Now that I’m entering a new semester, it seems like an excellent time to reflect on my projects from last semester, specifically my Intro to Graphic Design projects! I wasn’t overly enthused by the prospect of going into yet another Graphic Design class, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I learned. But first, I had to endure… the Shapes Project. Usually, I have some sort of direction or inspiration for my projects, but this project was intentionally abstract and it frustrated me to no end. The description for the project was to “Create a composition using basic shapes and the principles of design.”. Sounds easy, right?
Wrong. We had to start by drawing and inking 48 individual compositions, all different from each other. My creativity gave out around the 5th square, and I had to push myself to finish. We then had our compositions critiqued in class, reviewing them and deciding on our favorites. From there, we had to progress and create 48 more compositions, either basing them on our original compositions or creating entirely new ones.
After the hands-on, traditional process, it was time to move into Illustrator. I was lucky in that I already had significant experience in Illustrator, so the process was fairly intuitive for me. The rest of my classmates were still learning this process, so I spent most of my time in class refining the digital versions of my sketches.
These are all of the digital sketches I created in Adobe Illustrator in preparation for the final project. My professor was especially helpful when it came to refining my sketches, providing me with a fresh pair of eyes and a different outlook.
I presented my professor with this digital sketch, in an attempt to find a better composition or at least edit it to look more interesting. Within ten minutes, he helped me transform my static composition into this more interesting and dynamic creation.
From there, it was much easier to refine the digital sketch for the final project to turn in. I did have to revise the finished project after turning it in, changing awkward tangents and creating better alignments. But overall, I was happy with the finished project, displayed below:
The finished project turned out better than I had hoped as a digital product. In actual practice, however, the final project was less than satisfactory. On the morning I had hoped to print out my final project and mount it, every single printer at BYU-Idaho went down, and the issue was not fixed until halfway through class. I had to run back and forth within my breaks in-class to get it printed, and ended up gluing it and mounting it directly after class finished. The lesson learned? Print and mount your projects a few days before! If all the printers decide to give out, you don’t want to be an unwitting victim.
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