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GRM23 – Week 17

For the purposes of our final project, we’ll refer to any multiple page publication as a “book.”

The minimum number of pages in your book should be 16 pages including front, back and inside covers. You can, of course, go over the 16-page minimum.

The topic of your book is an art and design portfolio. If you choose this topic, please include every project and exercise that we did during the semester. The accompanying text should explain the objectives of the project and an overview of what you learned from the project. Your book can also include projects you worked on outside of class, however, if you do so, create a division between the work from our class and outside work.

Step 1: Create a Dummy book. You’ll create a “mock up” of the finished product, beginning with either the minimum, or anticipated number of pages. Use your Dummy to plan out page numbering and content, remembering that even pages are always on the right and odds on the left.

Step 2: Choose a ‘Style/Format’ for your book. Examples:  Magazine, Newspaper, Comic book, Newsletter, Novel, etc. Your book should include the appropriate sections that comprise the style of book that you have chosen. For example, a book is not printed on the inside front cover, while a magazine is. A book has a title page and the copyright page is on the reverse or in book language, “verso.”

Step 3: Choose the appropriate type of bindery for the type of book you’ll be creating. Consideration should be given to the way in which the book will be handled and used by the intended readership. The type of binding determines the publication’s final page count and dictates the size paper and style of printer or printing press on which the book is printed.  Bindery and usage are of critical importance in the production of the artwork in InDesign, the final step before outputting PDF files to send to “the printer.”

In designing the look of your book, you will be choosing everything! This may be the last time you are given choices, which means…let those creative juices flow. Among your choices as a designer are:

  • Page Size (8.5×11 or 3×5 to name a few possibilities)
  • Book Cover
  • Text Fonts, Headline Font
  • Art/Images – captions
  • Accompanying text…story…narrative
  • Margins – how much space between the text and images and the edge of the page?
  • Columns – How is the horizontal space divided on the page?
  • Rows – How is the vertical space divided on the page?
  • Grid – Following RW’s Design Principles, how do we utilize the grid (columns and rows) to create a “page environment” that has the flexibility to change content from one page to the next, while maintaining a sense of continuity and rhythm that unifies the pages and their content.
  • Printing – how and where do you intend to print your final book. Make plans now!
  • Paper – what type of paper do you want to print on?

GRM23 – Week 15

This week we pick up our exploration of InDesign where we left off with Assignment #1, the Assignment Sheet and InDesign tables. Students will use InDesign to complete the layout of their  4-card greeting card set. The layout of the set is to be created in a single InDesign file. The InDesign features and terminology we’ll learn include:

  • Pages and the Page Palette
  • Master Pages
  • Margins, columns and gutters
  • Table review
  • Create guides
  • Image Placement, Scaling and Cropping
  • Typesetting basics

Review Chapters 3–5 in WSINYE


GRM23 – Week 12

Greeting Card Assignment – due Wednesday, April 23rd

Setting up the greeting card in Illustrator or InDesign – similarities and differences.

GRM23 – Week 11

Otto – due Wednesday, March 19th

Seal – due Wednesday, March 26th

Copyright Essay – due Monday, April 7th

Greeting Card Set – due Wednesday, April 23rd

Last week we continued our study of Illustrator layers and transformations. This week we take a look at type in Adobe Illustrator.

ORBS, ORBS, and more ORBS!!!

Circle ISh

Fancy Lady

my rendition of fancy lady. Didn't print out as well as it looked on the computer tho. :(

my rendition of fancy lady. Didn’t print out as well as it looked on the computer tho. 🙁

Testing, testing.

Pic I took of a glass of apple juice being penetrated by the afternoon light.

Pic I took of a glass of apple juice being penetrated by the afternoon light.

Essay Assignment

  1. NPR Radio Show with Terri Gross – Shepard Fairey: Inspiration or Infringement (7)
  2. Electronic Highway Robbery An Artist’s Guide to Copyrights in the Digital Era by Mary E. Carter (Paperback – July 1996. Buy it used)
  3. Discussion (7)

This week we move on to Adobe Illustrator. As we begin to understand the pen tool, we examine more closely the differences between raster and vector graphics. We’ll review popular cultural images and discuss the designer’s role and responsibility as relates to copyright law.

ESSAY: Copyright (7)
Demonstrate an understanding of intellectual property rights and copyright law as they apply to digital and media arts. Explain the how copyright law can affect the work of a graphic designer.

  • Minimum 1250 words
  • May include photos and illustrations

Due Week 12 – Wednesday, March 26th

GRM-23 Week 8, Session 2

This week, as we begin our survey of Adobe Illustrator, we explore the pen tool and its function in the creation of paths.

We begin learning the Illustrator terminology, studying anchor points, direction lines, straight line segments and curves. Using the templates labeled curve template, corner template and maple leaf template, we practice both the creation of paths, the way segments can join, and the editing of paths.

As we continue our study of Illustrator, we will pay more mind to strokes and fills, transformations, masks and compound paths, Illustrator layers, exporting Illustrator files to other programs.

Because graphic artists need to be cognizant of copyright law, we begin our discussion of copyright as we prepare to study Illustrators fills, strokes, and layers by reviewing Shepard Fairey’s Obama Poster and other graphic illustrations and listening to NPR’s Terry Gross interview.

!!!ATTENTION!!! – Coming Monday, March 3rd

There will be a QUIZ on your reading, both online reading assignments and reading in “White Space” through the end of Chapter 9.

GRM23 – Week 5

We will pick up where we left off last week on the two retouching exercises, Joe Lou and Fancy Lady. After completing the exercises you should have a better understanding of:

  • levels
  • adjustment layers vs. image>adjustments
  • cloning principles
  • making selections
  • intro to photoshop’s pen tool
  • refining selection edges
  • quick mask
  • colorizing bw images