I think Paul got the promotion

A favorite Friday exercise for freshmen is loosely based on a game called “Get Paul a Promotion.” We throw out the rules and use our own set.

Students draw text from three envelopes – one is an audience, then there is a description and a product. The goal (from the teacher perspective) is for students to draw three completely juxtaposed pieces, three that are going to be difficult to represent visually.

This year, we added a fresh group of terms and the freshmen didn’t disappoint us – they took the cues in stride and came up with creative and well illustrated solutions.

A fire alarm that is rugged and reliable for WWII Vets. The solution involved a slide that took the people safely to the ground. Innovative and bizarre – definitely what we are after.
A vehicle with technology developed by NASA for the military. This one sounds a bit too real. Love the chameleon color changing paint and multi-fuel.
A new and improved cold and flu medication aimed at police. The audience makes this one tough – what makes it special for law enforcement?
A vintage or retro laptop, the audience – Canadians. Again, how does it fit just our neighbors to the north? Turns out that the product isn’t much different, but the advertising would be. Very smart.
An affordable smartphone app for Old West re-enactors. Tough draw, but a very creative social media-like app with great illustrations.

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