Visual Arts Open Studio Hours

Visual Arts Open Studio Hours

  • Tuesday, January 22 – 7:30-10:30AM
  • Thursday, January 24 – 7:30-10:30AM
  • Friday, January 25 7:30-10:30AM
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Infographic Day 8: Picking a Cohesive Color Scheme

Today’s essential question: How can I balance similarly saturated colors with neutrals to create a cohesive color scheme?

Look at the infographics below. Each infographic has a few dominant colors of equal saturation or brightness, as well as some neutrals. What purpose do the neutrals serve? What might the dominant colors for your infographic be? Why is it important to conscientiously limit your color palette?

The coolors website and the design seeds website are great resources for picking color schemes.

Today we will:

  • Continue working on our infographic projects
  • Create a new blog post with our progress. Include:
    • a PDF of your project
    • a PNG of your project
    • a few sentences explaining what has been easy and what is still challenging

Infographic Day 7: Organizing Info with Shapes and Lines

Today’s essential question: How can I visually organize information by using shapes and lines in my infographic?

Analyze how the infographics below use shapes and/or lines to visually organize information:

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Analyze how past SOTA students used shapes and/or lines to visually organize information:

Today we will:

  • Continue working on our infographic projects, adding shapes and lines to group like pieces of information
  • Upload the newest PDF of our progress to our Google Drives
  • Post both a PDF and PNG of our progress to our blogs

Infographic Day 6: Design Rockstars

Today’s essential questions: What are some things that are working well in the featured student examples below? What could be improved to make them even better? What ideas do these give you about your own project?

Things to critique:

  • Visual Hierarchy
  • Quality of Graphics
  • Typography

Missing Silhouette PDFs

grumpy_cat_santa.jpgThe following people never posted the PDF files of their finished silhouette projects to their blogs. The projects were printed over break, but if you would like a small version of your project printed for the show that opens next week, please post your PDF to your blog IMMEDIATELY:

  • Ezequiel
  • Jamila
  • Hsa

Today we will:

  • Analyze the progress of our infographics so far
  • Continue working on our infographic projects, incorporating any changes we may want to make after today’s in progress critique
  • Upload the newest PDF of our progress to our Google Drives
  • Post both a PDF and PNG of our progress to our blogs

Infographic Day 5: Typography & Visual Hierarchy

Today’s essential question: How can I use typography to create a professional, easy to read infographic?

Many of us are ready to add text to our infographics. When trying to make your text look interesting, don’t use too many different “fun” fonts or your project will look like a hot mess:

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As a general rule, you should use two different typefaces to keep things interesting yet unified. These typefaces should be fairly different to show contrast, and you should use the more decorative one for headings. NEVER set body text in a decorative typeface – it will make it illegible and look unprofessional. The image below explains why:

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Find the above examples entertaining? There’s an entire blog post, titled, “Does your choice of font signify you as a terrifying beast?”

Here are some tips on how to combine typefaces to achieve professional results:

Establish visual hierarchy
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Visual hierarchy tells people where to look first and what is most important. It can be achieved with size, weight, color, texture, orientation and space, or any combination of these tools.

Use different weights of the same typeface
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To pair fonts that come from the same family, plan carefully to create contrast, varying things like font size, weight (such as light, regular, and bold), and case (upper, lower, small caps). One of the benefits of limiting your fonts for a presentation to one font family is that it creates a more consistent look.

 

Create Contrast
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Using contrasting typefaces makes it clear which text are headings and subheads and which are body copy. The differences help create distinct roles for each font, allowing them to stand out as individual pieces of information.

Mix serifs and sans serifs
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One of the most popular ways to combine fonts effectively is to pair a serif and a sans serif. This is a classic combination and it’s almost impossible to get wrong. Serif fonts have the small numbs on the ends of the different strokes of the letters. Sans serif fonts do not have these little nubs.

Avoid combining fonts that are too similar
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Conflicts between fonts happen when the fonts look too similar. As you can see in the example above, the two fonts share the same weight, size and decoration. As a result they’ve become too alike. They’re performing very similar roles, but the small differences are conflicting which makes for an awkward overall effect. This makes it difficult to establish a hierarchy, because the fonts aren’t visually distinguishable from each other. In fact, font combinations that are too similar can often times look like a mistake—as if you’d been experimenting with different fonts and had forgotten to clean up after yourself.

Limit your number of fonts
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As mentioned before, it is generally wise to stick to only two or three fonts. Too many fonts can distract and confuse your audience. Limiting the amount of fonts you use will help create a harmonious, unified design.

Today we will:

  • Continue working on our infographic projects, making sure any typography we add is legible and displays a clear visual hierarchy
  • Upload the newest PDF of our progress to our Google Drives
  • Post both a PDF and PNG of our progress to our blogs

Infographic Day 4: Creating Simple Vector Graphics

Today’s essential question: How can I create simple vector graphics to use in my infographic?

Follow these tips to create successful vector graphics:

Keep it simple

Create your graphic from the simplest shapes possible, and include the minimum amount of details needed for your graphic to be recognizable
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Keep it bold

Create contrast through color, shape, and scale
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Keep your style consistent
  • Either use line art in all areas or no areas.
    Keep an eye on core styles such as line art for defining areas. If you’re going to use it, use it throughout your whole creation.
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  • Use the same palette throughout.
    Introducing new colors to one area only may make that element stick out like a sore thumb.
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Here are some examples of photos of faces that have been successfully turned into vector graphics:

Today we will:

  • Continue working on our infographic designs
  • Create a new blog post with the following:
    • a PDF of our progress (this will look like a link)
    • a PNG of our progress (this will look like an image)
    • a few sentences describing the types of graphics you plan to create, and the style you are going for

Infographic Day 3: Setting Up Our Illustrator Files

Today’s essential question: How will I create my infographic in Adobe Illustrator?

Today we will begin creating our infographics in Illustrator AFTER Ms. Lawson has approved your project proposal. The following people may start working in Illustrator now: Omarion, Dax, Shaborn, Hsa.

Steps to creating the actual infographic file

  1. Open Adobe Illutrastor
  2. Create a new file. File -> New.
    Set the dimensions as follows (flip the height and the width if you want a landscape orientation):
  3. Place the image of your layout sketch. File -> Place. It may not fit the dimensions of the paper exactly.
    That is ok. You can scale and distort it to fit by dragging the top, bottom, and sides of the layout sketch image.
    layout_sketch
  4. In the layers palette, double-click to rename Layer 1.
    Then press the new layer button new_layer to make a new layer, and name it “images to vectorize.”
    You may also want to create a new layer for each image you plan to vectorize.
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  5. Place any reference images you plan to vectorize. File -> Place.
    Hold down on the shift key and scale from the corner until each image is the correct size.
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  6. Use the rectangle tool rectangle_tool to create boxes.
  7. Use the text tool text_tool to add text.
  8. Use the pen tool pen_tool to trace create vector illustrations.
  9. At the end of class, save your file as both a PDF and PNG and upload both files to your blog.
    Also, create a new folder with your project PDF file and any images you are using, and back it up to your Google Drive or USB drive.

Today we will:

  • create a new 12×18 or 18×12 file in Adobe Illustrator
  • place our layout sketch in this file
  • begin vectorizing our layout sketch
  • save our file as a PDF and upload the PDF of our progress to our blog