Week 7: The 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.

How well do you know the academic integrity policy?

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.

Here is a link to what the students in the video are reading, if you’d like to review it yourself: Academic Integrity Reference Guide (PDF)

Week 6: Starting Unit 2

Illustrator is my favorite of the Adobe programs. I even have this T-shirt with the Align tools, and highly recommend Cotton Bureau if you have any interest in design-related shirts.
Illustrator is my favorite of the Adobe programs. I even have this T-shirt with the Align tools, and highly recommend Cotton Bureau if you have any interest in design-related shirts.

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.

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

Week 5: Critiquing and Revising

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.

Week 5 To-Do List

❑ Read the Week 5 reading listed on the course schedule
❑ Complete and submit the Graphic Design Project Feedback assignment by Tuesday
❑ Complete and submit the Final Graphic Design Project by Friday
❑ Earn your Unit 1 Participation Credit if you haven’t already

Photoshop 1.0

For fun, here’s a video of Photoshop experts attempting to use Photoshop 1.0, which debuted 26 years ago in February 1990.

FAQ: Understanding the draft rubric

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.

view-rubric

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.