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  • Discuss Assessment 2
  • Inspirations for Tables of Content
  • Feedback

Assessment 2

You can work on Assessment 2 in class and I will help with questions:

Assessment 2 Multimedia Production

Below is an example of the Multimedia Production Cycle:

Multimedia Production Cycle - This image is under the Creative Common Agreement, you can use it but will need to reference this site: www.classoffederico.wordpress.com
Multimedia Production Cycle – This image is under the Creative Common Agreement, you can use it but will need to reference this site: www.classoffederico.wordpress.com

Inspirations for Tables of Content

Below are some ideas for a table of content. You can always go for a traditional table of content or do something more exciting.

Make sure that the information is easy to find. A good design is one that is easy to understand. This should not stop you from making it fun though.

Some of the images can be found at this good compilation of table of content designs: Smashing Magazine – Table of Content: Creative Examples.

Colourful Table of Content - Ribbons in Primary Colours - found at: LifeBlue.com
Colourful Table of Content – Ribbons in Primary Colours – found at: LifeBlue.com
Text and Shapes - This design lends itself to an interactive use - found at: Klafferty.com
Text and Shapes – This design lends itself to an interactive use – found at: Klafferty.com
Text-based Table of Content - Very Graphic and Black and White- found at: Smashing Magazine (click image for inspiring article on table of content design)
Text-based Table of Content – Very Graphic and Black and White- found at: Smashing Magazine (click image for inspiring article on table of content design)
Text and Shapes - This design lends itself to an interactive use - found at: Smashing Magazine (click image for inspiring article on table of content design)
Text and Shapes – This design lends itself to an interactive use – found at: Smashing Magazine (click image for inspiring article on table of content design)
Table of Content from Textbook - This design lends itself to an interactive use - found at: Smashing Magazine (click image for inspiring article on table of content design)
Table of Content from an old Textbook – This design lends itself to an interactive use, the bird silhouettes could get highlighted when touched – found at: Smashing Magazine (click image for inspiring article on table of content design)
Fruity Design - This is great for a menu, very appetizing thumbnails - found at: WeddingPhotography.com
Fruity Design – This is great for a menu, very appetizing thumbnails – found at: WeddingPhotography.com.ph
Colours, Numbers and Boxes - very happy and alive, personally I do not like the distortion of the word content - found at: Flickr
Colours, Numbers and Boxes – very happy and alive, personally I do not like the distortion of the word content – found at: Flickr
Typographic with Colours and Photos - The use of large numbers is effective and the low opacity of the boxes works, personally, I find it looks a bit dated- found at: JuxtaPost.com
Typographic with Colours and Photos – The use of large numbers is effective and the low opacity of the boxes works, personally, I find it looks a bit dated- found at: JuxtaPost.com

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Today’s Class

  • Work on Assessment 1
  • Compare the Completed Experience Planner
  • Inspirations for Layout
  • InDesign Workshop
  • Assessment 2
  • Feedback
A Clean and Beautiful Layout for a Portfolio by Graphic Designer Derek Chan. Source: Computer Arts Projects- Issue 153, 2011, Design for the Web
A Clean and Beautiful Layout for a Portfolio by Graphic Designer Derek Chan. Source: Computer Arts Projects- Issue 153, 2011, Design for the Web

Work on Assessment 1

You will work on Assessment 1 in class for the first 2 hours. You should be close to completion and hopefully be able to complete Assessment 1 by the end of class.

Compare the Completed Experience Planner

Use the attached experience planner, that we completed in class based on the CentreLink experience: Experience Planner- filled in partly after class 04.

Use it to help you create an experience planner for the event PDF that you are creating. This will give you the ability to focus on fixing negative experiences and planning for a positive experience with a product or service.

Inspirations for Layouts

Inspirations for layouts can be found at various places:

  • Creative Hotlist this site has a large selection of solid design ideas. You will find many design concepts that are inspiring to look at and are complete as a work.
  • Born Book is a beautiful and inspiring interactive PDF document.
  • Issuu is a site that allows you to publish your work and you can find a large number of publications there.
  • Lonny is the website of the Lonny Magazine, a online home decor magazine that highlights inspiring interiors, innovative designers, and the latest things to buy for interiors. Their online interactive magazines are good examples of interactive PDFs and layouts.

More example of interactive PDFs (posted last week): Adobe Magazine, Font Magazine, Know-It-All Guidebook to King West, Vektoria Magazine, Blanket Magazine Revolution Art Magazine, Revolution Art Issue 40,

Swiss travel poster from 1934 by Herbert Matter - Source: http://swisstype.wordpress.com/work/
Swiss travel poster from 1934 by Herbert Matter – Source: http://swisstype.wordpress.com/work/

Look at art styles and movements for layout ideas:

'For Great Road Trips: Switzerland' Poster by Herbert Matter in (Swiss) International Style -  Source: http://swisstype.wordpress.com/work/
‘For Great Road Trips: Switzerland’ Poster by Herbert Matter in (Swiss) International Style – Source: http://swisstype.wordpress.com/work/

InDesign Workshop

This InDesign workshop will look at the creation of interactive buttons.

The workshop will be held in class.

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Assessment 2

To be handed out. Check for updates within the next hours.

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Today’s Class

  • Assessment 1
  • Discuss Assessment 1
  • Feedback

Assessment 1

Assessment 1 is a planning assessment. Your focus will be on creating an interactive PDF for an event of your choice. Assessment 2 will then focus on the creation of the interactive PDF. We will go through the steps of creating the interactive PDF in the next 2 weeks.

Assessment 1 MM Production The Event

Below is an example of the Experience Planner completed in class: Experience Planner- filled in partly after class 04.

Discuss Assessment 1

Assessment 1 requires of you to plan an interactive PDF for an event of your choice. Assessment 1 will not require for you to create this interactive PDF, you will just plan for it.

Example of interactive PDFs: Adobe Magazine, Font Magazine, Know-It-All Guidebook to King West, Vektoria Magazine, Blanket Magazine Revolution Art Magazine, Revolution Art Issue 40,

Ideas for Events, Style and Feel

Look at the text for class 5 for ideas for events: Multimedia Production – Class 4

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Today’s Class

  • Compare the Completed Experience Planner
  • Discuss Assessment 1
  • Homework for Assessment 1
  • Feedback

Compare the Completed Experience Planner

Attached is our experience planner, that we completed in class based on the CentreLink experience: Experience Planner- filled in partly after class 04.

Just to clarify, the idea with this experience planner is to have a more detailed look at the actual experience of a customer or user. This will give you the ability to focus on fixing negative experiences and planning for a positive experience with a product or service.

Discuss Assessment 1

Assessment 1 requires of you to plan an interactive PDF for an event of your choice. Assessment 1 will not require for you to create this interactive PDF, you will just plan for it.

Interactive PDFs and apps are good ways to promote events. We will focus on the creation of an interactive PDF in this class. Events can be promoted with style in this format. It allows for the promotion of the event and sponsors. Links to websites, addresses, phone numbers, embedded videos, there are a lot of options to include hypermedia elements in a PDF.

Example of interactive PDFs: Adobe Magazine, Font Magazine, Know-It-All Guidebook to King West, Vektoria Magazine, Blanket Magazine Revolution Art Magazine, Revolution Art Issue 40,

Ideas for Events

In class we discussed ideas for events:

  • Parties
  • Film Festivals (MIFF, French Film Festival, German Film Festival, Italian Film Festival, …)
  • Food Festivals (Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Festivale, Tasting Australia, Great Barrier Feast, …)
  • Music Festivals (Stereosonic, Summadayze, Big Day Out, Soundwave, …)
  • Sport Events (Skateboard Event, Football World Cup 2014 in Brazil, Olympics, Melbourne Cup, …)
  • Health Events
  • Holiday Resorts (for tourists)
  • Fashion Week
  • Cultural Festival (Phil Fest)

Ideas for the Style, Look and Feel

To set yourself apart from the rest it is important to create work that is visually inspiring and in a style that appeals to the right target audience, but that is also within the spirit of time or contemporary. Be careful not to create the same old and to do something that you were inspired to by a software tutorial. The result would be most likely boring.

Look at contemporary design ideas and influences. Start your search in my links: Links to Inspire You (at the right side of this blog) include links to sites such as:

Each of these sites is filled with great inspirational designs! Use their Search tabs to access their databases.

Post on Retro Style Graphics on www.dzineblog.com - click image for link
Post on Retro Style Graphics on http://www.dzineblog.com – click image for link

Other ways to find inspirational designs and contemporary graphics

Look for the works of contemporary graphic artists and designers:

Jamie McKelvie

Jamie has a comic artist and illustrator. His works are interesting plays on figure/ground relationship (or positive and negative space).

If you look at the illustration below, her body is very abstract and basically just made up of a number of diagonal lines. Her shoulder and upper body are shown in shape, but towards the lower end of the shirt the lines are just left unfinished. I find this an interesting treatment and the illustration appeals.

The star in the top right is a cutout of the the diagonal lines, which are already very dynamic. The title has been highly stylised. The texture has an aged, scratched finish and the arrangement of the type is very interesting, it looks like display type used in a shop front.

Illustration: Jamie McKelvie - Suburban Glamour Comic Series
Illustration: Jamie McKelvie – Suburban Glamour Comic Series
Illustration: Jamie McKelvie - Art Brut Record
Illustration: Jamie McKelvie – Art Brut Record – Found at McKelvie’s Flickr account (click image)

Children’s Book Illustrations

There are many different styles of children’s book illustrations. One thing they all have in common is their target audience: children. That is what makes them so unique and often you can sense a desire in the illustrator to add a lot of story telling qualities and depth to the characters.

The interesting thing about children’s books as a source of inspiration is that you can search by designer or era.

You might be surprised that iconic graphic designer Saul Bass illustrated a children’s book. ‘Henri’s Walk to Paris’ was published in 1962 and if you look at the pages you will recognise the style of Bass. I strongly believe that children should be exposed to good graphic design ideas. I don’t mean the theory, but the children’s book should be inspiring. Below are some pages from ‘Henri’s Walk to Paris’.

From 'Henri's Walk to Paris' 1962 - children's book by Saul Bass Found at: Brainpickings.org
From ‘Henri’s Walk to Paris’ 1962 – children’s book by Saul Bass Found at: Brainpickings.org
From 'Henri's Walk to Paris' 1962 - children's book by Saul Bass Found at: Brainpickings.org
From ‘Henri’s Walk to Paris’ 1962 – children’s book by Saul Bass Found at: Brainpickings.org

The Street Art of Jef Aerosol

A Beautiful Piece by Aerosol found on his Facebook
A Beautiful Piece by Aerosol found on his Facebook

Look at GUI Design Trends:

There is a clear move towards touch interfaces, due to tablets and other mobile trends. This can be seen in the Windows 8 Metro interface and latest trends in the Xbox 360 interface.

Windows 8 Metro Interface - Courtesy of www.geeky-gadgets.com
Windows 8 Metro Interface – Courtesy of http://www.geeky-gadgets.com
Xbox 360 GUI - Courtesy of www.engadget.com
Xbox 360 GUI – Courtesy of http://www.engadget.com

Google Search for Contemporary Graphics:

Google Search for Contemporary Graphics
Google Search for Contemporary Graphics

Google Search for Retro Futurism:

Retro Futurism - Click the image for a Google Search

Search for specific events – example Stereosonic

Stereosonic 2011
Stereosonic 2011

Search for specific technique: 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

Homework for Assessment 1

Please complete the tasks below for next class:

  1. Pick an Event
  2. Find 10+ images for a style/feel that you like for the interactive PDF
  3. Write down events + locations for the event (relevant to your event)
    • eg: Skateboard Week
      • events
      • shops
      • cafes
      • parks
      • map

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