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Today’s Class

  • Discuss your assessment progress with Assessment 1
  • Discuss your approach to your target audience
  • Inspirations

Progress with Assessment 1

Please open your assessment 1 – Student Diary Cover; I will walk around and look at everyone’s progress. Please open up anything you have done.

I would like to see some ideas and concepts at this stage, a description of the target audience and possibly you might have started on the project in Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign. I will spend approximately 20 mins on this.

Inspirations for Assessment 1 – Student Diary

Swiss International Style – an iconic style of graphic design from the 1950s, strongly influenced by the ideals of the German Bauhaus – Click the image for a Google search on Swiss Style:

Swiss International Style Screenshot Google

Swiss International Style
Swiss International Style

Constructivism – The immensely graphic art and propaganda style of Communist Russia, or to be more precise, of the Soviet Union. Early 1920s – 1940s. Click the image for a Google search on Constructivism:


Vietnamese Propaganda Posters – this is a particular style popular in Communist Vietnam. Visually very flat with the use of rich patterns and stunning in colour scheme. I feel very attracted to this style. Vietnam particularly in 1960s and 1970s. Click the image for a Google search on Vietnamese Propaganda Poster:

Vietnamese Propaganda Poster
Vietnamese Propaganda Poster

Photomontage – Artform that became extremely popular in the early 20th Century. Particularly popular in German Expressionism and Dadaism. Click the images for links to the original images or sites:

Photomontage: Amir Ebrahim Photography
Photomontage: Amir Ebrahim Photography
Massive Attack - The Essential Mix
Massive Attack – The Essential Mix
Couple found at
Couple found at
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ruthworkx -
Mosaic of Sofia Coppola - by Maurizio Galimberti -
Mosaic of Sofia Coppola – by Maurizio Galimberti –
Photo Montage by SGlider12 on - Click image for great Gimp tutorial
Photo Montage by SGlider12 on – Click image for great Gimp tutorial

Assessment 2 – Design a GUI

This assessment covers this class for these units: Create Visual Design Components and  Analyse Information and Assign Meta-Tags and Create A User Interface.

Due Date: in July

Design a Graphic User Interface. You can choose to design for a Website or App.

First: think about a project. What do you want the GUI to be for? Think about a client scenario, who is your client and what is the purpose of the site or app? What do you want the user to do after visiting it?

Develop sketches and refine your design in Photoshop.

You will need 4 pages (example Website: home, about us, portfolio, …)

Make sure to include:
Platform consideration – basically decide on the output platform and write it down
Dimensions – at what size will the user view your GUI?
Target Audience – Visit class 3 for ‘Visual Design Components’ for ideas on how to develop your target audience.
Influences – ‘screenshot after screenshot’, capture screenshots of influences, look up sites that influenced you.
UCD considerations, design your GUI around User Centred Design considerations
Follow a step by step approach for your design process – Visit class 2 for ‘Visual Design Components’ for examples of a design process

You will need to supply original photos taken by you! Each photo needs meta-data assigned to it. Include photographer details, tags, image title, copyright statement. Include a folder with the edited images with meta-data.

Tutorial9 - Glossy Reflection
Tutorial9 – Glossy Reflection

Glossy Reflection Tutorial

Follow the in-class presentation of this tutorial The 5 Essential Photoshop Reflections or complete it yourself.

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  • Today we will talk about what an organisation or business will look at when recruiting and inducting employees
  • We will have a guest speaker: Rao Diwakar. Assistant Manager of ICT at Kangan Institute
  • Work on Assessment 1
  • Guest Speaker on Thursday: Michael Ball, Manager of SSR at Kangan Institute

Recruiting and Inducting Employees

Finding suitable staff for a business is central for the success and often the survival of a business. The task of having to find the right person falls to a manager responsible for the operational side of a business. At an institute like Kangan it is the role of a department manager to find suitable candidates. Some organisations may have a more centralised approach and get their HR (Human Resources) department to conduct the recruitment.

An organisation needs to first establish what position is available. This will depend on their needs.

Their needs will be written down in form of a Position Description.  A position description will make the task of finding the right person for the job more streamlined. From the position description the recruiter will develop a set of Key Selection Criteria. Key selection criteria are the skills, attributes, knowledge and qualifications essential for satisfying the requirements of the job.

Almost every job vacancy will have a list of Key Selection Criteria attached to it. Applicants who fail to address those in their application will most likely fail at getting the job.

Finding the Right Candidate for a Job... - Photo AdamRiley from
Finding the Right Candidate for a Job… – Photo AdamRiley from

In Class Task

What job or career are you interested in? Do a job search on SEEKCareerOne, GumTree or MyCareer for a job advertisement. Try to find the Key Selection Criteria for that position.

You might to search for a moment and you are likely to only find an excerpt of the criteria, generally the full list is available on request. Bookmark the ad.

Class Discussion

Share the Key Selection Criteria of your job advert with the class. Pick one and describe in your words what it means. Do you think that you would suit that criterion?

Guest Speaker

Rao Diwakar makes operational plans and decisions as part of his work . He is so kind to share some of his knowledge on operational planning, creation of KPIs, recruiting and inducting employees and performance monitoring and management strategies. It is a great opportunity to ask him questions. So, try to get as much information of him and use the time well.

Assessment 1

The rest of class time will be used for you to work on assessment 1. It is due on 4/6. You do not need to make the answers up, you can ask experts and get them to supply you with the answers – it is a research assessment.

Assessment 1

This Thursday

We will have a third and final guest speaker on Thursday (during our EDSS class) to give us an insight into this topic. The guest speaker is Michael Ball, the manager of SSR (Student Support and Recreation). SSR has a different purpose to ICT and it will be very interesting to hear his focus on operational planning.

The three guest speakers should make the completion of the first Assessment a walk in the park.