To wrap up the semester, we learned how to lay out a basic booklet in Adobe InDesign. I provided a template that the students filled in with their own content—images and writing about each of the assignments they did during the course. In this way, they got a basic exposure to grids, folios, picture boxes and type styles, but did not have to go into the complexity of setting up their own. They also learned how to summarize a body of work and present it in a professional way.


Making it Move. Again.

These days, we’re playing with animation. Students were charged to make animated gifs out of the colorized Patterns of Community they made a couple of weeks ago. The results are amazing! Then we delved into the complex land of After Effects to animate our vectors. Those pieces are still in progress, and I will post them once they’re done.






Patterns of Community

How do you design with other people’s artwork? How does it feel to see your artwork used by someone else? Students shared vectors with each other to create patterns. The challenge was to integrate classmates’ graphics into an appealing repetitive composition. In doing so we talked about how art can help build community, a voice of a group. Can’t wait to see the final outcomes!

Read how students reflected on their original graphic elements in short writing blurbs here: Vector Descriptions.





Printing at FedEx

Midterm: Trajectories of Learning

See below some examples of student work, as it progressed during the first half of the semester.

Vector Painting

Even in the “digital age,”copying the Old Masters can be a good way to learn. True, the myth of the masterpiece has been dismantled time and again, but in this project, we took two masterpieces of their respective epochs and used them to study color digitally. The two works are The Great Wave of Kanagawa, by Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese, c. 1830, and Nighthawks, by Edward Hopper, American, 1942.

Student Yiran Mao drew a black and white vector of the famous wood block print, The Great Wave of Kanagawa, by Katsushika Hokusai, c. 1830. We shared it with the class, and each student colorized it with a restricted color palette. Here are some examples. Notice how color choice changes the mood of the artwork.



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Student Aimee Hawley recreated Nighthawks, by Edward Hopper, in black and white vector. The rest of the class followed suit, colorizing the vector in simple, two color combinations. Check out the results here. But oops, we missed following the elongated format.

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