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May 11, 2006

Brandon + Rachael's: showcase makeover

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Graphic Design 1 :
final project of the semester
Extreme Makeover : Showcase Edition

Brandon Hagstrom's blog

May 8, 2006

Green Box project


Gen Johnsen's Green Box project
Mastering Mehndi

The kit has the supplies for making and applying the henna, as well as an informational booklet. All elements were designed to fit into the wooden box required by the green design assignment.

AIGA : VOICE magazine spreads


Page 1 + 2 of Topher McCulloch's
Magazine spread for GD1 class.

Each student was asked to choose an article from
Voice: AIGA Journal of Design and reformat it for use in a print design magazine.

Extreme Makeover : Showcase Edition

Project Evaluation
Graphic Design 1 : Spring 06
Extreme Makeover : SHOWCASE EDITION

Please upload before + after jpgs of your showcase to your blog.

showcase location:
showcase client:
Describe your ideation + brainstorming process on this project:

What issues came up as you interviewed your client:

You were asked to generate two different approaches to the showcase design... what were they:

What issues came up as you began to plan + work with materials :

Evaluate the success of the concept and craft of your finished showcase:

May 5, 2006

Manifesto Poster


poster by Maria Haertel...

Maria Haertel
View student blog

Here the content of the manifesto is represented more as utopian vision, than a document of graphic agitation.

Much debate circled at the drafting of the First Things First Manifesto by leaders in the design field. Students are so removed from the professional practice of graphic design that it seems difficult for them to relate to the issues raised. Their struggles seem to exist within the power relationships of college and their families. Some seem apathetic about what they will use their skills to promote... Resigned to a vision of corporate structure in their future, they are more concerned about getting a job of any kind after graduation.

EYE Magazine : First Things First Manifesto


Rick Poynor in Emigre

I think it's a valid assignment, and one way to have students engage in dialog about the core issues to the profession of design... Perhaps next time I will have them draft their own manifestos... about something they care about individually.

Cole's view

Kabao's view

Trevor's view

Chris's view

Gen's view

Perhaps it's ridiculous to require anyone to craft a manifesto!
(but wasn't the Declaration of Independence an assignment handed to Jefferson?)

First Things First Manifesto


poster by Gen Johnsen

Early in the semester, I asked Graphic Design 3 students to begin blogging about the role of the Citizen Designer as covered by a series of essays in Steven Heller's book. Their first assignment was to read the First Things First Manifesto drafted in the 1960s and revisited in 2000. The students designed a version of the manifesto + commented upon it on their own blogs.

May 2, 2006

Hades & Persephone

caves2.jpg Taryn Boetcher used photoshop to create this surreal composite depicting the abduction of Persephone. That cave is the site in Eleusis of the mythological entrance to the Underworld.

Eleusis Pottery

kernos_pottery.jpg Ivana Savic used a combination of drawing, 3d Digital modeling and Photoshop to create this 2d Digital montage of vessel forms used in the Mysteries at Eleusis. This work will be integrated into the Mysteries Bonus Disk Project. It's interesting to observe students moving fluidly between 3d and 2d imaging software. They are beginning to be able to use the 3d software the way traditional artists use the tool of perspective drawing to render 3d space onto a 2d surface. We need to re-examine how we use the terms 2d and 3d in this screen based world.

Ivana's portrait


Uploading a File

Uploading a File

You want to upload a file such as an image or PDF and perhaps create an entry for it.


Click the Upload File button in the Weblog Toolbar.


Movable Type offers an interface for uploading files onto your web server for use on your site. You can upload files to your Local Site Path or any directory beneath it.

To upload a file click the Upload File button in the Weblog Toolbar. Choose the file you wish to upload from your system and decide where you'd like to upload it. For example, if you are uploading an image, and you typically keep all of your images in an images directory under your Local Site Path, enter "images" into the text box. After choosing the destination for the uploaded file click the Upload button.

If a file with the same name already exists in the destination directory you will be asked if the file should be overwritten. If you choose No, the file you uploaded will be not be stored, allowing you to rename it locally and upload again.

Creating Links

For Help using this Moveable Type Program:

There are different ways to create BLOG Links...
One way is to use the link icon if you make an Entry in ceratin browsers (Mozilla works for this)

Auto-link URLs
This setting will dictate whether bare, unlinked URLs (e.g. should be converted to links by the system upon publishing the comment. This is a recommended setting.

BUT IF YOU WANT TO open a new window in a blog link,
you need to use special html
that you paste right into the entry in your blog


(Look in your email for the html tag I sent to you that creates links... I can't paste it here...for reasons I don't understand!)
BY THE WAY: we are finding that some of the browsers allow for linking right from
the new entry box...(click on the link icon in Mozilla.) BUT THEN mozilla doesn't
always view the images you upload onto your blog! This can be frustrating. If your
blog doesn't look right, try quitting your browser, and looking at the blog in a
different browser. (some browsers are: Safari, mozilla, explorer, firefox... they
all operate slightly differently, which is part of why it's so hard to design for
the web!)