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

1. 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

2. 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.    

3. Typography Project #1 – Resumé  Instructions in class.    

4. Typography Project #2 – Quick Reads   

Part I: Recreate this little quick read. 

Part II: Provided is the text for three (3) separate quick reads. Pick one of these two to create a quick read.

  • 5 autumn trees
  • First 5 Home Shocker Men’s Basketball Games

  Your job is to use your newfound typography skills to create two 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 a separate file/jpeg for each quick read, but post two jpegs together in one post on the website.

  Here’s a Word file with the text: Quick reads text

5. Design Project #1 – Promotional Flyer

Redesign this flyer:

  • 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.


CLICK HERE to download the folder of images.

6. Design Project #2 – Social Media Campaign

Create three pieces for a social media campaign for either:

1. Kansas Humane Society

2. 316 Elite Baseball

3. 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, but you may.)  

You will create:

  • Three visual posts.
  • Choose three different tactics for your posts. Examples: 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)

Objectives / What you’ll be graded on

  • 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.

Humane Society: 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:
Kansas Humane Society info
Woofstock 2
Critter Camp

Amy’s dogs

Baseball — Photos and Word doc all in one download folder:

Download baseball photos

6. Design Project #3 (choice of magazine spread or infographic)

Infographic option: You may make it whatever size you would like, and you may use any combination of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. You may create art/icons or use any images with proper permission (you’ve asked the creator or used photos that have been made available through Creative Commons).

Here is the text/information:

How we spend our time

The average American lives 78 years.

28.3 years – sleeping

10.5 years – working

9 years – TV, Video games, social media

6 years – doing household chores

4 years – eating and drinking

3.5 years – education

2.5 years – grooming

1.5 years – child care

1.3 years – commuting

9 years – other (How will you spend it?)

Data from World Bank Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Based on U.S. population

Magazine option: Design a spread (2 facing pages) using just ONE of the story folders below. Each folder has a story and several photos to choose from. I have also provided an InDesign file that has margins/grids already set as well as typography stylesheets (PARAGRAPH STYLES) already built in as well as a color palette in SWATCHES.

New Symphony in the Flint Hills executive director

Matfield Green Artist



InDesign file

7. Final Project — Portfolio 
Category: Portfolio
DUE: 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
(See two posts under the INSTRUCTIONAL tab with resources for digital publishing.)
Create a digital portfolio that includes at least the following:
  • TYPOGRAPHY: Resume (10 pts)
  • PHOTO: Best 4 photos from scavenger hunt (10 pts)
  • PHOTO: Photo package (10 pts)
  • TYPOGRAPHY: 2 Quick reads (10 points)
  • DESIGN: Promotional flyer — Game Night (10 pts)
  • DESIGN: Social media (3 pieces on same group/business) (10 pts)
  • DESIGN: Magazine layout OR Infographic (10 pts)
  • DEADLINE: Link on the site by 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 10 (10 pts.)
Remaining 20 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