Federico is a Melbourne-based communication designer and illustrator, who is currently teaching Digital Technology, Web Design, PR and Marketing Communications at RMIT University, Melbourne. Federico is an advocate for eLearning, digital technology and Social Media Marketing. He explores his passion for furniture and cutlery design in projects in his studio. "Cutlery design still allows a designer to explore aesthetics on a sculptural level while engaging sensual aspects as well as practicality."

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  1. Lines
  2. Lines in Design
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Lines

Warm-up

We will look at lines today with fresh eyes (I hope). Line can be defined as having a starting point and an end point and the connection between the two is what the line actually is.

Lines are quite an amazing tool for many creators: when drawing the caricaturist uses lines to create his mean contortions to display a fatter, bolder, thinner, long nosed, big mouthed version of his subject. A writer uses lines to create text filled with meaning.

A graph shows the changes in the economy and an arrow points at something.

Lines can be a powerful tool of expression and we will start today’s class with a blank sheet of paper and a pencil.

Draw 5 lines to express 5 concepts, themes or emotions. Below are examples:

  • forgetfulness
  • playfulness
  • sadness
  • happiness
  • searching
  • excited
  • technology
  • nature
  • anything that you come up with …

About Lines

What is a line?

A line is a fundamental design and art element. We describe the world around us with line drawings. We draw the contour or outline of objects and shapes that we see around us to define them on a sheet of paper, a canvas or other 2D platform. This was already established by our forefathers who used the walls of caves as their canvas to depict the world around them.

Work by Egon Schiele, found at Mom.org
Work by Egon Schiele, found at Mom.org

The illustration is by Viennese artist Egon Schiele (pronounced: Sheelah) and you notice how lines are used to display the outlines and expression of a man. The lines do not exist as such in life, a person does not have a contour line around them and their eyes are not two curved lines either.

So, lines are used as a form of expression. Lines are borrowed in drawings to create shapes and outlines.

The function of a line in design (and art) goes beyond that though.

First and foremost in an abstract sense a line is something that we perceive more than view. It gives us a sense of direction. In this sense lines seem to always have one or more directions.

The swirls in the image are made up of numerous lines. Courtesy of: www.openprocessing.org
The swirls in the image are made up of numerous lines. Courtesy of: http://www.openprocessing.org

The lines in the image above seem to move from left to right if you are of a culture that reads from left to right.

Characteristics

Lines can be looked at by characteristics:

  • Length
  • Weight (darkness/thickness)
  • Direction

Basic Applications

Lines can be looked at by their basic application:

  • Outline describes the outer boundary of a two-dimensional shape.
  • Contour is the use of line to define the edge of an object and emphasize the volume or mass of the form.
  • Gestural lines are quick marks that capture the impression of a pose or movement.
  • Implied lines are suggested or broken lines that are completed with your imagination through the concept of closure. An arrow is used to suggest a direction or path for the eye to follow.
  • Calligraphy is beautiful, expressive marks. An expressive stroke freely uses the characteristics of line to convey emotion to the viewer, much like an individual’s handwriting changes with different moods.
  • Analytical line is a formal use of line. Analytical line is closer to geometry with its use of precise and controlled marks. A grid is a very popular analytical use of visual line as a way to organize a design. The Golden Section is an example of the traditional use of analytical classical line, which uses calculated implied lines to bring unity to the structure of a painting composition.
  • Modeling line is used to create the illusion of volume in drawing. Hatching is the use of parallel lines to suggest value change. Parallel lines on another angle can be added to create cross-hatching to build up a gradation and more value in areas of a drawing.
  • Directional lines suggest movement or a path of vision and have specific connotations associated with them for example: Vertical lines suggest power and authority; horizontal lines suggest peace and tranquility. Together they give a feeling of calm and stability. Diagonal lines suggest tension; curved lines are graceful and fluid. Together they create a feeling of stress and movement.
    Linear perspective can be applied to drawing to create the illusion of depth on a two-dimensional surface.  (Source: http://www.onlineartcenter.com/line.html)

Lines in Design

Look at the example below of lines in design from a Google search:

Lines Google Image Search
Lines Google Image Search

Click on the image above and save 5 -10 images to inspire you to create a Photoshop generated image that displays lines as a rhythmic component.

Before you save the file and email it to me, make sure to include the Meta Data.

Below is an example of a Photoshop generated study incorporating a portrait of the US-American actress Grace Kelly (image can be found at: GettingCheeky) with straight lines at different angles and a wallpaper found on FreeFever.com.

Study - Lines and Grace Kelly - by Federico Viola photo: courtesy of GettingCheeky.com and curved lines wallpaper: courtesy of FreeFever.com
Study – Lines and Grace Kelly – by Federico Viola
photo: courtesy of GettingCheeky.com and curved lines wallpaper: courtesy of FreeFever.com
Study - Lines and Grace Kelly - by Federico Viola photo: courtesy of GettingCheeky.com and curved lines wallpaper: courtesy of FreeFever.com
Study – Lines and Grace Kelly – by Federico Viola
photo: courtesy of GettingCheeky.com and curved lines wallpaper: courtesy of FreeFever.com

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Today’s Class

  • Dreamweaver – Session 4
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Part of a table created in Dreamweaver. The colour is Olive.
Part of a table created in Dreamweaver. The colour is Olive.

Dreamweaver – Session 4

We will commence today’s Dreamweaver session by looking at the same content from Tuesday’s class.

Please open Dreamweaver and then transfer the content from the links below (Tables):

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Today’s Class

  • Assessment Task 1
  • CSS Tutorial on W3Schools.com
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Assessment Task 1

Continue on Assessment Task 1. Use your copy or the file below (if you have not started yet.) Assessment 1 CSS Tracking

CSS Tutorial on W3Schools.com

Today I will ask you to work through these chapters alone and fill your findings in the Assessment 1 CSS Tracking!

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  • Assignment 2 – Customer Service
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Assignment 2 – Customer Service

Today I will give out the final assessment task for customer service. Please read How to handle customer complaints – TrainingMag and participate in the class activity.

Afterwards complete the assessment below:

Assessment 2 Customer Service.

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  1. Learning Needs
  2. Learning Styles
  3. Assessment 1
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Learning Needs

Learning needs are the requirements that the learner needs to learn to pass a subject or to move to the next step.

So, a learning needs analysis is conducted to recognise the gap between the existing skills, knowledge and abilities and those that are needed for the level of education. Once this gap is determined, decisions can be taken as to the type of training required (if this is the preferred action) and the form of delivery.

By conducting a learning needs analysis, you can identify what features are needed in your e-learning game.

Write down the learning needs of your target audience? Start this point of with the desired outcome: what does the learner need to learn?

This is a good point to brainstorm. What is it that you need to expose your learner to?

Read more about Learning Needs at AssetProject.info.

Learning Styles

Every learner has a preferred style of learning. The majority of learners prefer a mix of learning styles.

Look up the link Learning Styles Online and discover which learning style is your preferred one.

Assessment 1

E-Learning Conceptual Layout of Screen: www.emedicus.co.uk
E-Learning Conceptual Layout of Screen: http://www.emedicus.co.uk

Assessment 1 – Research

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Today’s Class

  • Units of Competency
  • Assessment 1
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Units of Competency

This class is a cluster of:

There will be one assessment delivered from:

  • ICAWEB413A Optimise Search Engines
  • ICAWEB424A Evaluate and Select a Web Hosting Service

Assessment 1

Students can work on this assessment until completion.

C2 – Assessment 1 SNS

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  • Dreamweaver – Session 3
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Dreamweaver – Session 3

We will continue the Dreamweaver training on Adobe TV’s Webdesign Channel.

Adobe TV – Learn Dreamweaver CS5 & CS5.5

After entering the Adobe TV site (link above) you should see an icon with resources at the top of the window. Download these and install on your D-drive.

Note: You will not see resources unless you have sign up with Adobe TV (for free).

Placing Images on the Page (7:44)

Creating Links in Dreamweaver (11:10)

Understanding Style Sheets (2:23)

Controlling CSS from the Property Inspector (5:21)

Using Live View and CSS Inspect (7:58)

Simplified Site Setup in Dreamweaver CS5 (5:43)

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Today’s Class

  • Units of Competency
  • Assessment 1
  • Feedback

Units of Competency

This class is a cluster of:

There will be one assessment delivered from:

  • ICAWEB413A Optimise Search Engines
  • ICAWEB424A Evaluate and Select a Web Hosting Service

Assessment 1

Please complete the attached assessment task and upload on MyKangan by the due date.

C2 – Assessment 1 SNS

You can work on the assessment in class.

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