Minimalism…A Step in the Right Direction.

January 30, 2013 in News/Updates

One of the biggest problems for most students just starting out in design is figuring out how much is “just enough” in terms of elements within a design. Many of you are wrapping up your second version/revision of your logotypes, and a few of you have asked me the same question: “Is this good enough?” or, “I don’t know what more to add.” If you haven’t picked up on this by now (through class discussion, numerous examples I’ve linked to, concepts we’ve talked about, etc.), less is often more in design. Simplicity, while maintaining creativity is the key (this video says is best). You must first learn to balance the message of your design (remember, graphic design is VISUAL communication) with the elements you choose to include within that design. Some of you still struggle to find that balance, and often fall back on adding extra effects (drop shadows, outer glows, extra shapes, mismatched fonts, etc.). So, I’m going to challenge you with a project that will force you to think outside of the box, and REQUIRE you to be SIMPLISTIC.


Minimalist Movie Poster…Let’s Get Started.


Course Introduction Surveys

January 23, 2013 in News/Updates

I would like to welcome all of my new students this semester! For me as an instructor, it’s my goal to get to know everyone a little better (both educationally and personally) as we begin this semester. To help me better understand where you come from, what goals you have, expectations for this course, and even how you best learn, take some time, and complete the appropriate survey below for the class in which you are enrolled. I’m looking forward to a great semester with you all.

-Digital Photography

-Digital Design I

-Fundamentals of Web Design

Welcome Back…Change Should Be Welcomed.

January 22, 2013 in News/Updates

Welcome to the second semester. This course is going to be changing and evolving over the course of the next few weeks, just as you are hopefully changing and evolving in your design work.

To start everything off, now that everyone has had a chance to try out WordPress, create a basic site, and create simple posts, we will be incorporating our blogs/sites more throughout the remainder of the year. You will be evaluated on the content you post as well as ensuring you are keeping your working portfolio up to date.

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All Good Things Must Come to an End…

January 16, 2013 in News/Updates

At least that’s how I view the ending of a semester (I’m sure opinions may differ). For most of my students, this is where the road ends (for now). Many of you have shown considerable progress from the first day you walked through the door, completely unsure of the class and what you would be doing. I’ve seen quite a few of you who claimed you “have no creativity whatsoever,” disprove that theory, and then some. Whether it was photography, design, publication layout, etc., I was very happy with the pride many of you took in your work. I could see plenty of you push yourselves with each project, asking advice, researching for inspiration, etc.

As our time together draws to a close, I’ll let you in on a little secret. Your opinions matter. Your feedback matters. The very projects you completed this semester were born out of suggestions and feedback from your peers that passed through before you. Just like them, your feedback will also have an impact on future students taking my courses. Because, frankly, you (the students) are on the receiving end of every aspect of these classes, and I’m sure there are things you like, things you didn’t like, things I did as an instructor you didn’t like, and maybe…hopefully, things I did as an instructor that you liked. Here’s your chance to let me know how I did…and let me know what you thought about the course in general.

Remember…this is completely anonymous, so BE HONEST!

I hope everyone has a great second half of the year, and I hope to see some of you again in other classes in the future!



The Importance of Revision…

January 9, 2013 in News/Updates

I usually don’t start these posts out with an inspirational or applicable quote pertaining to our topic for the week for fear of being unoriginal (see Mike Scocko’s blog), but this quote IS pretty spot on for where we’re heading.

-Everything is designed. Few things are designed well. -Brian Reed

As we’re entering our second half of the year, we’re nearing a benchmark for your design skills. Some of your are going the extra mile with your designs (researching, asking questions, trying new things, reading tutorials, etc.), while some of you are more complacent with meeting the requirements. The second illustration assignment was your first opportunity at a revision of previous work of sorts. Quite a few of you stepped up with VERY much improved designs over your first project. We’re going to take a step back, however, to our logotypes, and begin making revisions to these. This is going to be both a welcome relief to most of you (in terms of complexity of the project), but also a challenge to develop a simple, effective, but professional looking design that represents YOU personally.

One thing about design is that you should NEVER be satisfied with your work. Think of every project as a work in progress. Challenge yourself to better your design, find ways to improve what you may initially think needs no improvement, and always be open to feedback. The second you start accepting mediocrity, that’s the moment when all creativity is lost.

You already have a gallery of our class logotypes from the first round, but don’t forget to research, research, and research more for ideas (here’s a GREAT start). You all have the ability to choose custom fonts now, so font choice should NOT be a limitation. Don’t forget to show CONTRAST (varying font weight, size, color, tracking, kerning, etc.).



Update:New Video Added:

-Tips for revising your logotypes