Week 11: Audio Feedback and Revisions

After you started your Audio Story last week, we’re now in another week of feedback and revisions to improve your project for the final version. Here are a few tips for making sure your story is as strong as possible:

Watch out for copyrighted material! Review the copyright materials from the beginning of the semester or the Creative Commons Audio chapter if you’re unsure about what you can legally use. Also use common sense — if you find a recent hit song labeled as free-to-use on SoundCloud or another website, this most likely means someone else uploaded it illegally, not that you can use the song.

Go beyond the tutorials. Your Audio Story should show that you can use and combine the Audition skills from the tutorials in new ways. It’s perfectly fine to include an interview or vox pop segment in your Audio Story, but make sure you are using those techniques in effective or creative ways that aren’t just a copy of the tutorials.

Use the strengths of audio. Think about the difference between talking on the phone vs. reading an email, or the difference between listening to a song vs. reading the lyrics — emotions and feelings come through more effectively when we hear voices and sounds. Think about how to use those strengths to make your Audio Story memorable and interesting.

Guide your listener. Compared to visual media, audio gives your audience very few clues about what to expect. Guide your listener through your content by using appropriate music, introductions and transitions.

Listen to your sound multiple ways. If you’re mostly editing with headphones, make sure to also listen out loud once or twice, and vice versa. Avoid editing with earbuds altogether, if possible. This is essential for making sure your audio sounds consistent and balanced.

Week 11 Checklist

❑ Complete the Audio Story Feedback assignment by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday
❑ Post and submit your Final Audio Story by 11:59 p.m. on Friday
❑ Complete your Unit 3 Participation Credit by Friday

Week 7: Logo Project

If you completed all the Illustrator tutorials, great work! This week you’ll be applying those skills creatively to make your Draft Logo after first sketching your idea. Before you begin, make sure to go through this week’s chapters and read about the characteristics of successful logos so you can stay focused on the final goal.

Week 7 Checklist

❑ Read the course materials listed for Week 7
❑ Complete the Logo Sketch assignment by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday
❑ Submit your blog post for your Draft Logo by 11:59 p.m. on Friday
❑ Take the Unit 2 Quiz in Blackboard by 11:59 p.m. on Friday

Illustrator Games

Still a little confused about Illustrator tools, or looking for a way to refresh your skills? Try out Adobe’s quick Illustrator training games, which are focused on essential tools and skills: drawing line segments, drawing shapes, using the Shape Builder tool and using the Pen tool.

A scene from the game about learning to create shapes.
A scene from the game about learning to create shapes.

Week 6: Starting Unit 2!

After finishing up Unit 1 last week, we’re now moving on to Unit 2: Vector Graphics and Adobe Illustrator. The pattern of each unit should start to seem familiar — we’ll start with tutorials to explore the software, then apply those skills and principles from the course readings to create a multimedia project that relates to your course topic. In this unit, you’ll be making a logo.

Illustrator is my favorite of the Adobe programs, so I’m very excited for all of you to try it out! However, this is frequently students’ least favorite unit in COM210, because Illustrator is less familiar than Photoshop and less intuitive than audio and video editing.

It can be frustrating, and it’s important that you 1) read this week’s readings to understand how vector graphics work and 2) give yourself plenty of time for the tutorials this week. You’ll be reading about how vector graphics differ from the more familiar raster graphics, the principle of figure-ground, and the history of logos.

Week 6 Checklist

❑ Read the course materials listed for Week 6
Download Adobe Illustrator if you are using it on your own computer
❑ Complete the Illustrator Tutorials by Friday. Don’t wait until the last minute or you won’t get them done!

Due Last Week!

If you have not yet submitted your Final Graphic Design Project, make sure to do this! The final projects for each unit of this course are worth a lot of points. It can be submitted for partial credit through this Wednesday.

Other Reminders