GDC on display

The sophomores finished up the redesign of the display cases outside the Graphic Design and Communications classrooms the week before the holiday break.

Each fall for the past four years the sophomores have undertaken the group project. The work involves serious doses of the creative process, collaborative work and production skills. It allows the students to dig into concepts like large format printing and working with three dimensional objects.

One group of sophomores chose to illustrate the creative process by showing the steps that a small candy company might go through in creating a new logo while working with a design agency.

The other group focused on the history of consumer photography from about 1900 to the present.

The results speak for themselves – each year the displays get more elaborate and look better.

Reality: Illustrated

The first year students recently completed one of the most time-consuming and technical assignments of the first semester: the vector product illustration. Success of this particular assignment hinges largely on the reference image as well as the quality of the path construction. Sampling colors and building custom gradients contribute greatly to achieving photorealism.

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Patrick Hammersmark

decoteau_animation

Meggan Decoteau

pfaff_animation

MiKayla Pfaff

wit_animation

Witney Nielsen

schaefbauer_animation

Josh Schaefbauer

emmil_animation

Courtney Emmil

murphy_animation

Jackson Murphy

If you weren’t hungry before you started reading, you will be

Food photography has been a staple of the BSC photography curriculum for quite awhile. Food is a tricky subject – it takes a lot of preparation and planning, but it never complains, argues or gets nervous. The intensity of shooting food and beverages makes it a perfect preparation for other studio photography.

This year’s sophomore class created some amazing food images, the bar is set high for the next class.

Hink Pink

Freshmen students recently completed their first vector drawings using Adobe Illustrator and the pen tool. These illustrations were based on an earlier analog assignment where they needed to visually depict a hink pink, or two-word rhyming riddle and render it in ink. The original drawings were scanned and placed into Illustrator so that they could trace over them using the vector drawing tools they’ve learned over the past several weeks. See if you can guess these hink pinks riddles.

foxbox
smartheart
bigpig
bearchair
chillpill
leafthief
mimetime
polarmolar

Guest Speaker Matt Cole: EMP Environmental Designer

matt_coleThe second year students had the opportunity today to listen to Matt Cole, an environmental designer with the EMP Museum in Seattle. The Skype presentation was made possible by Jason Lueder, who made initial contact with Matt while visiting the museum this summer. Cole shared four case studies that focused on exhibit designs that he had worked on, outlining the entire process, from the initial concept to finished installation. This insight will prove helpful to the students who will act as, not only designers, but content curators, builders and installers on the program display cases that will be updated in December of this year.

Shooting wide

The sophomores’ photography education centers around working in the studio with a couple of exceptions, one of them being a panoramic assignment.

The photos are created by stitching together six or more images in Photoshop to build a photo that can be incredibly large – often more than five-feet wide in its original format.

A short story

Children’s’ stories almost always use illustrations rather than photos to tell a story.

This sophomore assignment was just the opposite – choose a short story and illustrate it using photography and Photoshop. The exercise was meant to get students comfortable with their tools after the summer and to build creativity. The results are amazing.

Click on the thumbnails to view a .pdf of the project.

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Final freshmen project

The last project of the spring 2016 semester in the GDES 111 class was creating a poster promoting the Graphic Design and Communications program to send to high schools. The project was a major success, the students did a great job and rather choosing a single poster, we opted to use several of the 27 posters submitted. Check out some of the posters we chose to output and mail below.

 

Updating the dining experience

 

The GDC staff are big fans of the Bismarck State College Mystic Marketplace. If you aren’t on campus frequently or don’t know much about BSC, the Mystic Marketplace is the dining hall. The food is great and the staff are very nice people, plus, they have free ice cream on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Food Services Manager Mike Wavrin pointed out a few weeks ago that the wide open tile walls were begging for art work, so we put the freshmen GDC students to work fixing that problem.

Each student piece is the same size – 7 3/4 inches by 15 1/2 inches, half of the students did a vertical layout and the other half had to use a horizontal design. Students were further constrained with a design style, possibly using other students’ thumbnail sketches or a continuous line drawing. Some students were limited to only working with type, others had to use photos for their piece.

The finished wall looks great and the Mystic Marketplace staff has been very complimentary. The students like it too – most stuck around and shot a photo of the installation.