Week Six Goals
We live in a world where we are surrounded by design — signs, posters, book covers, advertisements, company logos, clothing. It’s almost impossible to look around the room you’re sitting in in now and not see 100 example of designed elements or objects.
When done well, good designs can be incrediby effective ways of communicating meaning — and telling stories.
While we can’t become graphic design experts in a week, we can learn a little about what goes into good design and start creating our own designs.
Assignment: Daily Creates
Assignment: Design Reflection
You’ve looked at two videos from different designers (who engage in very different kinds of design) as well as some basic resources to learn the elements of design .How do these three resources influence your own approach to tackling design work this week? Which resonated with you the most any why? Did any of them seem to contradict each other? If so, what do you make of that?
We will be completing a DesignBlitz this week. It’s similar to the PhotoBlitz we did two weeks ago, but instead of taking photos to address particular prompts, we’ll be looking for designed objects in our lives that embody particular design principles and sharing those.
Before you begin, review 8 Basic Principles of Design from the Adobe Web site. Some of these should be familiar from the videos and tutorials you’ve already looked at. Faimiliarize yourself with the 8 concepts.
Share your photos on Instagram using #theend106 #ds106 #designblitz and share your experience completing this assignment in a post on your blog.
Assignment: Alternative Book Cover
Complete the Apocalyptic Alternative Book Cover assignment from the ds106 Assignment Bank, by creating an alternative cover for the book you’re reading for class.
Assignment: Character Design
Survival Camps, Participation, Evidence Hunting
Then, go on Slack and start reaching out to your classmates to form groups. I will give everyone until Sunday at midnight to self-organize. After that, I’ll assign characters to groups.
Groups may not be more than five individuals or fewer than three. When you’ve chosen your final groupmates, one person in the group send me a direct message on Slack with the names of the members.
Assignment: Survival Camp Organization
Assignment: Evidence Hunting
Question of the Week
Group dynamics can be tricky.
What’s been the most succcesful group you’ve been a part of and what made it work?
Assignment: Weekly Post
I had a request in self-evaluations to provide a checklist at the end of each week that lists the work of the week. Here you go:
- 3 Daily Creates (including Tuesday, the 20th) completed on the day the prompt comes out
- Reflection post on the two TED videos and the Canva.com tutorials
- DesignBlitz completed and reflection post about it
- Alternative Book Cover assignment
- Character Design assignment
- Six stars of additional design work, at last 3 of which related to your character (help me find my hat!)
- By Sunday, choose your survival camp; one member private message me on Slack with list of names
- Comment and participate!
- Keep your eyes open for evidence. . .
- Publish your weekly post by Sunday at midnight!