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Boston University College of Fine Arts
808 Commonwealth Ave, #406D

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Sophomore Graphic Design ar226

Course Description

Investigation on how ideas and messages can be interpreted visually through a variety of projects. Form—content relationships (or disconnects) shall be the setting for all the projects. A real, hands-on, Graphic Design class.

Requirements

  • Foundation training as a Freshmen
  • Sophomore Studio I
  • Proven ability

Attendance

Attend to all classes is essential. Un-excused absences will result in faults to the participation evaluation. Keep me updated if you need to miss class. In any case, the students are responsible for being up-to-date. Being late will be perceived the same way.

Grading Criteria

Grading grid download link

You will be evaluated according to your overall engagement in the projects and exercises. Your active participation during the semester will also be taken in account.

Evaluation

  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 (20%)
  • Assignment 4 (30%)
  • Class participation (+ anticipation)(10%) follows the regulations on attendance of the College of Fine Arts.

Assignments Criteria (general)

  • Originality / point of view / attitude
  • Formal approach
  • Execution shows time investment
  • Execution shows technical skills
  • Give your idea a chance
  • Strangeness factor (Extra points)

Suggested Materials (old and new)

  • Copic Marker w/ replaceable nib, E49 wide, dark bark
  • Copic extra nibs
  • Calligraphy paper
  • Ink and brushes
  • Art Mouth Ink Atomizer
  • Non permanent tape
  • Sketchbook
  • Metal ruler
  • T-Square
  • X-acto knife and blades
  • Cutting mat
  • Rubber Cement, Spray mount
  • Adhesive Eraser
  • Variety of cardstock, paper, magazines, found materials
  • Tons of printed letters (or whole typefaces)
  • Must have: laptop, digital storage device to backup your files
  • Anything that you can use to make new/unexpected form

Calendar

  • January 18
    1. ▫ Course introduction
    2. ▫ Syllabus overview
    3. ▫ Introducing my studio works

    4. at home
    5. ▫ Watch James Langdon’s lecture at the Walker Art Center
    6. ▫ Read James Langdon’s Interview
    7. ▫ Prepare all materials for next class
    8. ▫ 20 trimmed sheets of different stock (half-poster size)
  • January 23
    1. ▫ Bring the requested materials
    2. ▫ Amsterdam Announcement
    3. ▫ Discussion on Langdon’s lecture
    4. ▫ Starting assignment 1
    5. ▫ Video of Maximage and printing plates
    6. ▫ Typographische Monatsblätter (TM)

    7. at home
    8. ▫ Assignment 1
  • January 25
    1. ▫ Assignment 1
    2. ▫ Bring the requested materials
    3. ▫ Some basic techniques

    4. at home
    5. ▫ Assignment 1
  • January 30
    1. ▫ Assignment 1
    2. ▫ Critique

    3. at home
    4. ▫ Assignment 1
  • February 1
    1. ▫ The Style of the Stedelijk (movie)
    2. ▫ More time on assignment 1

    3. at home
    4. ▫ Final edits on assignment 1
  • February 6
    1. ▫ Assignment 1 ends (critique)
    2. ▫ Assignment 2 begins

    3. at home
    4. ▫ Prepare for next trip
    5. ▫ Read the wiki on psychogeography
    6. ▫ Read: Theory of the Dérive
  • February 8
    1. ▫ Assignment 2
    2. ▫ Context, Psychogeography, Dérive, Ben Niznik, etc.
    3. ▫ Going on a trip

    4. at home
    5. ▫ Edit material from the trip
  • February 13
    1. ▫ Showing Ventriloquist Press materials
    2. ▫ Write your own assignment – 1 section exercise. On a US letter size sheet of paper, with a top, left and right margin of 1 inch, using Courier New Bold 13pts / 15pts, write a graphic design assignment, or an assignment that vaguely sits in the realm of graphic design, arts, etc. The assignment can be anything, as long as it can be achieved in approx. 3 hours.

    3. at home
    4. ▫ Continue assignment 2 – start editing
  • February 15
    1. ▫ Assignment 2
    2. ▫ Field trip

    3. at home
    4. ▫ Continue assignment 2 / prepare for trips
  • February 20
    1. ▫ No class

    2. at home
    3. ▫ Continue assignment 2 / prepare for trips
  • February 22
    1. ▫ Assignment 2
    2. ▫ Class critique
    3. ▫ Edit your pieces as to make clear what the task actually was
    4. ▫ Do not be too literal
    5. ▫ Bring all your completed tasks to class as evidence
    6. ▫ Arrange the sheets on the classroom wall

    7. at home
    8. ▫ Editing assignment 2
  • February 27 — Max is in Amsterdam

    1. at home
    2. ▫ Editing assignment 2
    3. ▫ Prepare an excellent documentation of your artworks
    4. ▫ Prepare a tumblr for the trip
  • March 1 — Max is in Amsterdam

    1. at home
    2. ▫ Assignment 2 delivery
    3. ▫ Deliver tumblr
  • March 6 — Spring Break

    1. at home
    2. ▫ Assignment 3 Begins
    3. ▫ PDF Looking at examples
    4. ▫ Start your experimentations
  • March 8 Spring Break

    1. at home
    2. ▫ Experimenting on Assignment 3
  • March 13
    1. ▫ Bring your calligraphy tools
    2. ▫ Everyone shows their ideas

    3. at home
    4. ▫ Experimenting on Assignment 3
  • March 15
    1. ▫ Assignment 3: Experimentation in class

    2. at home
    3. ▫Assignment 3
  • March 20
    1. ▫ Visit the Carpenter Center at Harvard (Bookstore)
    2. ▫ Assignment 3

    3. at home
    4. ▫ Assignment 3
  • March 22
    1. ▫ Assignment 3

    2. at home
    3. ▫ Assignment 3
  • March 27
    1. ▫ Assignment 3 ends
    2. ▫ Final presentation

    3. at home
    4. ▫ Relax!
    5. ▫ Edit older projects
  • March 29
    1. ▫ Assignment 4 begins
    2. ▫ Looking at posters for artists
    3. ▫ Looking at posters made by artists
    4. ▫ Looking at posters made by artists for themselves

    5. at home
    6. ▫ Watch Bart de Baets’ lecture at the Walker Art Center
    7. ▫ Research the artist and breakdown his / her ideas in a list
    8. ▫ Start sketching ideas and make form
  • April 3
    1. ▫ Start sketching ideas and make form in class
    2. ▫ One-on-one discussions

    3. at home
    4. ▫ Assignment 4
  • April 5
    1. ▫To be confirmed

    2. at home
    3. ▫ Assignment 4
  • April 10
    1. ▫Visit the ICA, Hito Steyerl: Liquidity inc.

    2. at home
    3. ▫ Assignment 4
  • April 12
    1. ▫To be confirmed

    2. at home
    3. ▫ Assignment 4
  • April 17
    1. ▫To be confirmed

    2. at home
    3. ▫ Assignment 4
  • April 19
    1. ▫To be confirmed

    2. at home
    3. ▫ Assignment 4
  • April 14
    1. ▫To be confirmed

    2. at home
    3. ▫ Assignment 4
  • April 26 (LAST CLASS)
    1. ▫ Final presentations: printed posters

    2. at home
    3. ▫ Think about how you want to present your work during your review
    4. ▫ Revise / edit incompleted projects

Spring 2018 B1