Week #10 – Midterm Revisions & Critique on 4/18/18

Week #10 – Midterm Revisions & Critique

I hope everyone had a great spring break! As you know this coming Wednesday 4/11/18 BMCC will follow a Friday class schedule so we will not be meeting in person.

We will meet again on Wednesday 4/18/18 at 5:30pm.

On this evening we will have a lot to do. 🙂

The first hour of our class lab will be dedicated to revising our Midterm Projects based on the critique we had right before spring break. If you need to review the assignment guidelines and specifications please go here <—

We will need to print two copies of your work. One to manually hand in to me for the collaborative zine (we will put it together as a group) and one to put up on the critique board for our discussion.

Week #9

Week #9

**Midterm Project – Full Lab Session & class critique** 

(The example image above is an RGB mode JPEG formatted for screen resolution and the web, however, when you click on the image it directs you to a print ready CMYK formatted PDF).

Specific Communication – Composition, Type, Image & Color – Solving Problems

Project Title – “Collaborative ZINE”

(This will be a cross CUNY campus collaboration project with CUNy York College CT101 Digital Storytelling Students!)

We will have a full lab session to work on and prepare our Mid-term projects this week during our class time tonight on 3/28/18 due to the snow cancellation last week. We will present our final designs in class tonight as well – 3/28/18. (and continued after spring break if we need to as well)

Design Specs  – As per our conversation during our last class session – You have been selected to contribute 2 pages to a collaborative magazine that produces a quarterly publication in both a printed edition and an online digital version. Your submission to the publication will creatively communicate how technology and creativity are powerful tools for inspiration, digital storytelling and design. You have the creative freedom to produce and generate your contributions with full autonomy, however, your final submissions should display an integrated composition of imagery (use of layers and opacity) along with text. (see example above)

Students will have the ability to revise the works after the first critique and submit their updated iterations.

***Size Requirements – 8.5 X 11 inches Vertical

Usage of Imagery – Students should NOT randomly use images that find on the Internet, especially with out proper attribution to its creator. Please refer to our class resources page and work from the numerous repositories of public domain and creative commons sources – go here – https://bmccmma100.commons.gc.cuny.edu/course-resources/

Software Skill Showcase – Over the past 6 weeks we have toggled through learning various techniques and methods working with both adobe photoshop and illustrator. All image related composing and manipulations should be generated in photoshop, saved as a .psd file and placed into a new illustrator document (sized at 8.5 X 11 CMYK color mode) for typesetting and laying down text. (Please do not use photoshop for adding text with this assignment).

Submissions – Students will save all of their work and submit a compressed folder of all of their working files. This will include the original .psd photoshop and .Ai illustrator files – A .pdf saved via illustrator for print (display for class critique on 3/28/18) and one high resolution jpeg. for the digital zine publication on this website. (Convert to smart object and e-mail to me).

***I will give a demonstration on creating the folder and compressing it for submission on 3/28.

HAVE FUN!

YES, you MAY create more than the minimum of two examples that you are being asked to complete! 

Week #8

Week #8

**Midterm Project – Full Lab Session**

(The example image above is an RGB mode JPEG formatted for screen resolution and the web, however, when you click on the image it directs you to a print ready CMYK formatted PDF).

Specific Communication – Composition, Type, Image & Color – Solving Problems

Project Title – “Collaborative ZINE”

We will have a full lab session to work on and prepare our Mid-term projects this week during our class time on 3/21/18 . We will present our final designs in class on 3/28/18.

Design Specs  – As per our conversation during our last class session – You have been selected to contribute 2 pages to a collaborative magazine that produces a quarterly publication in both a printed edition and an online digital version. Your submission to the publication will creatively communicate how technology and creativity are powerful tools for inspiration, digital storytelling and design. You have the creative freedom to produce and generate your contributions with full autonomy, however, your final submissions should display an integrated composition of imagery (use of layers and opacity) along with text. (see example above)

Students will have the ability to revise the works after the critique on 3/28 if they wish.

***Size Requirements – 8.5 X 11 inches Vertical

Usage of Imagery – Students should NOT randomly use images that find on the Internet, especially with out proper attribution to its creator. Please refer to our class resources page and work from the numerous repositories of public domain and creative commons sources – go here – https://bmccmma100.commons.gc.cuny.edu/course-resources/

Software Skill Showcase – Over the past 6 weeks we have toggled through learning various techniques and methods working with both adobe photoshop and illustrator. All image related composing and manipulations should be generated in photoshop, saved as a .psd file and placed into a new illustrator document (sized at 8.5 X 11 CMYK color mode) for typesetting and laying down text. (Please do not use photoshop for adding text with this assignment).

Submissions – Students will save all of their work and submit a compressed folder of all of their working files. This will include the original .psd photoshop and .Ai illustrator filesA .pdf saved via illustrator for print (display for class critique on 3/28/18) and one high resolution jpeg. for the digital zine publication on this website. (Convert to smart object and e-mail to me).

***I will give a demonstration on creating the folder and compressing it for submission on 3/28.

HAVE FUN!

YES, you MAY create more than the minimum of two examples that you are being asked to complete! 

 

 

BMCC MMA100 Computer Lab hours • Locations • Software Spring 2018

Seeking additional lab time outside of class to work on your MMA100 projects and revisions?

Here is the info that you will need – Click here for the spring 2018 open lab hours, locations & software available.

Looking for help outside of class with a tutor? Click here for the availability of tutors.

Download or print a copy and e-mail me with any questions.

Week #7

Week #7 & (Week 6 – Snow Storm Catch-Up & Review)

Did you miss week #6 ? Re-cap here Go HERE

(Week #6s’ website content included several resources on typography, color theory and two great talks by John Maeda).

Upon arrival to class this evening 3/14 please review the information below:

1. Please print and pin up your Elements & Principles of Design assignments (print as pdf. files)** Class critique.

2.  Class Exercise – If you have not yet done so, Please complete the lab work on week #5s in class assignment on shape, form, variety, color & composition using Illustrator. Click here for a .pdf example.

*Be sure to add your name and course info as seen in the example. Print your work as a .pdf as well as by exporting it for the web as a .jpeg file (we will recap in class).

3. Class Discussion & Assignment – Applying type to Images, fonts, typefaces, composition, formatting and output for print & the web..

Typefaces and Fonts are built out of shapes and forms. Integrated with color and interesting compositions they become a powerful tool for creative output and the ability to solve design problems through visual communication.

Assignment – Poster Design with Type & the Alphabet. Create a new poster design using typography. Students will generate a balanced composition using each individual letter of the alphabet. The examples above are just a few potential examples of style, simplicity and efficiency.

Size requirements – 8.5 inches X 11 inches

Typefaces – Limit yourself to no more than 5-6 different fonts and 4 color values.

Step 1 – Find and discover your own inspiration and share the URLs in the comments section below. Each student will add 2-3 Urls of their inspiration in the comment section before starting this assignment.

Things to consider – Layout & balance – Using rulers and grids. Free transformation & typesetting style.

 

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4. **Midterm Project Discussion & Assignment**

Specific Communication – Composition, Type, Image & Color – Solving Problems

Project Title – “Collaborative ZINE”

We are at the mid-point of the semester! Wow! Lets discuss our Mid-term project and up coming critique. We will have a full lab session to work on and prepare our Mid-term projects next week during our class time on 3/21/18 . We will present our final designs in class on 3/28/18.

Design Specs – You have been selected to contribute 2 pages to a collaborative magazine that produces a quarterly publication in both a printed edition and an online digital version. Your submission to the publication will creatively display how technology and creativity are powerful tools for inspiration, digital storytelling, communication and design. You have the creative freedom to produce and generate with full autonomy.

Size Requirements – 8.5 X 11 inches Vertical

Submissions – pdf. for print (display for class critique on 3/28/18) and one high resolution jpeg. for the digital zine publication on this website. (Convert to smart object and e-mail to me).

 

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Week #6


Week #6

Did you miss week #5 or need a re-cap? Go HERE

**Please print and pin up your Elements & Principles of Design assignments (print as pdf. files)** Class critique.

Class Exercise – Continued lab work on last week’s in class assignment on shape, form, variety, color & composition using Illustrator. Click here for a .pdf example.

*Be sure to add your name and course info as seen in the example.

Color Theory Help?

Adobes awesome Color Wheel Simulator – Shared via Petra (Thank You!)

GO HERE to Experiment

Typography Continued: Class video screening – 

Typography in Adobe Illustrator – Screening – Usefulness

Class Discussion – Applying type to Images, fonts, typefaces, composition, formatting and output to print & the Web..

Class project – Poster Design with Type & the Alphabet.

Typefaces and Fonts are built out of shapes and forms. Integrated with color and interesting compositions they become a powerful tool for creative output and the ability to solve design problems through visual communication.

Assignment – Create a new poster design using typography and a balanced composition using each individual letter of the alphabet. The examples above are just a few potential examples. Find and discover your own inspiration and share the URLs in the comments section below. Each student will add 2-3 Urls in the comment section.

Size requirements – 8.5 inches X 11 inches

Typefaces – Limit yourself to no more than 5-6 different fonts and 4 color values.

Things to consider – Layout & balance – Using rulers and grids. Free transformation & typsetting style.

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**Midterm Project Discussion –

Specific Communication – Composition, Type, Image & Color – Solving Problems

Next week is the mid point of the semester! Wow! Lets discuss our Mid-term project and up coming critique. We will have a full lab session to work on and prepare our Mid-term projects.

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Video Screening – John Maeda

Who is John Maeda and why is he Important in Design? 

Talk on Design – Circa 2008 & 2012

Media + Tech Talk – FOCUS ON NONFICTION @BMCC

Dear MMA100 Students::
Consider attending this great upcoming event:
Media + Tech Talk
FOCUS ON NONFICTION
 
Tuesday, March 6th at 6 PM
Room N451
All students, faculty and staff are welcome.
 
Admission is Free.
 
Refreshments will be served!
Join four award-winning filmmakers in a discussion about careers in documentary production.
 
Guest panelists: 
Andrea Swift, Writer, Producer, Director

Eliana Álvarez Martinez, Director, Cinematographer
Nydia Marsella, Producer, Editor, On Camera Talent

Penelope Falk, Editor, Producer
Moderated by:
Professor Anastassios Rigopoulos