DAaA- 11/5

Half Her Heart’s Duet by Cynthia Sheppardt
Sheppardt is a digital designer from Fairfax, Virginia.
Sheppardt’s background is actually in traditional media,
but she also makes use of digital media in the current market.

How do we Represent Ourselves?

For this six weeks, we’ll be primarily using Photoshop. In the new version of Photoshop CS6, Video has been added to its capabilities (albeit it was already available in previous versions if you had the extended version). They also made a lot of upgrades to what you can do with video in PS. Photoshop, most of the time, however is not used for video, and what you can do with it has a very broad range of applications.

Learn More About Photoshop
Adobe’s CS6 Photoshop Extended

Current Work

Major Project

Your project for this six weeks is related to portraiture. You’ll have to plan several different ideas for portraits. It could be a portrait of yourself, or someone you know- but not just some random stranger or imaginary character.

Portraits can very a lot. Some portraits are very realistic, just about the way a person looks, or appears. Others are more about the way the person feels. Some portraits are more about what a person does or spends their time. Do some research, look into some of the different portrait work out there, both modern and historical, both realistic/surreal and abstract/non-representational.

Once you finish filming, and put your finished product together, the last part is to create your evaluation document. It should contain all the stuff from the Criteria that isn’t obvious in the product itself. This would include parts of your design and plan you’ve already shown me, such as script, storyboard, and back-up ideas in case this product didn’t work.

You can see the Criterion by which IB looks at technology projects at any time here. So, to get maximum points on the fifth part (evaluate), IB states the following should be fulfilled.

“The success of the product and the student’s own performance are evaluated based on results of product testing in respect to design specification and views of intended users. Possible improvements to both product and student’s performance on each stage of the design cycle are described. An appropriate evaluation of the impact to the product on the environment, society, and life is produced.”

So, what exactly, does this mean? Let’s break it down.

The success of the product and the student’s own performance are evaluated based on results of product testing in respect to design specification and views of intended users.

You are required to evaluate your own work, both of the product and of your efforts to complete the product. Evaluating yourself inaccurately is not to your benefit. Your evaluation should be based on product testing and adherence to the design specification.

Possible improvements to both product and student’s performance on each stage of the design cycle are described.

What could you have done better, both concerning your finished product and your work ethics. This evaluation should be made for EACH part of the design cycle.

An appropriate evaluation of the impact to the product on the environment, society, and life is produced.

Evaluate how your finished product could impact more than just yourself, such as the environment, society, or other aspects of life.

See Previous four posts for information regarding Criteria for your Create & Plan & Design & Investigation (research) stages.

Other Options

At various times during the year, you will have other options. This six weeks, you have two options instead of portraiture.

The first option is to create a work of digital art for the Reflections Contest.

The second option is the Open The Door Project. For this project, you’d be designing 3×6 ft door. Selected designs will actually be created with local and international artists, and then displayed around the city. Ask me if you’d like more info on it.

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