To practice graphic design process and principles, you will be individually designing a grayscale icon for a new app. Within your icon you are not permitted to use any complete words or text.
Before your lab time on Sept 19/20.
5% of your final grade.
There are a number of weeks in which to complete this project, so please make sure to read the instructions below carefully.
Starting Sept 5/6
In this week's lab you will be assigned one of the following app options, and will also practice brainstorming ways of representing it visually. The options are an app that:
- Removes any videos of you from the internet.
- Informs you when you should go for a walk.
- Self-destructs your phone.
- Finds the closest endangered animal.
- Allows you to see into the past.
- Records the voice in your head.
- Writes your emails for you.
- Feeds your pet rat.
For next week, you will be expected to:
- Use an additional ideation method from the Week 1 'Selections from Lupton - Graphic Design Thinking' reading to generate further ideas.
- Sketch (at minimum) 40 different ways of visually representing your app icon.
- Scan your favourite icon in grayscale to work with it in next week's tutorial. If you need help scanning:
- Complete the Week 2 reading from 'Selections from Lupton - Type on Screen'.
Due in your Sept 12/13 lab:
- Demonstrated use of an ideation method from the Lupton reading
- 40 different sketches (minimum) for icon options
- 1 scan of your best icon
Starting Sept 12/13
In this week's lab, we will critique your process thus far. Once done the lab, you will be expected to:
- Rework your sketches as necessary, and, or, continue working on your digital icon.
- Finalize your grayscale icon for you app, save it as a PDF.
- Collect, clearly label and scan all your process materials into a PDF process document.
Final deliverables are due to Canvas before your Sept 19/20 lab and make sure to double-check all your submitted files to ensure they can be opened. Final submission includes:
- 1 process document (PDF), submitted to Canvas
- 1 submission sheet with your icon placed, printed and brought to lab
Remember that Graphic Design is a design course, and as a result the submitted package of materials and their quality should be considered a design problem just as much as any other aspect of the project.
Your project will be graded on the following criteria:
- Process — Weekly deliverable checks (1pt)
- Ideation — Quality and quantity of idea generation (2pts)
- Design — Quality of design principles in communicating the application's purpose (1pt)
- Submission Quality — The process is clearly presented and labelled (1pt)