Past Projects

Abstract Alphabet Cube

  • Ultimately, your work will be printed flat and then folded into a 6-sided 3D cube.
  • Use Photoshop!
  • 3 compositions in black and white. No shades of gray or color!  No filters.
  • 3 compositions entirely in color, including the background. No white or black!   No filters.
  • Use only text. No added symbols or images of any kind!
  • No “Lucky Charms” – build off of the beauty/design of the letters themselves.
  • Aim for an abstract design, think about color, layout, font, etc!
  • Document size = 8″ square, 300 resolution.
  • Choose font, color, size, and placement wisely.
  • Post final letter compositions to your blog – must be JPGs.
  • Print smaller scale on b&w printer to check for placement.
  • Place final large, color JPG flattened cube to be printed in shared drive

Suggestions:

  • Do the black and white compositions first.
  • “Pull-out” your corners to see the entire page.
  • Create each addition as a separate layer for more flexibility.
  • Overlap, layer, go off the page. – we should have trouble identifying your letter/#.
  • Be conscious of the principles of design – contrast, balance, space, harmony, emphasis.
  • Suggestions:
    • Do the black and white compositions first.
    • “Pull-out” your corners to see the entire page.
    • Create each addition as a separate layer for more flexibility.
    • Overlap, layer, go off the page.

cubetemplate – download, print in b&w, assemble, modify if necessary, drop file into shared drive to print

Pen Tool Fruit or Veggie

A review/introductory to the pen tool and Illustrator.

Select a fruit or vegetable.
Do a web search and find a quality photo image – not a cartoon!
Place into Illustrator and outline each section with the pen tool.
Try to use as few points as possible.
Concentrate on realistic representation – show highlights, shadows and textures by layering on fill, stroke, gradient, transparency, etc.

Package Design

Find a container in a store, your pantry, closet, etc. that needs a makeover!  Look for bad typography, poor layout, confusing imagery, odd color choice, etc.  The worse, the better!

Bring it in to class.  You will need to keep the company name, product, information facts and other info – color, layout, fonts, imagery, etc. can and should be modified by you!

You will need to make sketches, do online research, download font(s), take photos, etc. for this project to be successful.

Text as Image

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  1. Choose a detailed item
  2. Research (online/in person) what it really looks like
  3. Sketch the item
  4. Work to fit your letters on top.  Use as much space as possible – any part of the item not covered by letters will be erased!
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 as much as necessary
  6. Photograph your sketch(es) and add to blog
  7. Trace sketches in Ai – be sure to add detail
  8. Add to blog, shared drive
  9. Answer questions – done!

Pen Tool Portrait

  • Open Photo Booth
  • Take several crazy photos using effects – your entire head must be in the frame
  • Drag the best shot to the desktop and then into Illustrator
  • Use the pen tool to create many built up layers of color, opacity, transparency, etc to create a very realistic – albeit cartoony self portrait
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Creating a Creative Font

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The challenge:
Create a truly unique font for all 26 letters – numbers and extra characters optional.
Suggestions:* Mull this over for a while. Going to the cafeteria? What could you use there? The art room? Outside? Your house?
* Draw, find, cut, collage…You’ll need:* An extensive list and/or sketches of as many text possibilities as you can imagine (this is a sketchbook assignment!)
* Include all 26 letters A-Z at least somewhat legible.
* Combine all text onto 1 document at least 20 x 30″.Extra common sense:* Nothing wet/sticky/messy near computers! Use digital cameras if scanners don’t make sense!  No food in classrooms.
* No all-computer creations – characters are to be made/photographed in the flesh by you! (Software can certainly be used to “clean up”, stretch, twist, and otherwise manipulate original source material.)Contemporary Connection:Where do fonts come from? Clever and creative folks like you! Check out this site for some inspiration: http://www.handmadefont.com/shop/
 Multiple Me

The challenge:
You… multiplied… in a scene that has some sort of a cohesive narrative. (ie to combine yourself a bunch of times in a somewhat believable situation) 

You will need:

  • List of as many brainstormed ideas as possible.
  • Sketches of variations to flush out ideas.
  • 1 final and exact plan ready to put into production.
  • Incorporate at least 5 pictures of YOU.
  • 1 final 16 x 20″+ jpg, 300 resolution document.
  • Props?  This should be well planned!
How to:
This link shows all steps, but take note of how he interacts with himself while taking the photos.
Open all photos in Photoshop.  (Different tabs, just get them in there!)
I will show you in class, but also watch these step by step instructions and continued here, too.
Mona Lisa

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Inspired by this:  http://haha.nu/arts/artwork/mona-lisa-by-others/

Combine the (perhaps!) world’s most famous painting with another famous style of art or particular work.  Search for some ideas!

  • Impressionism
  • Matisse/Fauvism
  • Picasso/Cubism
  • Roy Lichtenstein/Pop Art
  • Modigliani
  • Sculpture (Easter Island/Venus/Classical/African/Pre-Columbian/etc!)
  • Ancient Egyptian
  • Van Gogh
  • Georgia O’Keefe
  • Jacob Lawrence
  • Klimt
  • Dali
  • etc!  Tell me one!

Some examples on Pinterest here: http://www.pinterest.com/msciccolo/graphic-design-mona-lisa/

Picasso/Giacometti-Style Portrait

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OR………………..

Text as Imagery – non-straight, hand-written words on a photo

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CHOICE PROJECT – figure out what you’re interested in.  What do you wish you had more time for?  Begin by searching for inspiration and add 4+ images to your blog.  Be sure to explain what you’re thinking, too.

IMPOSSIBLE PACKAGE DESIGN – Something that can’t be contained!  On your blog, brainstorm a list of qualities, adjectives, intangibles!

human qualities (good/bad)

an example of actual intangible packaging

Find a container in a store, your pantry, closet, etc. that you like the shape of and that directly shares the meaning of the intangible you want to convey.  This could be a can, spray bottle, jar, etc.  You could spray paint for the color of your choice.  Bring it in to class.

You will need to make sketches, do online research, download font(s), take photos, etc. for this project to be successful.

MINI PROJECT – WEEFC auction logo design or 2 – object text or 3 – choice project

MINI PROJECT – Redesign Wildcat Tracks Header for school newspaper

MINI PROJECT – “Think Before You Ink” Poster for the copy room or Play Poster

From Mr. Minigan:

The inspiration is the early 60s, Fellini-esque.

Necessary text:

The Weston High Theater Company presents ( no “school” in the name)

Much Ado About Nothing
a comedy by William Shakespeare

November 20, 21, 22 at 7:30 pm
Weston High Auditorium

781 786-5980 for info
http://www.ticketriver.com

Below are random images from Fellini films.
<a href=”https://whsdesign.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/fellini-9.jpg”><img src=”https://whsdesign.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/fellini-9.jpg?w=300&#8243; alt=”Fellini 9″ width=”300″ height=”211″ class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-1085″ /></a>
<a href=”https://whsdesign.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/fellini-5.jpg”><img src=”https://whsdesign.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/fellini-5.jpg?w=300&#8243; alt=”Fellini 5″ width=”300″ height=”144″ class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-1086″ /></a>
<a href=”https://whsdesign.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/fellini-2.jpg”><img src=”https://whsdesign.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/fellini-2.jpg?w=300&#8243; alt=”Fellini 2″ width=”300″ height=”168″ class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-1087″ /></a>
<a href=”https://whsdesign.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/fellini-1.jpg”><img src=”https://whsdesign.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/fellini-1.jpg?w=300&#8243; alt=”Fellini 1″ width=”300″ height=”180″ class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-1088″ /></a>
<a href=”https://whsdesign.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/fellini-10.jpg”><img src=”https://whsdesign.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/fellini-10.jpg?w=232&#8243; alt=”Fellini 10″ width=”232″ height=”300″ class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-1089″ /></a>
<a href=”https://whsdesign.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/fellini-11.jpg”><img src=”https://whsdesign.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/fellini-11.jpg&#8221; alt=”Fellini 11″ width=”250″ height=”199″ class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-1090″ /></a>

Playing Cards

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  • Use Photoshop or Illustrator, or both… but start by DRAWING sketches!
  • You must include the back design of your deck
  • 52 cards total! – include all “face cards” and “numbers”
  • Be sure to include suits and all applicable info
  • These should not look like cards I could easily buy somewhere
  • Think wisely about color, layout, font, etc!
  • Document size = 2.16″ x 3.30″, 300 resolution. (5mm rounded corners)
  • Post draft and final compositions to your blog – must be JPGs.
  • Print smaller scale on b&w printer to double check proportions
  • Email me your final, large, color JPGs

Suggestions:

  • Do your research – look here and find your own.
  • “Pull-out” your corners to see the entire page.
  • Create each addition as a separate layer for more flexibility.
  • Be conscious of the principles of design – contrast, balance, space, harmony, emphasis.
  • Feel free to use the b&w printer to occasionally check proportions as you progress… will they be legible?  You are working small!
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