- Design Overview
- Three Daily Creates. I repeat 3 TDCs
- TED Talks and Canva Reflection
- Design Blitz
- Alternate Book Cover
- Character Generator
This week was good, to say the least! I have never tried or even used computer generated software, design templates, photoshop, or any of the newly introduced techniques to create images and design things using a computer. All in all, it was a good experience and I think it proved itself useful.
I liked the flow of assignments that we had this week as we gradually eased our way into really designing things that are well thought out and comprehensive. Starting off the week with a good overview of what it means to design things and gradually learning about design, then recognizing design via the photoblitz, then lastly creating Apocalyptic and Class Related designs to end the week.
The Daily Creates that I completed this week were fun and funny (all three are below).
TED Talks and Canva Relfection
These recourses were interesting to watch! First off, because I love TED talks, I think that they change the world by giving amazing people an opportunity to share their testimonies to the world. Furthermore, it was amazing to see how these two people have such deep roots in design and in doing so, they have become influential by creating models and graphics to explode “design” as an industry into the mainstream world with various marketing techniques and architecture.
The Paula Scher video was kind of dry and long considering that it was 20 minutes, but she was able to show how intricate design can be and how hard pressed the business can be with “serious play.” However, David Carson on the other hand was slightly less dry to watch, but he was able to show the audience more specific examples of his personal techniques from his own work-which was empowering.
However, the most effective form of design education was the best! I really enjoyed doing the Canva tutorials! It was much more hands-on learning than the TED talks and I found the tutorials attractive and easy to use which made it way more fun and enjoyable, while also being able to incorporate my own creativity into the tutorials.
I think that the Canva tutorials contradicted the TED talks. The two TED talks made it seem as if Design was a club to be a part of, not an activity or hobby that anyone can participate in. I personally think that design is a form of art and should be able to convey anyone’s message, it should not be used for business reasons only-it taints the art aspect of design.
I wanted to include a few of my completed designs into this weeks weekly post. Featured below are my Alternate Book Cover and Joey Buckets.
QOTW: What’s been the most succcesful group you’ve been a part of and what made it work?
Hmmm this is a toughy! I have been a part of some great groups/teams that really impressed me, but it was not because of anything in particular, it was just because “the sum is greater than its parts.” I think that the best group I have every been a part of was my freshman year at UMW on the baseball team! I have been playing baseball for most of my life, but I have never been on a team that was so talented and full of charisma like the team my freshman year. Each and every player was able to play his role to the best of his ability and in doing so, we ended up going 27-7… which is pretty good.