Kathryn Hodges LASC 393 / Graphic Design / Live Oak HIgh / 4/24/17
In our t-shirt room at our high school we are in the process of expanding into a graphic design business where our students can collaborate together to rebrand businesses, logos, and create business cards. My goals for the first journal was to show our students different ways to look at their surroundings and incorporate them in our designs. First we started with organic pictures like the tree I have pictured below. In my journal I spoke specifically of the triangular design of an attic so I was able to take a picture of that and work to break it down to the basics with the repetitive design. Another interesting picture I took while walking was a new water meter that features a nutria rat. It was fun and interesting how to see how much our environment influenced our designs. On a scale of one to five, I give myself a three on this execution. Even though I feel the project worked effectively, I already see room for improvement in the future!
My learning goal for the next journal was to develop a curriculum that was interesting and one to break the ice between our designers. I was inspired by a project we did this semester based off the poem, "Where I'm From." It is a poem by George Ella Lyons that describes her childhood and truly where she is from. It helps others to see why they think a certain way and also helps them open up in a way they normally may not be able too by just speaking. I have included my version of Where I'm From. I will continue to do this with every class and other groups that I am involved in as I feel it is a great way to get to know one another in a special way. On a scale of one to five, I give myself a five on this goal. It was fun, engaging, and overall effective towards the final goal of getting to know one another!
As we continue to learn and grow there will be things I know I will always do and then find things later that we need to remove. I wanted our design team to collaborate and start designing together, then separately. I found one goal along the way that I thought was imperative I teach is for our new designers to learn how to take constructive criticism. Once they reach a certain date we would collaborate and start working again. These are some of our designs we have worked on this semester for various businesses. On a scale of one to five, I give our start a five for collaboration, and coming up with unique designs using some of the design techniques we spoke about in earlier goals. I think our program is off to a tremendous start!