jill honeycutt

DESIGNER + EDUCATOR + CREATIVE THINKER

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION AND PREREQUISITES

None. However, students are encouraged provide their own laptop with the Adobe Creative Suite (we will use: InDesign, Illustrator, and, Photoshop exclusively. The student version of Adobe CC is acceptable).

ARTS 104 is an introduction to the concepts and techniques utilized in the layout of graphic presentations. This includes basic typography, use of color, design principles; integration of type, graphic elements and images. The semester will focus on professional presentation practices that may result in portfolio development, resumes, presentations, etc. Students will be working with the Adobe Creative Suite; predominantly Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. You will learn how and why the individual programs integrate with each other to achieve professional results.


LEARNING OUTCOMES OR COURSE OBJECTIVES

To understand the principles and process of graphic design, its philosophy, contemporary notions and techniques, and develop a unique voice through practice.

KNOWLEDGE. Identify and apply the elements and principles of design

KNOWLEDGE. Define and identify basic elements of typography

COMPREHENSION. Identify, choose and apply appropriate Adobe software for specific tasks within a project

APPLICATION. Employ self-imposed time-management skills

SYNTHESIS. Develop and create a finished portfolio applying concepts and knowledge from the course

EVALUATION. Analyze, evaluate and apply the critique process as a means to strengthen personal work


day 1

Wednesday, May 30   

DAILY PLAYLISTS: 6/1 Playlist

 - intro to class, syllabus, lynda.com, google drive     

 - assigned exercise: Yeti

*Link to Yeti found here

Yeti due BEFORE class on Monday 06/04. 

*Turn in Yet Exercise here

Topics covered:

  • What is Illustrator?
  • Document set-up    
  • Artboards
  • Grids              
  • Guides            
  • Bleeds                
  • Saving variations
  • Installing fonts        
  • Layers
  • Tools    

day 2 

Friday, June 01

DAILY PLAYLISTS: 6/4 Playlist

- assigned exercise: Wisegarver

Wisegarver due BEFORE class on Monday 06/04

*Turn in Wisegarver Exercise here

Topics covered:

  • Shortcuts        
  • Color—CMYK vs. RGB
  • Shape tools        
  • Pen tool
  • Pathfinder        
  • Type on path  
 

day 3

Monday, June 04

DAILY PLAYLISTS: 6/6 Playlist

- illustrator quiz 1   
- assigned exercise: Wise Men

Wise Men due BEFORE class on Wednesday 06/06

*Turn in Wise Men exercise here. 

   Topics covered:   

  • Clipping Mask        
  • Appearance Panel
  • Type Panel        
  • Character Panel
  • Outlining text        
  • Type on curve

day 4

Topics covered:   

  • Object            
  • Blend tool
  • Transform        
  • Pattern
  • Offset            
  • Expand
  • Rotate tool

Wednesday, June 06

DAILY PLAYLISTS: 6/8 Playlist

- illustrator quiz 2     

- assigned project: illustrator stamp project   

 - work in-class on stamp concepts


day 5

Topics covered:   

  • Basic Typography / Sans Serif / Serif
  • Leading
  • Kerning
  • Tracking
  • Hyphen, En Dash, Em Dash
  • Left Justify, Right Justify, Centered, Justify 
  • Facing Pages / Spreads
  • Gutter

Friday, June 08

DAILY PLAYLISTS: 6/11 Playlist

- 20 minute printed stamp critique     

- final illustrator wrap-up + concepts

- intro to indesign


day 6

Monday, June 11

DAILY PLAYLISTS: 6/13 Playlist

- Printed Stamp Project Due!! 

*Turn in final stamp PDFs here.      

assigned exercise: Personal Moodboard

*Turn in Moodboard exercise here

Topics covered:   

  • Threaded Text
  • Columns / Rows / Grids / Guides
  • Changing Case (Upper, lower, Title, Sentence) 
  • Places pictures in inDesign
  • Setting up a grid / Alignment

day 7

Wednesday, June 13

DAILY PLAYLISTS: 6/15 Playlist

- inDesign quiz 1     

- assign exercise: Resume exercise

*turn in resume project here. 

Topics Covered:

  • Master Pages
  • Paragraph Style
  • Inserting Word Docs 
  • Headlines / Sub-headlines
  • Print vs. screen resolution 
  • "Futura 13/14" / 13 = font size / 14 = leading size

day 8

Topics covered: 

  • Packaging Files
  • Exporting Spreads vs. Pages
  • Text Wrapping
  • Layout Design
  • Page Numbers

Friday, June 15

DAILY PLAYLISTS: 6/18 Playlist

- inDesign quiz 2     

- assign project: intro booklet project     

- start booklet layout + set-up


day 9 

Monday, June 18

DAILY PLAYLISTS: 6/20 Playlist

- intro to photoshop     

- assign exercise: veggie head exercise

Topics covered: 

  • Intro to Photoshop - what is it? 
  • Duplicate the Background Layer
  • Editing (Destructive vs. Non-destructive)
  • Layers -Resizing
  • Cropping Images
  • Saving for the Web
  • Selection tools

day 10 

Wednesday, June 20

DAILY PLAYLISTS: 6/22 Playlist

- assign exercise: power lines and/or TBD

Topics covered: 

  • Brightness & Contrast
  • Cropping (extending the canvas via crop tool)
  • Curves & Levels
  • Saturation
  • Brushes - shortcut to make bigger/smaller

day 11

Friday, June 22

DAILY PLAYLISTS: 6/25 Playlist

photoshop quiz 1     

- assign exercise: pick a specialty exercise (pick 1 of 4 provided)

Topics covered: 

  • Working with Layers
  • Sharpening
  • Cloning and Healing
  • Color Balance
  • Content Aware Fill
  • Effects panel
  • History panel
  • Histogram panel

day 12

Monday, June 25

- assign project: intro to final project     

- photoshop quiz 2     

- research festivals, illustration styles, photo manipulation styles

EXTRA PLAYLISTS:

digital painting

3D

Topics covered: 

  • Filters
  • Masks
  • Effects
  • Combining Imagery

day 13

Wednesday, June 27

- printed poster critique

- final work day

Topics covered: 

  • Poster Design
  • Hierarchy 
  • Typography 

day 14

Friday, June 29

last day of class

- FINAL DUE! 

Topics covered: 

  • printing
  • cut to bleed
  • saving PDFs