nov 28 class by tyler galloway

in class
finish up motion crit – 8 minutes per student.

discuss the criteria-based presentation you just gave.

if you have not done so, send me your final video[s] please. filename: lastname_firstname-attributes-motion.mov [or .mp4]

group discussion and / or desk crits as needed on project re-dos and sophomore review.

make sure your blog is updated with all relevant process work from all project 3 studies – 2d, 3d, and motion.

new work
practice your presentation before monday! make sure it is an appropriate length, you can deliver it confidently and comfortably, and, most importantly, that you concisely express key learning from this semester. see the three options on the review brief for how you might talk about your learning.

refine your presentation space as needed between friday pm and monday am. re-print, re-arrange, tidy, etc.

nov 19 class by tyler galloway

in class
book club! read “the politics of design” pp 170–189.

motion crit: 8 minutes per student
4 minutes to show work and address very specifically how you are using motion and/or time to communicate your attributes beyond what a still image can do. also state any of your own questions you formed and describe how you tried to answer them.
4 minutes for class-wide peer feedback on how well your peer was able to utilize motion and/or time to communicate their attributes.

send me your final video[s] please. filename: lastname_firstname-attributes-motion.mov [or .mp4]

new work
process blogs: i checked these recently and they span the full range from excellent [updated work, good quality photos, commentary on the work] to non-existent. remember, this is averaged into your process grade [alongside desk crits and group crits that i observe], which is 30% of your final grade. make time to update your process blog with:

  • selections of your best process work on line, shape, texture, color, form, space

  • semi-final ideas [top 3 or 4] and final of your symbol.

  • semi-final ideas [top 3 or 4] and final of your form. please consider light, angle, color cast, and background when photographing. i will be looking at the craft of your images.

  • process and final on your motion studies. this can include thumbnail drawings or storyboards, semi-final movies, and final movie.

next week is dedicated to project re-works. some ideas:

  • determine a project that will benefit the most from improvement and refine that. move on to the next once you are done.

  • go back and look at the range on your symbol x 100 project, adding in more meaningful ideas or take into account the formal range you have learned in image class.

  • consider craft and presentation quality across all projects – re-draw, re-photograph, or re-build as needed to make as professional as possible.

  • look at unity across all three mini-projects on this third project. do they hold together well as a series?

  • talk to me if you need suggestion here. the main point is that you demonstrate high motivation to improve your work. you have a full week to do this, so improvements should be apparent in final reviews.

nov 14 class by tyler galloway

in class
edwing mendez in class!

discuss sophomore review.

small group crits on work in progress.
keep in mind the primary questions i’ve posed to you:
how can time-based media be leveraged to enhance your attributes beyond what a still image or text can do? what can time and/or motion do that still imagery and text cannot? how might you design a time-based, 2d experience that embodies all three attributes of your object? 
you are also encouraged to develop your own more specific questions within my queries. if you are clear about those questions you’re asking at this time and during final critique, that will definitely move you into B and A territory for this phase of the project – above and beyond the baseline expectations.

individual work time.

9:50 work as a group to re-set the room for edwing’s lecture.

10:00 edwing mendez “design diversity” lecture

new work
next class will be a group critique over your motion studies. each student will have 8 minutes total: 4 minutes for viewing work and verbal presentation and 4 minutes for peer input.
we’ll do a “crit crit” format – criteria-based critique for both presentation and comments. when you present the work, address very specifically how you are using motion or time to communicate your attributes beyond what a still image can do. also state any of your own questions you formed and describe how you tried to answer them. class-wide student feedback will center on those same criteria.

book club! read “the politics of design” pp 170–189.

nov 12 class by tyler galloway

in class
dept meeting at noon.

announcements:
- edwing mendez visit w–f, talk 10:00 wed. sign up here for meal slots and / or portfolio reviews.
- don’t forget to sign up for letterpress demos in the analog studio. and please show up when you say you’re going to.

brief “space” lecture.

skillshare: katherine on stop motion in aftereffects. tyler on photo sequencing in aftereffects. tyler on “dumb motion” live video.

1:40 – field trip to view “type hike” exhibit at umkc.

AE tip: set compositions to “HDTV 1080 29.97”, which would put your resolution at 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall at a frame rate of 29.97 frames per second. alternately, you can work at 23.976 frames per second.

new work
continued work on time/motion studies. final crit on this work is next monday, nov 19. details to come.

make sure you are blogging your process work on all of project 3.

nov 7 class by tyler galloway

in class
finish “form” critique

book club! discuss “the politics of design” reading, pp 152–169

discuss implications of our last round of questions. what questions can you ask based on that framework?

get to work on time/motion studies!

new work
lots and lots of making.

get caught up on process blog posting. some suggestions:

  • selections of your best work on line, shape, texture, color, form, space

  • semi-finals [top 3 or 4] and final of your symbol.

  • semi-finals [top 3 or 4] and final of your form. please consider light, angle, color cast, and background when photographing. i will be looking at the craft of your images.

nov 5 class by tyler galloway

in class
dept meeting.

semi-formal group critique of form studies. classmates will interpret your work. then, be prepared to describe your intent vis a vis the attributes.

new work
book club! read “the politics of design” pp 152–169.

review the final set of questions on the project 3 sheet.

no need to do any serious homework but come to next class well prepared to begin motion studies. this means either being ready to experiment in aftereffects or do in-camera motion work [aka live action video].

oct 31 class by tyler galloway

in class
small group crits over semi-final work. what are the criteria that make for an appropriate solution to this question you’re asking?
group 1: jessica, joshua, renni, anthony
group 2: haley, rylie, drake, sherry
group 3: fiona, nathan, katherine,
group 4: jesslyn, krystina, katie

work time – focus on development of your final 2d/3d form piece.

new work
continue development of your final piece in prep for a group critique for next class. it will be semi-formal. students will lead the discussion and we will focus on interpreting what we see in front of us. on your project, be prepared to describe your intent vis a vis the attributes after your peers have interpreted your work.

oct 29 class by tyler galloway

in class
brief lecture on color

review schedule and project documentation [online and for portfolio & reviews]

new work
based on your schedule, semi-final form studies [2- and 3-d combined] are due next class. what do you need to do to make that happen? when you say “studies” [or “semi-finals” or whatever the exact word was], what constitutes the plural there? how many is enough?

book club! will resume next week. go make your costume!

oct 24 class by tyler galloway

in class
book club! discuss “politics of design” pp 130–150

brief lecture on form. see post below for pdf.

work time on form studies

new work for next class
continued work on form studies. bring more supplies and tools to continue that work during monday’s class.

oct 22 class by tyler galloway

in class
review final symbol designs as a group

brief texture lecture

review project 3 brief

  • determine schedule for form and motion studies

  • consider: are we exploring deeply enough? what do we expect of ourselves?

  • consider: what is an ideal way to catalog and display the results of this exploration?

new work
begin form studies

book club! read “the politics of design” pp 130–150

oct 17 class by tyler galloway

in class
brief shape lecture

small group crit on a range semi-final symbol designs. the goal here is to narrow to a final solution that you can refine.

post your semi-final symbols to your blog.

work time / desk crits


new work for next class

refinements and production work on final symbol – one black and white, one color. final production in illustrator is recommended. if producing in photoshop [still fine], to retain texture/handmade feel, i recommend your final art be around 10” wide or tall at 300 dpi.

print two finals – one color and one black and white – on 8.5 x 11 vertical cardstock. use this linked template. replace the dummy text with your attributes and name. replace the placeholder circles with your design scaled to approximately the same size. the small symbol should be 20% of the large logo. copy and scale to 20%.

oct 15 class by tyler galloway

in class
book club! discuss “the politics of design” pp 110–127

short lecture on line.

schedule discussion.
based on your schedule, your 2d explorations should be done today and you should be starting on your symbol ideas, which should be done by wednesday. based on what you’ve done so far, is this reasonable?

work time and desk crits

new work
shift to symbol work, but tbd by class.

oct 8 class by tyler galloway

in class
define the elements of design. how do we reach a collective agreement?
- form
- line
- texture
- shape
- color
- space / size / direction

determine schedule for the coming week or two, knowing we are shooting for an oct 29 or 31 deadline.

determine how to document this work. what form might be best? digital? printed?

hey! we have some definitions! check it:
form: an object appearing to, or enclosing volume, depth, height, and width within a space through geometric or organic ways.

line: the representation of a point’s path through space that has a mass with an implied direction and a noticeably longer length than width.

texture: the tangible or perceived feeling of a tactile surface

shape: a confined visual mass with two dimensions.

color: the effect of different sensations on the eye as a result of an object’s reflective or light properties and the relationship between hue, value, and intensity.

space: the positive or negative area within which all things exist by the dimensions of height, depth, and width.

new work
read “the politics of design” pp 110–127.

continue making work, based on our collectively defined schedule.

reminders by tyler galloway

hi all! as i’m going through things in preparation for mid-term grades, it appears i need to remind you all of a few things:

  1. send me your website link if you have not already.

  2. do your blog post for the symbol project. original post is here.

  3. send me documentation files you have not yet sent – symbol poster pdf, photo documentation of your project 1 booklet, project 1 book and presentation pdfs.

  4. name files properly. nearly all of you are not following naming conventions when turning in digital files. this creates a mess in my documentation folders. thanks to katie wynn [EDIT: and josh judin!] for doing it correctly, and to krystina and sherry for getting incredibly close. don’t re-send me anything – just do it properly next time around.

oct 3 class by tyler galloway

in class
announcement: lisa and tyler will give talks on their faculty development grant results today at 11:00 in 102. come check it out!

announcement: aiga crit night is tonight at 6:30 in 101.

book club! discuss “the politics of design” pp 86–109

share objects and attributes.

determine and define the elements of design. how do we reach a collective agreement?

determine schedule for the coming week or two.

new work
begin work on visualizing your attributes through the elements of design.