Tuesday, March 29

1410479545180849583Class Starter:  99 Percent Invisible

A TED Talk of a radio show about flag design.  Open the link and watch Roman Mars doing his podcast live in front of a TED audience. (to save time, start at 2:00 minutes in)  Pay attention to 2 things:  His radio production and what he says about flag design.

Write a blog post about anything that caught your attention.  (30 points)

Class Activity:  Teacher Demonstration – Photoshop

Before you launch into the Photoshop-1 assignment, watch as I demonstrate the way that I created 3 versions of the cherries image. Cherriesx3

After my demonstration and before you start your project watch the following video about the Photoshop tool panels.  Finding tool panels in Photoshop seems hard at first, but you will get the hang of it!

Your assignment:
Create 3 different versions of the Cherries, using any of the tools that you choose. Make your own version!   
When you have completed the project save your original working Photoshop document AND a jpeg version in your class folder.  DUE Thursday, March 31. (100 points)

Friday, March 11

Class Starter:  Logo Brand Inspiration

Branding is another way to say Identity. Logo branding trends are changing with the times. Google is one of the most recognizable brand that there is.  Read this article  Evolving the Google Identity.

After you have read the article, search on the internet for a logo that you really like. Write a short blog post – include a picture of the logo and tell us why you think it’s so cool.
(30 points)


Class Activities:  Starting your Logo Design

logo-sketchesNext week we will do projects in 3
digital applications: Gimp, Illustrator & Photoshop.  But before going right to the digital application you need to spend time brainstorming and drawing.

*Your My Tiny Company Write-Up is due today.

Wednesday, March 2

Class Starter: Logo Quiz

yellowguyBranding means many things from logo branding to the ideas and promises that a company makes to the consumer.  We are surrounded by the influence of many company brands.  We learn about many products and brands, without even trying.

Take this online Logo Quiz.

Class Activity: My Tiny Company

Today is the day to start at the beginning.  Please open this MY TINY COMPANY-Plan and save it to your class folder.  This form is your place to submit your project proposal and scope your entire marketing plan.

…Or try this Google Form instead. lets see what works the best!

Monday, February 29 – Leap Day!

Class Starter:  Once every 4 years… Write a blog post.  (30 points)

leapdayOnce every four years, people born on Feb. 29 actually get to celebrate their birthday. That’s right, today is leap day, the extra day added every fourth year to help fix the problem that while our calendar year is 365 days, the solar year — the amount of time it takes the Earth to circle the sun — is 365.24219 days.

Write a blog post about the way you would celebrate your birthday if yours was February 29th.  Some people have been known to have a party for a kid one-fourth their age.

Class Activity: “My Tiny Company” introduction

Today we begin a project that will take a month or more to complete.  There will be three major steps for you to take launch your company:


To get started, take some time today for inspiration and exploration.  The 2015 Spark Industrial Design Award Winners are amazing!  Go look through the gallery. Notice the invention, branding and marketing that used for these new products.

d.lightOne of my favorites is the d.light
because it is so simple and can improve
the human condition for many.