Design Concepts Presentation
(Group Assignment)


Overview: You will use OAKS to organize into groups of 2 to 4. The group #'s are associated with the name of a concept that you will present on. After researching and studying them, you will create a compelling presentation to share your findings and designs with the class. The dates for the presentations will be given once I can see how many groups are formed (next week).


Where to go on OAKS: Click Management>Groups. Then locate the group you desire and checkmark it. I don't think it gives you the option to uncheck it. Therefore, if you make a mistake, feel free to email me and I'll uncheck you.



Which Technology Tool? I would suggest a tool such as PowerPoint, VoiceThread, or YouTube. If you have anything else in mind that you're not sure about, just ask me if it's okay. Either way, you will narrate your presentation.

The Preparation: The presentation must not be text-heavy. Therefore, it's best to avoid the traditional bullet-point style. They are visually boring and being that this is a design oriented presentation, we wish to see strong visuals to accompany the concepts you're discussing. Peruse this article to discover some ways to avoid killing the audience by bullet points.

Here are some additional guidelines and rules for preparing and delivering your presentation:

  • As I indicated above, you will need to narrate your presentation. Try to make it as "alive" as possible.
  • When showing imagery of your design principle or element, use some of your own. (Don't forget because this is one of the requirements) They can be from a past assignment, or you can create them just for this special presentation to us. This makes it more personalized and highly original.
  • Remember that your presentation should be graphics-rich and not dominated by text.
  • Try to be more organic with your images.  In other words, don’t copy ALL of your images from the internet. (And don't forget to observe intellectual property rights rules.) Anyway, surprise us with more unexpected and not-yet-seen imagery.  For instance, if you wanted to display a road sign as an example of shapes or color theory, why not take a photo of one from a familiar street corner rather than copy/paste the staid material from the web.  Or if you want a picture of a flower, why not snap a photo.  These are just two simple examples. Think!! Create!! Wow us!!
  • Please keep in mind that your examples should mostly relate to graphic design, websites, photography, and digital media in general. Avoid having too many examples from lesser related areas such as architecture, interior design, sculpture, and fine art.  The audience should be left with a “can do” feeling in relationship to this course.
  • Be sure to introduce yourselves in whatever way is proper. We still have that disadvantage of not knowing each other like we would in a face to face class.


A Recap of Sorts: Remember that your goal is three-fold:  define, show examples, and inspire. Thus,

  1. Inform the audience of the meaning and maybe purpose of the principle or element.
  2. Provide visual examples from the design world. However, you must include some of your own designs.
  3. Your presentation should inspire application of the principle and/or element. The oral and visual information that you provide should be so compelling, that your audience will garner ideas and be inspired to apply them in their own designs.


Delivery & Submissions:

Delivery: The time limit is 5-10 minutes . 

Final Submission: Get ready to submit it in a way that the rest of the class can see and comment on. I will let you know how to share your link or file. The delivery dates will be between March 5 and 30th.

About the Grade:

This will count as a regular homework assignment, and all group members will get the same grade.