The freshmen class cranked out a set of marker board stop-motion animations this year in the annual Halloween Challenge. It’s a tricky project – freshmen are divided randomly into four groups, those groups have about two hours to build a story and draw a minimum of 300 frames. Click the images below to view the videos.
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last week I posted thumbnails of a sophomore assignment. The assignment was to photographically illustrate a common saying. The task wasn’t easy, several students talked with me about the challenges with the assignment. The process of both shooting and compositing images is challenging, even for experienced professionals. The images below are some of strongest student work. See if you can decipher what is saying is that goes with the photo.
Today we had a surprise visitor – Donna Vallarano. Donna is a retired faculty of the Graphic Design and Communications department (Commercial Art while Donna was teaching). She was also one of the instructors that taught all three of the current GDC faculty. To clarify that, she taught Sean, Tom and Jason about graphic design at BSC.
Donna took time to give a quick hand lettering demonstration that the students watched closely. After 16 years of retirement, Donna still knows how to talk to a class and deal with students.
Spending time with Donna was definitely the highlight of our day.
Type is a powerful design element, one that greatly influences the mood and emotion of any creation. When era-specific typefaces and styles are used in a design the perceived age of that design changes accordingly.
First year students in BSC’s Graphic Design and Communication’s Typography class recently demonstrated how, just by changing a typeface, a modern television program can be transported back to an earlier time.