Graphic Design 1 :
final project of the semester
Extreme Makeover : Showcase Edition
Brandon Hagstrom’s blog
Page 1 + 2 of Topher McCulloch’s
Magazine spread for GD1 class.
Each student was asked to choose an article from
Voice: AIGA Journal of Design and reformat it for use in a print design magazine.
Graphic Design 1 : Spring 06
Extreme Makeover : SHOWCASE EDITION
Please upload before + after jpgs of your showcase to your blog.
Describe your ideation + brainstorming process on this project:
What issues came up as you interviewed your client:
You were asked to generate two different approaches to the showcase design… what were they:
What issues came up as you began to plan + work with materials :
Evaluate the success of the concept and craft of your finished showcase:
poster by Maria Haertel…
Here the content of the manifesto is represented more as utopian vision, than a document of graphic agitation.
Much debate circled at the drafting of the First Things First Manifesto by leaders in the design field. Students are so removed from the professional practice of graphic design that it seems difficult for them to relate to the issues raised. Their struggles seem to exist within the power relationships of college and their families. Some seem apathetic about what they will use their skills to promote… Resigned to a vision of corporate structure in their future, they are more concerned about getting a job of any kind after graduation.
Rick Poynor in Emigre
I think it’s a valid assignment, and one way to have students engage in dialog about the core issues to the profession of design… Perhaps next time I will have them draft their own manifestos… about something they care about individually.
Perhaps it’s ridiculous to require anyone to craft a manifesto!
(but wasn’t the Declaration of Independence an assignment handed to Jefferson?)
poster by Gen Johnsen
Early in the semester, I asked Graphic Design 3 students to begin blogging about the role of the Citizen Designer as covered by a series of essays in Steven Heller’s book. Their first assignment was to read the First Things First Manifesto drafted in the 1960s and revisited in 2000. The students designed a version of the manifesto + commented upon it on their own blogs.