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DESIGNING

jan/feb
DESIGN VICTORIA CASE STUDY
DESIGN PROCESS  
Contract Blinds is an independent manufacturer
and wholesaler of custom-made blinds in the
Australian market. They needed a design and
strategic solution that would enable their new
direction for the company while leveraging on the
strength of their past.
CLICK HERE   

PRODUCT DESIGN
COMMUNICATING YOUR DESIGN
PROPOSALS
Designers have to communicate their ideas to
clients and manufacturers
CLICK HERE   may be slow to download
UPDATED 22 OCT 2011
PDF DOCUMENT
EXTERNAL WEBSITE  


mar
ACTIVITIES
COFFEE TABLE DESIGNERS
PARICULARLY FOR NZ TEACHERS
This is based on
AS91067   LEVEL 1
Design and Visual Communication 1.34   
Demonstrate understanding of the work of an
influential designer to inform own design ideas
CLICK HERE
Includes information about
Ron ARAD, Charles and Ray EAMES, Frank
GEHRY, Zaha HADID, Isamu NOGUCHI, Karim
RASHID, Philippe STARCK, David TRUBRIDGE,
Mies van der ROHE

ADVICE FOR YOUNG DESIGNERS
John C. Jay is the creative mastermind behind
Weiden + Kennedy, possibly the world's most
influential advertising agency.
He offers the following advice to young designers.
CLICK HERE

ACTIVITY
DESIGN PRINCIPLES
ARRANGE 3 SHAPES
Arrange 3 shapes in 6 very different groupings
EACH GROUPING SHOULD DEMONSTRATE
YOUR USE OF AT LEAST 2 DESIGN PRINCIPLES

CLICK HERE

MOOD BOARDS
www.design-skills.org/mood_boards.html
Designers use mood or concept boards to convey
the overall feel of a project, putting together
images and objects which inspire, target desires
and faciliate creativity and innovation. Mood
boards are also very useful at the early stages of a
project as a guide tool to show to clients for
approval before proceeding further.


apr
DESIGN COUNCIL (UK)  
For over 60 years the Design Council in UK has
promoted design for the public good. They have
collected
in-depth information on many
different design disciplines
to show the
breadth of services designers can offer.
In each guide you will find:
- An explanation of the discipline
- Case studies of projects
- Information on what it's like to be a designer
working in this discipline
CLICK HERE


sep
10 PRINCIPLES OF GOOD DESIGN
ACCORDING TO DIETER RAMS
Famous designer of Braun products
CLICK HERE  

'DESIGNVIC' CASE STUDY:
HUMPHREY LAW SOCKS
BRAND REFRESH
In 2010, premium Australian sock manufacturer
Humphrey Law collaborated with graphic design
agency langdonlorraine to refresh its brand across
all applications. The rebrand aimed to increase
sales that were becoming threatened by
competition from cheaper imports
CLICK HERE
PDF DOCUMENT
EXTERNAL WEBSITE

HUMPHREY LAW SOCKS
BRAND REFRESH
9 MONTHS LATER
CLICK HERE
PDF DOCUMENT
EXTERNAL WEBSITE


oct
10 PRINCIPLES OF GOOD
GRAPHIC DESIGN
Last month it was "10 Principles of Good Design" -
for PRODUCT / INDUSTRIAL DESIGN. This month,
the Principles are about GRAPHIC DESIGN

from David:
As an experiment, I have published these as a PDF
Document, which you can download and then
access whenever you like without going on the
Internet. I have compiled this document using
extracts and examples from various sources on the
Internet.

CLICK HERE


nov
THE BASICS OF GRAPHIC DESIGN
A Tutorial developed for schools in USA which
covers -
Graphic Design
Creating Effective Layouts
The Elements of Design
The Principles of Design
Design Problems to Avoid

This tutorial examines the process of graphic
design for printed publications, presentations, and
web sites. Aspects of graphic design that are
covered include: steps in the graphic design
process, guidelines for creating and organizing
layouts, capturing the attention of readers, the
elements of design (line, shape, texture, space,
size, value, and color), the principles of design
(balance, rhythm, emphasis, and unity), and
design problems to avoid.

TEACHERS:
It would be worthwhile to print a copy
CLICK HERE
External website


dec
DESIGN PRINCIPLES
WHITESPACE / WHITE SPACE
Whitespace is nothing. Whitespace is the absence
of content. Whitespace does not hold content in
the way that a photograph or text holds meaning
and yet it gives meaning, through context, to both
image and text. In fact, whitespace can make or
break the effective transmission of image and text.
CLICK HERE  


VIGNELLI CANON
Massimo Vignelli (born 1931 in Milan, Italy) is a
designer who has done work in a number of areas
ranging from
package design to furniture design
to public signage to showroom design
through
Vignelli Associates, which he co-founded with his
wife, Lella. He has said, "If you can design one
thing, you can design everything."

In January 2009, Vignelli released The Vignelli
Canon as a free e-book. In the introduction
Vignelli writes, "I thought that it might be useful to
pass some of my professional knowledge around,
with the hope of improving [young designers']
design skills. Creativity needs the support of
knowledge to be able to perform at its best."
CLICK HERE    


5 COMMON GRAPHIC DESIGN
MISTAKES
Do you make these 5 common Graphic Design
mistakes?
CLICK HERE  
LOGOS
SIGNAGE

jan/feb
ICONS
www.iconwerk.de/

YOUTUBE
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPj2cZNXkx4
The first episode of iconwerkTV
About custom icon & pictogram design


LOGO TRENDS FROM 2010
Bill Gardner has made this an annual event.
Some of the trends he identifies are SPORES,
GHOSTS and TENDRILS.
CLICK HERE  
EXTERNAL WEBSITE
also
HERE


apr
HOW TO DESIGN A LOGO
Want to know how to design a logo like a
professional and have all the resources you need
in just web page?
Then this is for you.
CLICK HERE
EXTERNAL WEBSITE
INCLUDES LINKS TO
- Logo design tips
- Logo Of The Day
- Bad logo designs
- The Secret Logo Design Process Of
Top Logo Designers


may
LOGO
Design a logo applying the POSITIVE/NEGATIVE
DESIGN PRINCIPLE
CLICK HERE

ONE COLOUR
Next time you design a LOGO for a business or
organisation, design their HOME
web page
using only ONE COLOUR   
or
Next time you are going to design a POSTER,
design a
web page instead - in ONE COLOUR
CLICK HERE


oct
LOGO DESIGN
25 Cool Logo Designs
Which Are Sure To Inspire You
Logos are not just the graphical presentation of
your company or product but also establishes a
distinguished identity of your product. These 25
Cool Logo designs will hopefully  inspire and
enliven your creativity.
CLICK HERE
External website


nov
REFERENCE / RESOURCE
MATERIAL
ACTIVITIES
LOGOS IN CATEGORIES
Logos in 9 groups plus suggested Activities.
Another PDF Document for you to download
CLICK HERE
PACKAGING

may
PACKAGING
Design packaging that is SIMPLE
CLICK HERE


oct
PACKAGE DESIGN BRIEFS (UK)
Starpack Student 2012 design briefs
In an increasingly competitive consumer market
there is a growing demand for packaging
designers: people who are capable of designing
packs that are not only graphically attractive, but
which also meet the functional requirements to
preserve and protect the contents and can be
produced cost-effectively with due regard to
environmental issues.
CLICK HERE
EXTERNAL WEBSITE
Outlines of all briefs are listed on this page with
links to PDF documents supplying the full details
DRAWING
2D orthogonal/orthographic
3D pictorial
perspective, isometric etc.
+
RENDERING BELOW

jan/feb
ACTIVITIES
ORTHOGONAL / ORTHOGRAPHIC
Information: 6 views - complete missing views -
add dimensions - complete isometric drawings
CLICK HERE

FROM ISO TO ORTHO
CLICK HERE

SQUARE GRID TO PRINT
CLICK HERE

* WELL WORTH A LOOK *
INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES
GUESS THE VIEW
applet-game in which scores can be achieved
and feedback is given    
ROTATING 3D OBJECTS
This applet-game is a suitable preparation for â
€œGuess the Viewâ€�
CLICK HERE  
EXTERNAL WEBSITE
Applets can also be found at another
website
CLICK HERE  
EXTERNAL WEBSITE


apr
ACTIVITY
USING ORTHO* TO SHOW 3D
   * ORTHOGONAL/ORTHOGRAPHIC
Orthogonal/orthographic drawings are used
because they show the TRUE SHAPE of objects
and their parts, which can be dimensioned
accurately.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PART OF AN OBJECT IS
ON AN ANGLE?
CLICK HERE


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See also
'VICTORIAN CURRICULUM' (right)
2011 TEST QUESTIONS


dec
ORTHO
PDF DOCUMENTS + WEB PAGES
There are a number of PDF Documents and Web
pages to be found on the Internet which explain
ORTHOGONAL / ORTHOGRAPHIC DRAWING
(PROJECTION).

YOU MAY FIND ONLY ONE PAGE USEFUL, OR
ONE DRAWING, OR ONE SECTION, OR A
WHOLE DOCUMENT. You may have to do some
editing and/or cut-and-pasting, but if it helps you
to help your students learn and understand
something, it is worthwhile.
CLICK HERE  
POSTERS
ADVERTISING

jan/feb
POSTER HISTORY
CLICK HERE
EXTERNAL WEBSITE
* EXCELLENT *


may
POSTER
Design a poster using 3 colours as FLAT
COLOURS
.  
The examples given are movie posters, also
showing the use of silhouettes and tonal dropout.
CLICK HERE  


nov
REFERENCE / RESOURCE
MATERIAL
ACTIVITIES
EVENT POSTERS
28 carefully selected EVENT POSTERS for
students to analyse and use as Resource Material
when designing their own EVENT POSTER /
FLYER - includes suggestions for Activities
CLICK HERE  



How to design a fabulous poster
A short, fun and helpful video on You Tube
CLICK HERE
External website



















  
VICTORIAN
CURRICULUM
 

jun
REPORT ON 2010 EXAM
The VCAA has published on their website the
Report on the VCE 2010 Visual Communication
and Design exam (and the 2010 Exam)
CLICK HERE
EXTERNAL WEBSITE

WHAT THE REPORT SAID ABOUT -
RENDERING

FREEHAND DRAWING

ORTHOGONAL AND
PICTORIAL DRAWING

DESIGN ELEMENTS AND
PRINCIPLES
CLICK HERE  

The above link takes you to webpages on this
website where some of the comments have been
extracted and elaborated upon by me, providing
more information with examples and possible
activities. This makes the material relevant to all
teachers - not only VCE teachers in Victoria.
David


jul +
2011 TEST QUESTIONS
These questions are added to the website each
year to help teachers prepare their VCE students
for the VCE Visual Communication and Design
Exam. They are also relevant to other teachers as
they can be used as classroom activities.

DESIGN PRINCIPLES AND ELEMENTS
CLICK HERE

ORTHOGONAL DRAWING
CLICK HERE

PICTORIAL DRAWING
CLICK HERE

REVISION FOR 'PROFESSIONAL
PRACTICE' QUESTION
CLICK HERE
OTHER
mar
ACTIVITY
GROUP ID
Some businesses like to show their staff on their
website. One such business is Weiden + Kennedy.
Have a look at their website to see how they do
this.
How would all the students in your class show
themselves?
CLICK HERE


may
TYPOGRAPHY
Design a poster or web page where the
character or style of the typography is an
important element
in communicating the
required message (other than  what the words
mean)
CLICK HERE


dec
UPDATE
DEVELOPING YOUR CREATIVITY
USING A SKETCHBOOK
In 2008, new web pages were added to this
website about
VISUAL DIARY. On one of these
web pages there was information about and a link
to "the best information" I could find at that stage.
It is still very relevant but the link ceased to exist
some time ago. I have found the PDF Document
again, and you can see it and download it if you
.................
CLICK HERE   
THE BEST OF 2010
CLICK HERE
UPDATED 17 JANUARY 2012
NZ CURRICULUM  

jan/feb
NZ TEACHERS
NCEA DRAFT STANDARDS
Level 1
Design and Visual Communication (Graphics)
Technology Level 1
Draft Level 1 standards and draft assessment
resources are provided to help schools plan
course programmes for 2011
CLICK HERE    
EXTERNAL WEBSITE

mar
ACTIVITIES
COFFEE TABLE DESIGNERS
PARICULARLY FOR NZ TEACHERS
This is based on
AS91067   LEVEL 1
Design and Visual Communication 1.34
see under 'DESIGNING' (left)


oct
NEW ZEALAND TEACHERS
Design and Visual Communication
(Graphics)
SUBJECT RESOURCES
ESSENTIAL FOR PLANNING 2012
PROGRAMS

Curriculum & Standards documents
Level 1 standards
Level 2 standards
Level 3 standards

Curriculum-Standards Alignment

Resources for internally assessed standards

Resources for externally assessed standards

Other Design and Visual Communication resources

You may have seen this information already, but
in case you haven't seen it yet
ALL ON ONE WEB
PAGE
CLICK HERE
External website - NZQA