Session 3A | Nov 28, 2016
Today we are taking a bit of break from our break-neck pace, in order to reflect: on what we've done so far, and what we want to do in future.
This post is an introduction to 3rd chapter of our course, called MEDIA. After learning about rules of visual composition (chapter 1) and how to apply them to create meaning and emotional response (chapter 2), now we will expand of area of interest to see how to create more complex presentations combining text and media, and how to deliver great viewing experience.
Today’s session is dedicated to commenting the students’ work on previous assignment, followed by introduction to Chapter 3 and the final assignment.
In this final chapter of our course, we will go over most important aspects of combining different visual and textual elements into long-form presentations, as well as adopting our content to proper media in order to create not only impactful graphics, but more than anything else – a well-thought of user experience.
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Today’s homework marks the beginning of work on 3rd assignment: making your first portfolio. At this moment I will ask you not to do any design, just think and write down your thoughts on following:
Before you start thinking about these topics, I strongly suggest you download today’s lecture and go through it again to refresh your memory on what the general approach to your portfolio should be, and “warm up” for the creative session.
Important: Do not spend any time designing things, just write them down
Write down your “career objective”. These should be derived from above contemplation on what and where. Think of objectives partly as a way to “find yourself” but try to express yourself in a way that your target audience (ie. people that you send portfolio to) may find appealing. Well expressing your objective is a first step to leaving good impression to your potential employers.
Write down your experience/skills list. Again, do not design, just list down your experience organized around topics such as “working, education, awards, skills…”. If you don’t have sufficient material here (since you’re just starting), use the power of positive visualization and imagine what kind of experience you’d like to have acquired in the next 5 years (where you’d want to intern, awards/competitions you’d like to attend) and write them down also, with dates set in future. This is not just to fill in the missing space, think of this “visualization” exercise as an additional motivation to really go ahead and achieve these goals you are writing about.
Optional: write down project stories. If you find time, try to write down a short story about each project you select to feature in your portfolio. Focus on covering following: the problem > your approach > solution/result; each text should be just a paragraph or two long.
Collect all the material (photos, renderings, drawings) you have for the selected projects you want to feature in your portfolio, and copy them into separate folder (1 project = 1 folder). If you need more material (to download or create yourself), these are the locations you’d want to put them. Bring it all with yourself to class.
Next time we’ll start working in Adobe Illustrator, so make sure you have the software installed and ready to use.