Art 356: Computer Publishing Design
Dr. Paula DiMarco
Fall 2008 Schedule

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Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11| Week 12 | Week 13 | Week 14 | Week 15

Week 1:
Tue 8/26

Introductions

Please read Syllabus and sign contract

Homework:

Purchase both books:
Adobe InDesign CS3 Classroom in a Book
Adobe Illustrator CS3 Classroom in a Book

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Thu 8/28

Overview of Illustrator

Demo 1: Illustrator tools and techniques 01

Basic Shapes

  • Selecting points and deleting points.
  • Pen Tool (very important tool)- tutorial from book
  • Masking option
  • Compound path
  • Pathfinder

Practice #1: Practice what you have learned, based on the demo

Trace the following: Pen 01, Pen 02, Pen 03 

Project 1: explanation

While in class students will:

Practice the pen tool in illustrator.
We must master the pen tool even if it is in illustrator

Meet with teammate to talk about your ideas.
Talk about the type, style and look of the posters you are attracted to.


Homework:

1. Practice what you have learned, based on the demo

Have the exercise complete and put on teacher's station

2. Meet with your teammate and come up with some ideas and a direction for Project 1: explanation

Start to brainstorm what you want to say and how you want to show it graphically. Think about the surfaces you will be using and what type of content will be on those surfaces.

 

 

Vector Illustration website

Week 2:
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Tue 9/2

More basic Illustrator

  • using guides
  • using layers

Type setting:

  • leading
  • kerning
  • sizing
  • outlining type vs. stroking type

Setting up a Mood document (PDF) in InDesign. (This is for your Project 1)

--Break--

Labtime--Meet with Professor to talk about your plans

While in class students will:

Create type treatments for "Graphic Art The Vote".

  • Will need to look at all possible fonts. ***Exhaust all possibilities
  • Mix and match serif with san serif
  • Use dafont.com to download some other styles.
  • Develop some type treatments that are strong and work well--50 versions (save all versions to show professor)
  • Out of those 50, you choose 10 strong treatments.
  • Place one treatment per page and make variations of that version (so some of the treatments may have more pages).
  • Save all your work. Make sure you have a version that is outlined.

Meet with teammate to talk about your ideas.
Talk about the type, style and look of the posters you are attracted to.

Homework:

Continue what you have not finished in class.
Make sure you have read the above directions thoroughly. You need a group of PDFs to show professor

Meet with teammate to talk about your ideas.

  • I want a pdf layout that has the mood, style, and look for the graphics your first project.
  • Layout your PDF in InDesign

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Thu 9/4

Demo:

"Let's look a a couple of Logos."

Make a PDF in Illustrator
Make a PDF in In-Design

Outlining type

Labtime

Meet with Professor to talk about your logos and your plans for the campaign.

Professor will look at the direction of your Mood Document and what logos work best.

Homework:

Continue adding to your Mood Document (PDF).
(This is the tone and style of your book.)

Send the professor an email -attach of your logos.

  • Send your 10 strongest logo designs through email. (Send as a pdf would be best.)
  • ** Remember to make a version that is Outlined for the professor to look at.

 

 
Week 3:
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Tue 9/9

Look at Logos

Labtime

Meet with Professor to talk about your logos and your plans for the campaign.

 

Homework:

You can get a head start on the next practice exercise
Practice #2: Chapter 1
(of the illustrator book)

  • Read pages 13 to 31 - A quick tour of Illustrator
  • Read pages 33- 57 - Getting to know the work Area
  • Submit the file from the lesson, but make changes to the file. Change the color, typeface and graphic used in the file.

You need the book. So, if you do not have your book yet, ask someone if you can Xerox chapter 1. If you have to do that during class that is fine.
Then get a copy of the resource file from the Lesson 1 folder on the CD.

 

 

pdf on illustrator

 

Basic Drawing

 

Check out these Rock Poster Examples. They may insipre you in a style or direction you like:

Emek
Aesthetic ApparatusFirehouse
Chuck Sperry
Guy Burwell
Drowning Creek
Brian Ewing
Dirk Fowler
Dave Gink
Wendy Wright

 

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Thu 9/11

Remember

Brainstorm - need to create a tageline/ slogan

Labtime

Meet with Professor to talk about your logos and your plans for the campaign.
(those I did not meet with)

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Please Read Carefully:
Once you are finsihed with your logo do the following:

  • Put each chosen logo on one 8. 5 x 11 page.
  • Save each logo as a .pdf
  • Each student will be assigned a number. Label your logo the number you were given. (10.pdf). If you have more than one logo, label the file a, b, or c. (10a.pdf, 10b.pdf, etc.)
  • Submit your logo in the folder on the teachers machine. Final Logos

One logo in required. up to 3 logos is optional. No more than 3 logos allowed to be submitted.

The student with the chosen logo will have their logo on the website and as the main graphic for the exhibition.

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Work on your homework (see below)

 

Homework:

Thumbnail sketches:

  • 24 sketches of your ideas for your issue. please use these pages for your sketches (01 | 02)

Brainstorm taglines:

  • go through the brainstorm shee at the bottm of this page. Please read this page about taglines. (click here)

 

Read these articles:

Hockey Moms

Week 4:
   
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Tue 9/16

Guest lecturer

Work in illustrator

 
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Thu 9/18

Meetings:

Meet with Professor to talk about your sketches

Break: 12:15 --- do not be late-- door will be locked

12:30 In class exercise (Practice #3).

Must be in class for this. Do not work on other items.

 

Homework:

Practice #3:

  • Must complete practice 3
  • Submit to professor on a CD by the beginning of the class.
  • [please note: there is not time in class on tuesday for you to make a cd of your document. It must be submitted by 11am in the class. Class will be meeting in another room without computers.]

Mood document Due: (in progress version)

  • Submit what you have so far.
  • Make a CD of this document [put your names ont he CD].
  • If your notes are in MS word, that is fine. They do not have to be in the PDF document just yet.
  • [please note: there is not time in class on tuesday for you to make a cd of your document. It must be submitted by 11am in the class. Class will be meeting in another room without computers.]

Mood Document.

Contents:

  • Know and have a reason for including the images: Do not put design examples in your mood book unless that are in the direction you want to go. Do not just put them in, just because.
  • Label sections of your PDF: You want to clarify what examples are for concept and what examples are for design inspiration.
  • Need to see notes in your process document: Reflections and notes on these examples, colors, type, graphics you chose.
    • What is the tile of the work you found.
    • What was the purpose?
    • Who was it made for?
    • Where did you get it from?
    • Where could other people find it?
    • What about the image inspired you? (do not say like, or dislike)
    • Was it the colors, technique, composition, type, etc?
    • Ask questions about the examples... how it was done? What is the concept about?
    • Keep notes on websites and resources.
  • Sketches: After you have sketched out your ideas, you should scan your sketches and place them into the pdf document.

 

Design Process
Week 5:
   
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Tue 9/23

Lecture on Public Art

Sandra de la Loza (public artist)
(Do not be absent for this one. This lecture is important to your project.)

 

Homework:

Email Dr. DiMarco to make an appointment to meet outside of class. This is very important as there is little time in class to talk about your ideas. Please send your availiblity by Wed. Morning. If you can not meet then please email me to tell me this.

 
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Thur 9/25

Using Illustrator to design your posters.

Looking for the right typeface to use.

Think about the edges of the poster/ flyer
--- design with borders in mind and no bleeds.

Must use Illustrator for the following:
(Cannot use Photoshop for the following)

T-Shirts
Vinyl letters
Any typography

You can use Photoshop to enhance your Illustrator images:
(but do not bring the whole illustrator layout- no photoshop type)

Posters - thinking about the whole page---- vertical size
Postcards - 2 sides
Buttons - small and beed over edge

Using In-Design to layout your designs.

Taking graphics from illustrator and enhanced graphics from photoshop.

NO BREAK today. -- we will leave early at 1:30---- professor has a meeting

Homework:

You must meet with professor outside of class before tuesday's class. If you are having difficulty making arrangements to meet, then please email Professor to explain. Paula.j.dimarco@csun.edu

Practice #4a: Chapter 2 (of the illustrator book)

  • Read pages 59- 75 - Selecting and Aligning
    • Submit the file from the lesson.
    • Also submit a second file that has changes to the color and to the design of the layout.

Practice #4b: Chapter 3 (of the illustrator book)

  • Read pages 77- 94 - Creating Shapes
    • In this chapter you will learn about Live trace. Submit a live trace file that is similar to what is described in the book. Find a line drawing that is fairly high resolution and do a live trace.

Practice #4c: Live trace
Practice what you have learned in class. (Live Trace)

    • Create 3 different variation of the same image by using the
      "Live Trace" option in Illustrator.
    • The difference between the images will be how much brightness or contrast you give the images.
    • In some cases you might have to burn or dodge in photosop to make the image look good.

[please note: you will need to submit this homework on the teacher station. Must be done by the beginning of class. If you want to submit a CD of this homework that is fine as well. Another option is you can email it to me.]

 

Week 6:
   
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Tue 9/29

Labtime

Work on your designs as discussed in individual meetings.

Work on your homework or work with your partner.

Homework:

Dress down for next class. Wear cloths you don't mind getting paint on.

For thisThursday:

Have 4 designs layed out in illustrator on CD
Submit to professor before class.
Make sure you outline your type.

 

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Thur 10/2

Meet in Printmaking room. Dress down. Bring a note pad to take notes. Take photos with your digital camera if you like.

Homework:

For next Tuesday:

12-15 digital variations of your designs. (this includes the 4 designs you handed into professor)

Please also look at the following websites:
You need to decide on stickers.

Black and white stickers - Due next thursday
All stickers must be Black and White, no color, no greys and no elaborate graphics. Just your slogan or phrases.
A1BW - (size 4.25" x 1.38") - 120 stickers
A2BW - (size 4.25" x 2.75") - 120 stickers
B1BW - (size 2.13" x 2.75") - 120 stickers
B2BW -(size 2.75" x 2.75") - 120 stickers
C3BW -(size 5.5" x 2.13") - 120 stickers
D1BW -(size 3.5" x 2") - 120 stickers

Red, White, and Blue stickers- Due next thursday
A1PL - (size 4.25" x 1.38")
- 250 stickers

2-3 Color graphics- Due next thursday
Disadvantage: only get a small amount of stickers
C1- (size 1" x 1") -60 stickers
C2- (size 1" x 1.5") -40 stickers
C3- (size 1" x 1.75") -38 stickers
C4- (size 1" x 2") -30 stickers

Submission Guidelines

 

 
Week 7:
   
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Tue 10/7

Please look at the homework from last class.

Stickers:
Setting up different sizes of stickers in Illustrator.
Must decide by today what size your stickers will be.
All students will have to bring in cash or a check for $10.00 for your order on the stickers. This is a small fee and the difference will be coverd by professor.
See above for the amount of stickers you will receive.



Postcards:
Setting up your postcard in Illustrator. (4 x 6) Please see specs on postcards.

These postcards are color on the front side and blacka nd white on the back. All students will have to pay a small fee of $10.00 for your order on the stickers. (This is due next Tuesday October 14.) The difference will be coverd by professor.

All monies must be given to professor by due date. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Stickers will not be printed if money is not received.


 

 

 
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Thur 10/9

Due: Sticker designs

4 x 6 postcards- Color Front, back is black and white only.

Homework:

Postcards are due next class. (October 14th)


One poster only All printed on canvas
Size ______ Cost (you pay)- professor will cover the difference
18 x 24 ____ $6
20 x 30 ____ $10
24 x 36 ____ $15
30 x 40 ____ $20

If you want T-Shirts you need to decide on which type.
Also all designs must be finalized by Next Tuesday. October 14th

White T-Shirts
quantity _____Cost (You pay)- professor will cover the difference
01 _________ $5
05 _________ $15
10 _________ $23

Grey T-Shirts
quantity _____Cost (You pay)- professor will cover the difference
01 _________ $7
05 _________ $20
10 _________ $30

Black T-Shirts
quantity _____Cost (You pay)- professor will cover the difference
01 _________ $9
05 _________ $30
No other options

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 8:
   
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Tue 10/14

Due:
Postcard designs. (And any money due)
T-Shirt Designs (And money due)

 

 

 

 

 

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Thur 10/16

Guest Teacher: Louis Solis

Louis will be the person printing the posters. So you will work with him to refine the layout.

The longest dimenion of the poster is 40 inches. The smaller side can be anything smaller that

 

 

 
Week 9:
   
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Tue 10/21

 

Due: by the end of class.

Your Social/Political poster -On CD
If you are doing a poster.

 

Reminder:
Midterm review
I will do a midterm review sheet to look at where you are. This happens the 7th week of the semester.

So get all your assignments in by this Thursday. I will be grading everything this weekend.

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Thur 10/23

Lab time. Refine Posters based on Suggestions by Professor.

 

 

 
Week 10:
   
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Tue 10/28

Design buttons. (Button Template) Meet with professor to see how your buttons work.

In class (by the end of class):

  • Write a statement about your social issue campaign.
    • Must be at least 50 words.
    • Include where you are from and how you feel about voting and your issue.
    • Include your name and the title of your poster
  • Submit -via email- as a MS word file.

Also.....

  • Make a time sheet with the times you are available to sit in the gallery, Give your... 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice. Must put in at least one full hour for the week. (Must be a full hour). More time would be great.

Put your stickers on the free speech sculpture.

Homework:(for next class)

  • Have a scanned copy of your sketches. Make sure they are at least 250 ppi at 100% - Submit on CD or put on teacher's station
 

 

 
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Thur 10/30

 

Must come in on Friday Oct. 31 to hang your work in the show.

Halloween Party at 2pm on Friday, so if you can come to the gallery by 11am at the latest, we can make buttons and hang the work.

(Volunteers to come early would be great. We have to do some other ajustments before we hang the show.)

 


 

Week 11:
   
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Tue 11/4

Meet in gallery, Reception, party. 11am.

Anyone that come come eartlier to set up food and other stuff would be great!

 

 

 

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Thur 11/6

 

New Project. Using In-Design

Editorial Design Project

In class

  • Demo: Basic In-design

Homework:(for next class- Thursday Nov. 13)

  • Practice #5:
    • Read Chapter 1: Getting to Know the Work Area. (pg 47- 78)
    • Read Chapter 2: Setting up your document.
      Go through and make changes to the document provided.(02_b.indd)
      • Change size
      • Change the number of columns
      • Re-align items to the columns
      • Add page numbers on master page and add a different phrase next to the page number.

 

  • Due Phase 1 of Editorial Design Project (Please see the editorial sheet. At bottom of the webpage in this link is the steps and due dates.)

 

 

 

 

Week 12:
   
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Tue 11/11

NO class- Veterans Day- Remember all who have served for our country.

 

 

 

 

 
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Thur 11/13

In class

  • Demo: Scaning images
  • Lecture: resolution

Break

  • Instructor will go around and speak to everyone about what they are doing.

Homework: Due Tuesday- no exceptions (We have little time on this project.)

  • Scan:

    • You will need to scan several images for your editorial

    • Must have the images scanned by Tuesday Nov. 18th
      This is the second part of your grade and you will get docked if you do not have this item.

    Text:

    • You will also need to scan the article(text). In class on tuesday the professor will show you how to use OCR. Wether you scan the article and convert it to editable text or you find the information online, you may need to do some basic editing to make it work for your personality.

    Title of article and subtitle:

    • Based on the copy (text content) you have found, you will need to come up with a title for the article. (a subtitle is just as important.) So start brainstorming and by Nov. 18th come up with an idea for a title and subtitle.
Begin to layout your pictures in In-design if you feel the need to get ahead.

Grids

 

Editorial Terms

Week 13:
   
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Tue 11/18

Due Part 2 of the Editorial Design Project

  • You will need to scan several images from your book in order to start designing.
  • You will also need to scan the article and professor will show you how to use OCR. Whether you scan the article and convert it to editable text or you find the information online, you may need to do some basic editing to make it work for your personality.
  • Based on the copy you have found, you will need to come up with a title for the article. (a subtitle is just as important.) So start brainstorming and by this date come up with an idea.

 

 

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Thur 11/20

 

Look at Tuesday and that is what is due today.

Due Part 2 of Editorial Design Project

Demonstration:

  • OCR convergence
  • Layout images on pages
  • Make text flow in columns
  • Setting up columns
  • Aligning images to grids
  • Using Illustrator for graphics- Importing to indesign
  • Live trace- Magazine Logos

 

Homework: Due Part 3 of Editorial Design Project---Tuesday- no exceptions (We have little time on this project.)

Layout — Indesign:

  • Set up a 2 page document.
  • Make sure the pages are facing eachother
  • Set up a grid structure
  • Layout images and text for first spread only.

Have 10 different versions of your 2 spreads on the computer.

  • Use different images for each version.
  • Experiment with textures
  • (Do Not use the color black in the background).

Cover of magazine

  • What other items will be placed on cover?
  • What image will you use?
  • What will the tag line say about the feture article?

 

 

 

 

Editorial Terms

Grid discussion

Editorial examples 01 | Samples 02 | Samples 03

Table of contents samples

Cover samples

Week 14:
   
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Tue 11/25

Due Part 4 of Editorial Design Project---Tuesday- no exceptions (We have little time on this project.)

Questions and answer session.
Professor will look at student work.

 

Homework:

Cover of magazine

  • Have 5 varrations of your cover designs by next Tuesday.
  • The cover should have the title of the mgazine and the title of your article.

Spreads

  • Layout the 3rd spread for your article.
  • Have an idea about which design you will choose.

Must have these items by this day. This is the fourth part of your grade and you will get docked if you do not have this item.

 

 
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Thur 11/27

Thanksgiving--- No class

 
Week 15:
   
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Tues 12/2

Due: See the homework section from last week.

 

 

 
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Thur 12/4

Do not be late.
Otherwise you will miss the demo on creating a portfolio PDf of your work..

*****Due today......

  • Have 5 varrations of your cover designs by this date
  • Layout the 3rd spread for your article

I will show you how to set up your files and prepare a portfolio for this class.

Homework:

1. Prep your files for a digital portfolio of your work.

--Vote-Poster, Vote Sticker, Vote Buttons, Vote Postcards, Editorial Layout, Cover of Magazine

Must be submitted on CD. 2 versions of the pdf. One low res, one high res.

This digital PDF portfolio is one of your grades.

If you are uncertain about your fiels, you can supply the indesign file and all the linked images and the fonts.

PLEASE ask me for your digital files from the GraphicArt the Vote show. I made small changes to the graphics so you need those images.

 


----------------------Due Exam Day or You can drop it off on Thursday Dec. 11th from 11 - 12

 

 
 
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Tues 12/9

Thurs. 12/11

No class!

No class

 

 

 

 
 
Friday 12/12

Can come to room 404 from 9am - 10am to drop off work.

 

 
Tues 12/16

Exam Day: 10:15 - 11:00 (45 minutes)

Drop off CD- Must be a multiple page pdf.

Drop off of your work will be from 10:15 to 11:15
No lates.

Final Exam project is your portfolio as a multiple page PDF on CD Rom.

Class will end at 11:00- Professor will leave at 11:00 sharp so if you are late you will have to meet her on Thursday at 11am. Please email the professor if you forsee a problem.