Project 1

Project 1: What is an Image and How Does it Mean? 
August 28 – September 26

In this first project you will develop manual sketches into digital (vector) drawings using Adobe Illustrator, creating abstract, non-representational shapes and simple symbolic forms in a fixed space, using a variety of tools, methods, and organizing principles.

Project 1 Readings
Arranging Things – Koren: September 10
‘Image’ definition, Wikipedia: September 10
Communication Models – Davis: September 10
Nature of Representation – Davis: September 17
Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino: September 19

Weekend Tutorial Schedule
Tutorials are strongly encouraged and will take place in the same computer lab where we have our class. Seats may be limited, so you may have to double up on computers. Please use the sign up sheet so the instructor, Erinn, knows who will attend.


Illustrator 1&2: September 9th (3hr per session)
Session 1: 10am-1pm
Session 2: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Session 3: 5:00pm-8:00pm

Project 1.1: Literacy: September 5 – September 12
Project 1.1 Description
Project 1.1 Examples
visual literacy: image analysis, translation/abstraction/repetition
Discuss assigned readings, bring a sound recording to class and describe—identify source, media, visual character. Review reduction strategies for the audio, translate/draw your interpretation in Illustrator; develop as repeating unit in a pattern composition.
Final + 6 studies, 1-color (black and white)
Bring in a field recording (30 seconds – minute) to class

Notes for Project
1. In class I  will cover how to print from a PDF. You can also print from Illustrator, the directions for how to do this are here.

2. You will also notice that the project final work should be 10.5″ x 10.5″.  This means that you need to print on paper larger than the standard 8.5″ x 11″. The Phaser prints on Tabloid paper, which is sized to 11″ x 17″. You should set your Final Layout page to this size, and then place your Final Image inside this image. Here is short video tutorial on how to do this, please watch:


Project 1.2: Meaning: September 17 – September 24
Project 1.2 Description
More Project 1.2 Examples
Project 1.2 Examples
symbolic representation: visual research, reduction
Design a symbol for a contemporary or fictional problem. Research and appropriate/adapt/hybrid designs using existing vector symbol libraries.
Final + 6 studies, 2-color (black and white plus 1-color)

Photoshop 1: September 23rd
Session 1: 11am-1pm
Session 2: 1:30pm-3:30pm
Session 3: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Project 1.3: Abstraction: September 24 – October 1st
Project 1.3 Description
Project 1.3 Examples
Project 1.3 More Examples
Abstract interpretation of a city from Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities
Final + 6 studies, Full color