These short articles were chosen to help bring more clarity to what the term “graphic design”, and therefore the course, is all about. The one on "trends" will hopeful provide some visual inspiration as well as aspirations.
As we pursue the theory and hands-on activities of the course, it helps to be on the same page regarding what is involved in graphic design. Surely there are a variety of reasons why students enroll in this course. All of these reasons are appreciated and I am delighted that you are here. To get the most out of this learning experience, let’s begin by reading and reflecting on articles which provide just enough 101 knowledge to get everyone up to speed before the hands-on practice begins next week.
The three articles are linked below. Whereas all three are enlightening, I am only asking you to report on ANY TWO of them.
After your readings, you are to submit a reflection paper with the following guidelines:
- 1 to 2 pages, 12 pt. font, and 1" margins. It does not matter whether your double space or provide other forms of spacing before and after paragraphs.
- Although it is permissible to include some bullet points, the overall format should be in expository/paragraph form.
- It is a good idea to include short subheadings if your paper is more than a page.
- Don’t forget the proper heading with your name, date, and any other descriptive information as you desire.
- Citations are NOT needed unless you use additional resources.
Required Organization of Your Paper:
- In your own words, give the title and brief synopsis of each article. This should be about 100-150 words combined.
Your paper should contain at least three of these discussion points. (Remember to compose as an exposition, and not as a list.)
- What information or ideas discussed in the articles resonate with things that you already know about the topic?
- Were you surprised to learn anything from your readings?
- Cite a few ways that information in the articles can apply to life as a designer or life in general?
- What questions might you have after reading the articles, and what further explorations do you have in mind to help with the answers?
- Can you make any connections with the information in the articles and any marketing that you've noticed? Certainly, this is a very broad question. Just to be sure you understand where I'm going with it, I'll point to a simple example: "the way that color is used to convey certain emotions about a product you're familiar with."
- Although not all of the articiles are issue-oriented, feel free to mention any examples of faulty reasoning or points in the article that you disagree with.
Review your paper and make sure that it contains well organized thoughts with a proper introduction, body and conclusion.
- Upload your Word or PDF document to OAKS dropbox called “Graphic Design Reflections”
- Due date is Tuesday, January 19th at 6PM.