contributions based on feedback before next class.

Demo (15 min)

Lab (1 hr 30 min)


  1. Complete Project #1: Phase 2 – Define. Come prepared to present your work. If you don’t have access to Photoshop or similar, plan to work at school in one of the computer labs.
  2. If you haven’t kept up with COMD posting and commenting on the PLAY WTH YOUR PROBLEMS blog… ASK FOR HELP! You will have until next class to do so and then points will be deducted from your grade.
  3. Materials Needed (check Supply List):

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