Projects

These projects require more time and attention to detail than the daily work. They are worth 25 points.

1. Photo package

  • Using whatever camera you have available, go out and shoot a lot of photos (a minimum of 40) of one topic/subject. Do yourself a favor, and choose someone (or a group of someones) DOING something.
  • Incorporate the composition techniques and other tips we discussed in class.
  • Strive for candid (non-posed) photos and work to make your images tell a story.
  • Choose your FOUR or FIVE best photos that work together to tell the story.
  • Size, crop and prep your photos using Adobe Photoshop. (no graphic approaches/editing)
  • Write complete captions for each photo.
  • Post your images into one post, each with it’s own caption, on the website.
  • Try writing a good headline for your photo story — good headlines have a subject and verb. They also pique reader’s interest and give a general idea what the story is about.
Photo package will be graded on:
  • Use of human subjects (at least three have to include a human).
  • A variety of shots (wide, medium, tight).
  • Photos work well together to tell a story.
  • Composition.
  • Exposure.
  • Visual interest — there is a focal point/subject in each image.
Photos must be shot for this assignment — not photos you’ve shot in the past.

2. Photo Scavenger Hunt (IN CLASS ASSIGNMENT)
Spend class time (or the equivalent of class time at another time) out on campus doing the photo scavenger hunt — shooting photos that meet the criteria in the instructions you received in class. Remember, on this assignment, you will be graded on the quality of your photos: focal point, composition, clean background, interesting angles, etc. BEFORE YOU POST, RE-READ THE INSTRUCTIONS so you don’t lose points for not following directions.
Categories: Scavenger hunt

3. Typography Project #1 – Resumé
Using your newfound typography skills and InDesign, take a stab at creating a resume for yourself in InDesign. Choose an appropriate font at an appropriate size. Then use size, weight and spacing to organize your resume. Create good hierarchy and make a resumé that is scalable and easy to navigate. It’s ok if you don’t have a ton of professional experience to put on your resume just yet. Go back into high school if you need to (organizations, leadership, jobs, etc.) and use these things as placeholders until you start adding internships and relevant job experience.
Category: Print out and bring to class

4. Typography Project #2 – Quick Reads 
 Provided is the text for three (3) separate quick reads.
  • 5 autumn trees
  • First 5 Home Shocker Men’s Basketball Games
  • Shocker Sound Machine Q&A
Your job is to use your newfound typography skills to create these three quick reads (think sidebars/info boxes in newspapers, newsletters and magazines). Make good typeface choices and use size/weight/color/etc. to help create visual contrast and to help organize/prioritize the information. Grab a couple magazines to find examples and model yours after one.
  • You may use color, tints, bullets, shapes, etc.
  • You may NOT use photos, illustrations, graphics, etc. on these.
  • Create an separate file/jpeg for each quick read, but post all three jpegs together in one post on the website.
Here’s a Word file with the text: Quick reads text

5. Design Project #1 – Advertisement
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6. Design Project #2 – Promotional Flyer
Design a flyer for The Sunflower ad sales team to use in selling ads for a special basketball tournament issue in the spring. It could be hung up on walls, but mostly, it would be used to hand out to potential clients.
  • 8.5 x 11 inches (portrait or landscape, you pick)
  • Use a column or grid structure
  • Use the content provided (you may pick and choose — don’t have to use all)
  • You’ll be graded on typography plus: focal point, contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity, balance, movement and unity.
  • Don’t commit any of the layout sins.

Here are three download folders. The copy (text) is in the first one. All three download folders have images.

And the logos:


7. Design Project #2 – Social Media Design
Create three pieces for a social media campaign for either:
1. Kansas Humane Society
2. An organization/group/business you’re involved with or have access to — have to be able to acquire art quickly (You do not have to take the photos yourself.)
You will create:
  • Three visual posts.
  • Choose three different tactics (one each): quote, brand awareness, announcement, event promotion, gain support/volunteers, fundraise, sell a product/service
  • Size: 800 x 800 pixels OR 1,200 x 630 pixels (make sure you choose PIXELS)
  • Write a brief caption — the text that would accompany the visual post on social media — for each piece.
Objectives:
  • Create three different pieces that follow a consistent style (colors, graphics, fonts, etc.).
  • Use excellent typography skills for quick readability.
  • Practice visual branding.
  • Incorporate design principles (contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity, focal point, movement, etc.) in a relatively small piece.
Post all three pieces with their captions together in one post of the class website.
Here is a Word doc with text you may pull from for your visual posts & captions, as well as a couple folders of photos to download:
Category: Design Project: Social Media

Final Project — Presentation design

Here are the instructions:

NOPE — You don’t have to do this one (Fall 2018 / Spring 2019)
9. Final Project — Portfolio 
Category: Portfolio
Create a digital portfolio that includes at least the following:
  • Resume (5 pts)
  • PHOTO: Best 4 photos from scavenger hunt (10 pts)
  • PHOTO: Photo package (10 pts)
  • TYPOGRAPHY: Story design (10 pts)
  • TYPOGRAPHY: Movie nights poster (10 pts)
  • TYPOGRAPHY: 3 Quick reads (10 points)
  • DESIGN: Promotional flyer — Sunflower ad sales (10 pts)
  • DESIGN: Social media campaign (3 pieces on same group/company) (10 pts)
  • DESIGN: Magazine layout (10 pts)
Remaining 15 points go to the overall quality of the portfolio.
  • Easy to navigate
  • Easy to figure out what the reader is looking at
  • Good descriptions of the pieces and what they were created for
  • Visual look and organization
  • Editing (no spelling errors/typos)
  • Following directions