Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
– Charles Eames
Why do we Design?
Adobe Illustrator (link)
For this unit, we will be learning and using Adobe Illustrator CS6. Adobe Illustrator is a graphic creation software used to create Vector-based works. It is used by professionals in a variety of industries and fields.
Concepts to know and understand
Principles of Design- How the designer arranges the elements of their work.
Repetition: A Principle of Design- When an object, color, shape, or other significant element is seen more than once in the work. Often associated with pattern, it can create a feeling of unity or movement. Want to learn more?
Pattern: A Principle of Design- The repeating of an object, or series of objects, many times throughout the work. This principle of design often pairs with repetition. Want to learn more?
Working in Illustrator: Looking at Composition
Find a website that you find visually appealing, take a screenshot of it (command + shift + 4) and open it in illustrator. Just as we broke up the work of art into a composition of rectangles, do the same here. However, I’m not limiting you to only rectangles in the event you may need other shapes. When choosing the rectangle tool, if you click and hold, you can choose other shapes as well.
When finished, post the original and your layout break down on your blog. Give me a few sentences on what you liked about the layout of the original website.
You can see my example, and the original. I think the scribble effect I applied to my shapes is neat, and feels like a designer’s rough sketch of a layout. How did I do that? I applied the scribble effect through the ‘Graphic Styles‘ palette in the toolbar on the right side of the screen. It wasn’t just sitting there when I opened the graphic styles palette, I had to click on the Library icon (the three little books in the bottom left of the palette window) and find them.
Do the same thing as you did above, but instead, search for magazine layouts. Choose one that has a layout you find visually appealing.
You can see my example, and the original. Oops, I left out the dividing lines that separate the two big blocks of text from each other and from the title and subtitle above them. Good thing it’s just a daily exercise and not a big project.
Look into Bauhaus design. Bauhaus design has influenced work in poster, magazine, and other print to design to architecture and other areas. On your blog, describe what your seeing in the works your own words? Find a few a examples you like and put them on your blog.
There’s a video on Time’s website about the Bauhaus School. Don’t use it as your only source to see some of the work from and influenced by Bauhaus, but its a good start and a much faster way to get an overview of the school’s history.
Take home 6 thin strips of brown paper, one thick brown strip, and a half sheet of cream colored paper. Create a non-representational composition you find appealing. You may manipulate all materials as you deem appropriate. Be ready for mini-critique at the start of next class.
Wassily Kandinsky. Watercolor & Ink. 1924
Tom Evans. Indiana University. 2000
Elements & Principles Icons >>
The J. Paul Getty Museum. 2011
Digital Arts Online UK Layout >>
Mr. S Uu. 2012
Mr. S Uu. 2012