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DESIGNING

DON'T FORGET ABOUT
BACKGROUNDS
Coloured, textured and photographic backgrounds
are well worth considering, but you have to think
differently about how to make the important
information stand out when it is not the usual white
background
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feb
FIGURE-GROUND EXERCISE
ACTIVITY
Use figure/ground to create dynamic typographic
compositions as well as visually engaging
combinations of two letters
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+
One of the examples for the above activity is from
Graphic Design: The New Basics
published by Princeton Architectural Press and
Maryland Institute College of Art. It contains
excellent information and activities.
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RUBBISH BINS
ACTIVITIES    
Think you can't get a lesson out of rubbish bins?
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mar
YCN DESIGN BRIEFS
IDEAS FOR 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. They are
also examples of how design briefs are written.
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jul
PRESENTING IDEAS
Folio requirements usually mean that you show
how initial ideas were resolved - the final
presentation. Presenting this information often
means that boards are used to show multiple
images and explanatory text. As these boards are
communicating critical information - often used
for assessment - you must present it in clear,
attractive and legible ways. In other words,
EACH BOARD BECOMES A DESIGN EXERCISE
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'Pinterest'
Presenting Ideas: LANDSCAPE DESIGN
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OUTDOOR GRASS TOY SCOOTER    
By NEW ZEALAND business designfilter
designfilter is an Industrial Design/Product Design
consultancy and development service.

“Industrial Design (ID) is the professional
service of creating and developing concepts and
specifications that optimize the function, value
and appearance of products and systems for the
mutual benefit of both user and manufacturer�
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WHAT CAN PENCILS BE USED FOR?
Examples of Lateral Thinking
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aug
FAMOUS DESIGNERS
An appropriate activity for your students could be
to DESIGN SOMETHING IN A STYLE SIMILAR
TO ONE OF THE SELECTED DESIGNERS

-  Most Famous Logo Designers in Graphic
 Design History
-  Iconic Logo Designers
-  70 Designers that Shaped the World
-  The Famous Designers of the 20th Century
-  A Brief History of Interior Design
-  Famous furniture designers
-  Wikipedia List of Industrial (Product) Designers
-  Poster History - History of Graphic Design
-  60 Concert Posters From Ten Amazing Artists
-  5 (Mostly) Vintage Children’s Books by
 Iconic Graphic Designers
-  DIA Design Hall of Fame
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INFLUENCE MAPS
INFLUENCE MAPS have become a popular way to
acknowledge those people who influence you,
particularly those who have inspired you in things
that you have designed

STUDENT ACTIVITY
Select a famous designer (even better if you select
a designer who you admire) and produce an
INFLUENCE MAP that shows who that designer
was influenced by
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DESIGN ELEMENT: LINE
21 WAYS THAT LINES COMMUNICATE
Lines are a versatile element of visual language.
They communicate a wide variety of meanings,
which are highly dependent on the context in
which they appear and the characteristics of the
line. The number of ways that lines communicate
is surprising.
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sep
ARCHITECTURE
Architectures: Documentary Series
'Architectures' presents a privileged and
unprecedented look at the work of superstar
architects and some of their most brilliant
creations. This series looks at architecture and its
historical and social functions to reveal its
meaning and impact on humanity. Each 26-
minute film in the series focuses on a single
building chosen because of the pioneering role it
has played in the evolution of contemporary
architecture.

For links to YouTube videos of each film in the
series
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oct
RESOURCE MATERIAL
DESIGN A THREE-LEGGED TABLE/STOOL
Some examples to stimulate your imagination
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3 LEGS
PDF DOCUMENT
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RESOURCE MATERIAL
DESIGN A TABLE LAMP
Some examples to stimulate your imagination
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nov
SEE 'VICTORIAN CURRICULUM' (right)
DESIGN THINKING

DEMYSTIFYING DESIGN   
A collection of case studies
developed from Design Victoria’s Business
Immersions projects provide insight into the design
process, including why design expertise was
sought, the working relationship between the
business and designer, key milestones, the final
design outcome, and business results and benefits
of the project.
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PDF DOCUMENT
EXTERNAL WEBSITE

ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN
KITCHEN GARDEN DESIGN
RESOURCE MATERIAL
PDF DOCUMENT  
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DESIGN ELEMENT: COLOUR
INFOGRAPHIC
COOLNESS OF BLUE
Blue website design secrets to reinforce your
designs!
Interactive infographic about blue in web design
Why the blue colour? Just look at a number of
corporate giants, and notice what colour they use
in the design of their logos and websites. Yeah,
you’re quite right, it’s blue. And not only
them, a large variety of websites of different
business spheres prefer blue colour because of its
design qualities. It’s a notorious fact that blue
increases brand recognition and the visitor’s
trust in it. According to the psychology of colours it
is associated with intelligence, stability, unity,
conservatism, authority figures, etc. This
trustworthy and quality-related colour is quite
useful for the emotional response.
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LARGER VIEW
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or
LARGER INTERACTIVE VIEW
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LOGOS
SIGNAGE

apr
ISOTYPES
ISOTYPE (International System of TYpographic
Picture Education) - a system for organising and
displaying information and statistics using pictures.
The system was initiated by Otto Neurath in the
1920s.
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THE NOUN PROJECT
The Noun Project’s mission is to create a
place that enables "sharing, celebrating and
enhancing the world’s visual language".   
Their website houses hundreds (and counting) of
universal pictograms and signs from many
collaborating designers that are attempting to
surpass the language and text barriers through
simple visual representations.
CLICK HERE

sep
LOGORAMA
Logorama is a 16-minute French animated film
written and directed by H5/ François Alaux,
Hervé de Crécy and Ludovic Houplain, and  
produced by Autour de Minuit. The film depicts
events in a stylized Los Angeles, and is told
entirely through the use of more than 2,500
contemporary and historical logos and mascots.
The film won the Prix Kodak at the 2009 Cannes
Film Festival and the Academy Award for  Best
Animated Short Film at the 82nd Academy Awards
in 2010.
WARNING: VERY COARSE LANGUAGE
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Microsoft revamps logo for first time in 25 years
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ACTIVITY
MONOGRAMS
RESOURCE MATERIAL
Monograms first appeared on coins, as early as
350BC. Many of the early Greek and Roman coins
bear the monograms of rulers or towns. Victorian-
period high-class persons adapted the monogram
for personal use as a symbol of their place in
society. In the Victorian era, rules for monograms
were quite simple and few. Monograms had the
first initial on the left, middle initial on the right,
and last initial larger in the middle.

Now, rules are flexible and monograms can be
seen on just about anything.
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oct
FONTS USED IN LOGOS OF POPULAR BRANDS
Do you find yourself staring at logos and
immediately try to decipher what typeface they
are using? If you are a designer, it is probably an
inevitable habit. There are no hard and fast rules
to help you determine which typeface you should
land on for your logo. And due to the fact that we
are showered with thousands of free fronts on the
Internet, deciding on the ideal font to use can be
a challenging task.
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PACKAGING

may
PACKAGING
Design packaging that is SIMPLE
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DRAWING
2D orthogonal/orthographic
3D pictorial
perspective, isometric etc.
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RENDERING/ILLUSTRATION

feb
'HUGO':
THE MOVIE AND THE BOOK
Creating Hugo, Martin Scorsese’s first 3-D
movie, took a lot of imagination. But it also took a
lot of processing power.
Information about
- MAKING THE MOVIE
- ILLUSTRATION
- RENDERING
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mar
PERSPECTIVE   
Ruzaimi Mat Rani laboriously sketched 500
pictures of Edinburgh Old Town which, when put
together, represent the entire town.
aka Miandza - he now has hundreds of perspective
drawings and videos on the Internet.
Here are some of them:
USE THEM AS INSPIRATION FOR STUDENT
ACTIVITIES  
1 POINT PERSPECTIVE
2 POINT PERSPECTIVE
MULTIPOINT PERSPECTIVE
PERSPECTIVE DRAWINGS
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STUDENT WORK - TOY CAR
Filip TOTH is a Member and has emailed
information and images of the work of one of his
Year 10 students. THANKS FILIP
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ISOMETRIC ART  
Here are examples showing that ISOMETRIC
DRAWING can be used in ways other than
producing Technical Drawings
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ISOMETRIC CUBES
ACTIVITY
Print the page and then draw different objects in
each cube
FREEHAND DRAWING
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jul
PRESENTING ARCHITECTURE
Presenting Architecture is the most comprehensive
resource directory of architectural
communications experts, photographers, physical
model makers and VISUALISATION ARTISTS
(links to 374)
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EXTERNAL WEBSITE

YOUTUBE: CARTOON SKETCH
Professional illustrator and cartoonist Ian David
Marsden shows how he creates a quick rough
cartoon sketch in Autodesk SketchBook Pro
software with a Wacom Cintiq 21 UX pen display
(unfortunately it costs over $2500)
CLICK HERE  
More samples of Marsden's work and animation on
his homepage and blog
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EXTERNAL WEBSITES

aug
DRAWING TIPS     
Includes 'Drawing on Photos', 'Using Tracing
Paper' and more
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sep
Amazingly, this is a
drawing made with ballpoint
pens
, not a photograph
Silva employed seven Bic ballpoint pens of the
kind found in any good office supply store to make
the artwork, six colours plus black.
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POSTERS
ADVERTISING

apr
ALPHABET POSTERS
ALPHABET POSTERS are usually
A for Apple, B for Bird, . . . . .
but they don't have to be.
Here are examples showing some 'traditional'
ALPHABET POSTERS, but there are others that
are quite different
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ACTIVITY
MOVIE PICTOGRAM POSTER
Your task is to DESIGN A POSTER FOR A FILM
USING PICTOGRAMS
What is a PICTOGRAM ?
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may
MERCEDES BENZ
LEFT AND RIGHT BRAIN POSTERS
PAINT, MUSIC, PASSION
Their print campaign draws on emotional ties
between the left and right brain. The beautiful
illustrated spreads show creativity, free spirit and
passion of the right brain vs. the familiar, accurate
and linear. The campaign is beautiful, articulate
and creative. The copy is carefully crafted and
works with each illustration.
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ALSO
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OR
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oct
ACTIVITY
Design a poster and/or the cover of a booklet
to promote the next series of ballets to be
performed by the AURORA BALLET COMPANY
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COPYRIGHT ISSUE
Artist avoids jail for Obama poster fraud
Los Angeles-based street artist Shepard Fairey,
42, became a celebrity for creating the red, white
and blue image of Mr Obama silhouetted above
the word "Hope" on a poster. Fairey pleaded
guilty to one misdemeanour count of criminal
contempt in February for doctoring and destroying
evidence once he realised the photograph of Mr
Obama he used for the poster belonged to the
Associated Press.
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VICTORIAN
CURRICULUM
 

may
TOP DESIGNS 2012
EDUCATION RESOURCES
EXCELLENT - PLEASE LOOK
Top Designs provides a range of programs and
online and printable resources, developed to
support VCE students visiting the exhibition and in
the classrooms.

Exhibition Worksheets education kit
These printable worksheets are designed to
support students during a visit to the Top Designs
exhibition.

Inside Professional Practice education kit
Melbourne Designers discuss their professional
practises in detail. Designed for VCE Visual
Communication and Design Unit 3 Outcome 3.

VCAA Study Design Presentations
YOU MUST SEE THIS   (DOWNLOAD IT)
Created by State Reviewers for the Top Designs
education program, these presentations use Top
Designs folios and finished products to give
relevant VCE students and teachers a
comprehensive guide to their subject.

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EXTERNAL WEBSITE

aug
2012 TEST QUESTIONS
These questions may be used
- in a practice exam
- one by one over a number of periods in class
- as homework
and/or
-   adapted to classroom activities
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nov
PREPARING FOR 2013
DESIGN THINKING
"Design thinking, which involves the application
of creative, critical and reflective techniques,
processes and dispositions, supports skill
development in areas beyond design, including
science, business, marketing and management."
VCE Visual Communication Design
REVISED STUDY DESIGN 2013-2017
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OTHER
jan
WORD SHAPES + WORD CLOUDS
A shape can be formed by the word or words
within the shape. Word clouds are fun ways to
visualise the prevalence of different words in a
body of text.
CLICK HERE

oct
RESOURCE MATERIAL
IMAGES WITH NO BACKGROUND
It is often an advantage to have an image with NO
BACKGROUND
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THE BEST OF 2010
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UPDATED 4 FEBRUARY 2013
NZ CURRICULUM  

jan
NZ TEACHERS:
DESIGN AND VISUAL
COMMUNICATIONS / GRAPHICS
ANNOTATED EXEMPLARS
Exemplars of student work or expected student
responses have been developed for standards that
have been identified by the Ministry of Education
as new or significantly changed.
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EXTERNAL WEBSITE
THE BEST OF 2011
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TYPOGRAPHY NEW

SEE 'OTHER' (right)
WORD SHAPES + WORD CLOUDS

oct
FONTS USED IN LOGOS OF POPULAR BRANDS
Do you find yourself staring at logos and
immediately try to decipher what typeface they
are using? If you are a designer, it is probably an
inevitable habit. There are no hard and fast rules
to help you determine which typeface you should
land on for your logo. And due to the fact that we
are showered with thousands of free fronts on the
Internet, deciding on the ideal font to use can be
a challenging task.
CLICK HERE
EXTERNAL WEBSITE

nov
DESIGN ELEMENT: TYPE
HELVETICA
We’re talking about the world’s most
recognizable font: Helvetica. Its relevance in
design through the years and even today seems
unbeatable. The appeal for a distinctive,
professional and timeless typeface has never
dwindled and it keeps gaining more followers day
by day. Love it or hate it, with its multitude of
styles and versions, Helvetica is here to stay.
SEE HOW HELVETICA HAS BEEN USED
- INCLUDES 40 LOGOS (MANY FAMOUS)
CLICK HERE

HAND LETTERING
Leandro Senna, a graphic designer from New
York, had a very interesting personal project for a
month featuring his wide knowledge and artistic
skill in typography design.
"I´ve been thinking for a lot of time on doing a
personal project where I could get out of the
computer for a little bit, and have pleasure doing
something handmade. Getting back to the basics."
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RELATED
A SHOWCASE OF AMAZING HAND LETTERING
PROJECTS
Typography design is useful in almost all creative
fields. The creative use of type is seen on various
materials – from prints like magazines, business
cards, posters and comic books to digital media
like film, music, and even in logo and web design.
Every single font we use can directly affect the
creative concept of every project. That is why
some designers have embraced the idea of using
typography as the main ingredient in some of their
works. And the incredible part is that they do it
freehand. Hand lettering is very challenging
especially when considered as the primary
medium in a design process.  An artist doing the
hand lettering must be extremely talented in
illustration and seeing things in a broader
perspective.

Designing typography through hand lettering can
open many possibilities in terms of design and
creativity. By just using pens, brushes, paints or
even just a pencil can unleash the creative skill
we can use not just in typography but also in other
creative fields.
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