Communication Technology

When communicating you want to be as clear as possible, therefore good design is extremely important! So get to know the basics...

Design is creative but it does some follow some basic rules, follow these and your design may come out quite decent!


Contrast: 

Contrast between design elements can make a presentation stand out and get noticed


Repetition Repetition Repetition Repetition:

Like the use of repetitious hooks in a song, repeating elements in a graphic design can be visually appealing.


Alignment:

Aligning elements in a visual and readable arrangement


Proximity:

Grouping elements together so that you guide the viewer/reader to different parts of the message, adds unity to the message, instead a scattered mush of blah. 


Space:

Using space wisely can allow ideas to be conveyed clearly with clarity



Lets apply C.R.A.P.S to some websites:

Well Designed Websites

Poorly Designed Websites


With good design you can convey stories that normally you would find boring!

Stuxnet is a computer virus that targeted Iranian nuclear reactors in the 2000's... (bored yet?)


C.R.A.P.S is good but that's not all. Here's some info graphics that can help guide you to good design practice...


Assignment 1: Minimalist Poster

Steps :

  1. Photoshop Tutorial 1
  2. Photoshop Tutorial 2
  3. Choose a movie to poster
  4. Brainstorm movie "artifact"
  5. Sketch out proposed design
  6. Use sketch to guide in poster design on Photoshop


Before you start can get frustrated with using Photoshop first remember this:

(command + alt + z) means undo, this will help when u screw up.  


Photoshop Tutorial 1:  Learning how to use the pen tool. 


Photoshop Tutorial 2:  Learning how to create a movie poster. Follow the steps here:

Create movie poster

You will need to use the following image, save as and download it:


Step 3: Choose a movie to make a movie poster for

  • Keep it decent (nothing inappropriate)
  • Popular movies other people can get references from
  • Movies that have memorable "artifacts" that are easily searchable online (ex. Dispicable me minions) 

Step 4: Choose an artifact from the movie

  • Choose something that can be simply conveyed with a silhouette 
  • Make it easy to, don't overkill
  • Keep it simple, don't clutter your poster!

Step 5: Draw out concept

  • I don't care how bad you are at drawing, you must sketch out a plan before hand
  • Fly it by me, I want to see your sketch, chances are I can help improve it
  • Again, keep it simple, but not too simple
  • Be clever, good design is "smart"

Step 6: Design poster in photoshop 

  • Use the skills learned in the first two tutorials to make a poster
  • Make sure your set your paper size to 11" by 17" and dpi to 300
  • Every time you create a new item/object create a new layer
  • Choose a nice font, comic sans GROSS, and unacceptable!!