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DESIGNING

dec
ACTIVITIES
YCN
13 LIVE DESIGN BRIEFS
These briefs are UK focussed and are really for
Tertiary students. They will need to be adapted
and/or modified for use by your students, or they
may give you ideas for other activities.
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ACTIVITY
DESIGN A SKATE PARK
Use these examples for ideas and information so
you can then DESIGN YOUR OWN SKATEPARK
SEE HOW TO USE GOOGLE SKETCHUP
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YOUTUBE
PRODUCT DESIGN
- DEVELOPMENT
- CONCEPT SKETCHING
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kekoKIWI - NZ TOY
New Zealander Shayne Irving developed this
wonderful wooden kiwi toy in his after hours.
Shayne is HOD Graphics and Materials
Technology at Edgewater College, Auckland, and
is one of our Members.
CONGRATULATIONS, Shayne
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aug
DG Student Design Competition
MAGAZINE COVER
The DG Student Design Competition for 2010 has
been run and won.
The winners for 2010 are …
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EXTERNAL WEBSITE


aug
PRODUCT DESIGN
VIDEO   YouTube
Demonstrates the importance of
research in
designing a product
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EXTERNAL WEBSITE


apr
MAJOR ACTIVITY
DESIGN A KIOSK
1
Design a kiosk  
2
Produce a
coloured, rendered pictorial drawing -
using markers
3
Draw a
front view & top view or front view and
end view - showing main dimensions
4
Design and present associated graphics
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DG Student Design Competition
is on again for 2010
This time the brief is to
design a cover for OZ
Graphix, and both tertiary and secondary students
are invited to enter.
For more information
CLICK HERE    
EXTERNAL WEBSITE

mar
FINDING A DESIGNER  
Following on from last month's item CLICK HERE
Here is an interesting website from
/ M / A / S / H /
with some very good examples
CLICK HERE   
EXTERNAL WEBSITE


JAN/FEB
AGDA
FIND A DESIGNER
The Australian Graphic Design Association
(AGDA) is the national organisation for
professional graphic designers.
Their website includes -
FIND A DESIGNER
CLICK HERE  
also
DINZ
Design Institute of New Zealand
CLICK HERE


jan/feb
ACTIVITY
DESIGNING A TICKET
A question on the 2009 exam paper required
students to design a ticket
NOW IT CAN BECOME A
CLASSROOM ACTIVITY
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LOGOS
SIGNAGE

nov
45 RULES FOR CREATING A
GREAT LOGO DESIGN
..... or so Tanner CHRISTENSEN says
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sept
DESIGN VICTORIA: CASE STUDY
INSTANT ROCKSTAR
INSTANT ROCKSTAR identified a need to
rebrand their products, to move away from the
bright, juvenile colours to a more mature image
that would lift the perceived value of their products
CLICK HERE  

BLACK & WHITE
RECYCLING SIGNAGE  
Individual graphics can be downloaded to enable
signs specific to your own recycling and waste
management needs to be produced
CLICK HERE


aug
THE ULTIMATE LIST OF BEST
LOGO DESIGN RESOURCES
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jul
ACTIVITY
LOGOS: FACES
Just how simply can you show a face and still
retain enough information for the person to be
recognisable?
CLICK HERE     


june
TUTORIALS ON THE WEB
LOGOS
VIDEOS   
FAST CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR VIDEOS
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may
ACTIVITY
LOGOS - SHAPE AND REPETITION
Have you ever seen a logo where you see so many
elements screaming to get your attention that you
simply can´t figure out where to look?  There is
nothing wrong with a logo trying to suggest
multiple concepts, principles, etc., but there are
other/better ways of doing it. Most of the designers
of the following logos have done it using SHAPE
and REPETITION.
CLICK HERE  


mar
LOGOS - OLYMPIC GAMES
ALL the logos (referred to as 'EMBLEMS') for the
Summer and Winter Olympic Games from 1924 -
2010
CLICK HERE  
and
50+ AIRLINE LOGOS
CLICK HERE
EXTERNAL WEBSITE


How to Write a LOGO RATIONALE
It is often productive to have written rationales to
accompany each concept. This can help you, the
designer, clarify your thoughts before getting the
concepts in front of your client. The rationales will
help your client to better understand the concepts
from your point of view. In turn, this will help your
client make an educated decision when picking
their final logo.
CLICK HERE
EXTERNAL WEBSITE


THE CREATIVE BRIEF
Questions to Ask Before Designing a Logo
Before beginning a logo design, consider
gathering the necessary information for the job at
hands
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EXTERNAL WEBSITE  


jan/feb
LOGO TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2010
Here are some logo trends that started to pop-up
in 2009 and will most likely continue throughout
2010
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EXTERNAL WEBSITE
PACKAGING

nov
PACKAGING COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA
AWARDS  
In order to broaden the public's understanding of
packaging and to encourage excellence and
innovation, the PCA conducts a series of Awards
which are run annually. An Awards program is
held for the packaging and design industry,
tertiary design students as well as primary and
secondary students.
CLICK HERE
EXTERNAL WEBSITE

PCA EDUCATION CORNER
This website and available printed resources
provides
information and activities to help you
explore packaging issues
– from sustainability
right through to marketing ethics.
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EXTERNAL WEBSITE


aug
ACTIVITIES
DESIGN BRIEFS:
STUDENT STARPACK AWARDS
From the Institute of Materials, Minerals and
Mining in UK with a focus on PACKAGING
Thanks Gillian for the recommendation
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EXTERNAL WEBSITE


mar
Want to see
the best, most interesting and
creative packaging work worldwide
?
Go to
PACKAGING OF THE WORLD
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EXTERNAL WEBSITE
also, from previous NEW PAGES
KLEENEX DESIGN BRIEF
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DRAWING
2D orthogonal/orthographic
3D pictorial
perspective, isometric etc.
+
RENDERING BELOW

dec
SKETCHUP ON YOUTUBE
ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING  
House design and adding windows
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oct
DRAWING DEVELOPMENT
What did Viktor LOWENFELD and Betty
EDWARDS say about children from 12-16, the
children who are in Junior - Middle Secondary
School?

In 1979 Betty EDWARDS wrote her famous book
"DRAWING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN".
She identified The Five Basic Skills of Drawing as:
1  THE PERCEPTION OF EDGES
2  THE PERCEPTION OF SPACES
3  THE PERCEPTION OF
   RELATIONSHIPS     
4  THE PERCEPTION OF
   LIGHT AND SHADOWS     
5  THE PERCEPTION OF THE
    WHOLE, OR GESTALT
HOW CAN THESE SKILLS BE
DEVELOPED?
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june/july
ACTIVITIES
PERSPECTIVE
Ideas for ACTIVITIES and information about
ONE POINT PERSPECTIVE
TWO POINT PERSPECTIVE
THREE POINT PERSPECTIVE
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jun
TUTORIALS ON THE WEB
PERSPECTIVE and RENDERING
VIDEOS   
FAST CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR VIDEOS
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PERSPECTIVE
'CONTENTS' UPDATED
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ISOMETRIC  
'CONTENTS' UPDATED
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ACTIVITY
ISOMETRIC
DESIGN AND DRAW A MAZE
In an isometric drawing, you are always looking
down from the same angle, and because the
'depth' lines are parallel (always 30 degrees) the
view of the back is as clear as the view of the front.
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ISOMETRIC
YEAR 8 MATHS ACTIVITY
Have a look at two Isometric drawings from a Year
8 Maths class activity at Fitzroy High School
CLICK HERE     


march  
TECHNICAL DRAWING
SPECIFICATIONS
Specifically prepared as A GUIDE FOR VCE
VISUAL COMMUNICATION AND DESIGN
STUDENTS in Victoria
, but relevant information
for NEW ZEALAND students
CLICK HERE
AVAILABLE AS A PDF DOCUMENT
FROM VCAA WEBSITE
CLICK HERE


jan/feb
EXERCISES
FROM ISOMETRIC DRAWINGS
Two sets of isometric drawings can be used to -
a.  
produce orthogonal/orthographic drawings
b.  practice simple rendering
and more
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RENDERING

RENDERING
LIGHT SOURCE
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may
STUDENT WORK
RENDERING
One of our members - Filip - has emailed 2
excellent examples of rendering done by a Year
11 student
Thanks Filip, and congratulations to the student
CLICK HERE  


jan/feb
ARCHITECTURAL ART
Architectural Art is an area that often raises the
issue of
digital rendering vs hand/manual
rendering
. While some projects benefit from
digital photoreal renderings to articulate actual
colours and textures, hand renderings are usually
softer and leave the specifics of the actual
exteriors a bit more vague and open to more
interpretation.
See
HINTS ABOUT COMPOSITION
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POSTERS
ADVERTISING

dec
ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
Following on from last month's
BERRI ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN
here is some more information showing examples
and outdoor display formats
CLICK HERE  
also a
CREATIVE SIMULATOR
Place your artwork into a billboard or other
outdoor display format
CLICK HERE
EXTERNAL WEBSITE


nov
UNESCO POSTER COMPETITION
Designers were invited to express their vision and
understanding of the "Rapprochement of Cultures"
by designing posters that creatively promoted
better communication and understanding
between all peoples and cultures
CLICK HERE  


BERRI ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN
Berri Juice - Australia’s number one juice
brand - has launched Berri Creations using
artwork from "Ben the Illustrator"
CLICK HERE


oct
VISUAL AID
This is NOT a promotion, but it may be of interest
in regard to
presentation of information

The Visual Aid project is the brainchild of Draught
Associates Limited, a graphic design company
based in London, England. In 2008, they
published Visual Aid: Stuff You’ve Forgotten,
Things You Never Thought You Knew and
Lessons You Didn’t Quite Get Around to
Learning . The second title in the series, Visual
Aid: You can never know enough stuff, was
released in September 2009.

To see their POSTERS go to VISUAL AID's
website
CLICK HERE
EXTERNAL WEBSITE

For Victorian teachers, I know READINGS have
the books, but you may be able to buy them from
other Booksellers.
CLICK HERE     
EXTERNAL WEBSITE

Thanks to Christine for the original information


aug
HOW TO DESIGN A MOVIE POSTER
Follow the illustrated steps taken in this University
project
CLICK HERE
EXTERNAL WEBSITE


july
PAINTED HANDS   
AT&T’s "hands" campaign won the title of
"
America’s Favourite Magazine Ad", a
contest sponsored by Magazine Publishers of
America. For the campaign, Italian artist Guido
Daniele painted hands, holding electronic
devices, with imagery from around the world.
CLICK HERE


mar
REMINDERS   
LAW WEEK school Poster competition 2010
The theme for Law Week 2010 is:
Law and Justice in your community.
For 2010 Entry Form
CLICK HERE  
PDF Document
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Friday 26 March 2010
NOV
MOTION GRAPHICS
John DICKINSON
Based in Sydney Australia, John Dickinson is a cutting-edge motion
graphics artist. As Senior Broadcast Designer at Foxtel, John delivers
highly creative yet commercially relevant motion graphics solutions.
What is MOTION GRAPHICS?
CLICK HERE   
EXTERNAL WEBSITE

EXAMPLES
CLICK HERE
EXTERNAL WEBSITE

MORE EXAMPLES
CLICK HERE    
EXTERNAL WEBSITE

Rob WEIR
Rob Weir is a Motion Designer based in Melbourne, Australia. He
obtained a Bachelor of Design in Multimedia Design and received
the award for “Best Overall Folio� in his final year. He has
been responsible for creating unique motion design from concept to
completion for a variety of industries and media. Rob has now
settled down to a fulltime gig at
Trout
CLICK HERE  
CLICK 'MOTION REEL'
EXTERNAL WEBSITE

Alex MAPAR
CLICK HERE  
EXTERNAL WEBSITE


BUS WRAP
COPENHAGEN ZOO BUS  
A bus wrap from the streets of Copenhagen for the Copenhagen Zoo.
This wrap was designed by Bates Y&R in Denmark. It was a finalist in
the 2009 EPICA AWARDS - Category 27.
Giant constrictor snake squeezing complete Copenhagen citybus
CLICK HERE
EXTERNAL WEBSITE

EPICA AWARDS
Europe's Premier Creative Awards
CLICK HERE  
EXTERNAL WEBSITE


SEPT
SHORT COMPUTER ACTIVITY
WHAT IS SHE LOOKING AT?
Inserting an image within another image
CLICK HERE


ACTIVITY
SHOPPING TROLLEY
A resource of images which includes ideas about how the shopping
trolley can be used in different ways
CLICK HERE     


JUNE
TUTORIALS ON THE WEB
VIDEOS   
There are tutorials on the Internet which show a range of things
relevant to
design and graphic/visual communication. Some of
them are videos.
FAST CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR VIDEOS
CLICK HERE    


MAY
WORDART
Any definition of art makes it obvious that human intervention is
required in the result. So, to make 'WORDART', you are going to
'intervene' in the way a word looks the next time you are
designing a
logo, a poster, packaging (for breakfast cereal as an example), a
book/magazine cover
, etc.. You are not going to simply select and
use an existing font/typeface without altering/amending it in some
way - or you may go the extreme of custom designing your own
letters/words.
CLICK HERE


COLOUR CHARTS
Two charts which you may find helpful. You can download and print
them.
CLICK HERE    


APRIL
HAND DRAWN MAPS
HAND  MADE  MAPS  LTD.
A commercial artwork studio dedicated to illustrated maps. The site
shows 15 themed folders displaying a range of work and various
approaches to map illustration.
CLICK HERE   
EXTERNAL WEBSITE
ACTIVITIES
TEST QUESTIONS  
These questions may help you prepare your VCE students for the
exam, or test other students on their knowledge and understanding
CLICK HERE


JULY
2009 EXAM ASSESSMENT REPORT
SUMMARY
What disappointed the examiners?
CLICK HERE
NZ CURRICULUM
OCT
NEW ZEALAND
2009 BEST GRAPHICS FOLIO
Look at the folio of Christian Burgos. His
knowledge of car design led him to doing a
vehicle design for the engineering brief for
Scholarship Graphics
.
CLICK HERE
From NZ's 'DESIGN...ed' WEBSITE
PDF DOCUMENT   16MB

MORE INFO  
CLICK HERE   
EXTERNAL WEBSITE


AUGUST
NCEA STANDARDS ALIGNMENT
- TECHNOLOGY (NZ)
Technology matrix
(Word 101KB)
Technology rationale
(Word 126KB)
Technology L1 Skills standards consultation report
(PDF 153KB)
CLICK HERE
EXTERNAL WEBSITE
+
NCEA SUBJECT RESOURCES
- GRAPHICS AND TECHNOLOGY
Comprehensive
CLICK HERE
EXTERNAL WEBSITE
Thanks Gillian
OTHER
DESIGNING     LOGOS/SIGNAGE     PACKAGING     DRAWING/RENDERING     POSTERS/ADVERTISING     NZ CURRICULUM     OTHER
THE BEST OF 2011
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