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
Hopefully you’ve read the course syllabus, and hopefully you would know anyway that academic dishonesty is not tolerated at WSU. But how well do you really know what the policy says about what constitutes a violation and what this could mean for your academic record?
These two videos were created by former COM210 students to increase awareness of WSU’s academic integrity policy and consequences for violations. Every year we do have students who get caught for these violations, unfortunately, so it’s a good point in the semester to review the information and make sure you don’t end up crossing the line.
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, and the one I use most frequently in my professional work. 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.
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.
Now that you’ve created a draft for your Graphic Design Project, this week you’ll get feedback and make revisions to improve your design. This is the final week of Unit 1 and Photoshop before we move to the next unit.
Before you provide feedback to your group members, make sure to read this week’s chapter on Constructive Criticism & Feedback in Design to think about the best way to communicate your response to other students’ drafts. Giving useful feedback is one of the most important skills you’ll get to practice in this course.
The feedback and revision phase is important for all four multimedia projects in this course. Along with the comments you’ll receive from your peers in the feedback assignment, you’ll also receive feedback from your TA about the strengths and weaknesses of your draft.
In Blackboard, you will see two rubrics for your draft project: one for your score, and the other for more detailed feedback. The following video explains the two rubrics and how they relate to the way the final version is graded:
Once your draft is graded, you can access those two rubrics by going to “My Grades” in Blackboard and clicking the “View Rubric” link below the assignment name.
The most important thing to note is that most assignments in this course (including your draft project) are graded for completion, meaning you get full credit as long as you successfully complete all parts. The final version of each multimedia project is graded to a high standard with a rigorous rubric. Earning a “C” is typical on the final projects, and this is balanced by all the other assignments where you can earn 100%. For this reason, it’s important to go through the feedback rubric for your draft project and ask your TA questions if you’re not sure how to improve on certain categories.