DDaMP – Starting Your Project


Circle in a Circle by Wassily Kandinsky
An influential Russian painter,
professor at the Bauhaus school.

I don’t think there’s any artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing. 

– Francis Ford Coppola

Design & History


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. At the end of this unit, you’ll work toward creating a piece of art utilizing data, numbers, or other mathematical principles.

PDF About Adobe Illustrator CS6
Videos about Illustrator CS6 from Lynda.com
Videos about New Features from Lynda.com
Learning Illustrator Videos on Adobe.tv


Videos of Interest:

Adobe & Non-Format

Starting Our Project

You have a couple options. They are Bauhaus, De Stijl, and Geometric Abstraction, or other geometric historical design styles. You will have almost two weeks, or roughly 6 hours to work on this. Make sure you choose something that can be developed through this period of time. You won’t just be creating a random series of shapes, it actually needs to be a poster for a group or organization around campus. Think about how you might represent the feel and essence of a group through abstraction.


Research each option. Keep track of useful websites. You’ll need them for the write-up that will go with your project. We’ll talk more about that later.

Make sketches of possible ideas, of things that inspire you, of what you want to explore.


Things to think about and plan:

  • Decide which idea is most likely to be successful
  • Create deviations of that idea
  • Experiment in Illustrator to work towards methods of actualization.
  • Determine different ways you can actualize your idea.

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