Project 1

Project 1: What is an Image and How Does it Mean? 
In this first project you will develop manual sketches into digital (vector) drawings using Adobe Illustrator, creating abstract, non-representational shapes and simple symbolic forms in a fixed space, using a variety of tools, methods, and organizing principles.

Intro Lecture PDF

Lecture Two PDF
Lecture 3 PDF

Project 1 Readings

Arranging Things – Koren – September 9
‘Image’ definition, Wikipedia – September 9
Communication Models – Davis – September 9
Nature of Representation – Davis – September 16
Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino – September 25 (Start reading Sep 18-25)


Sun. September 8th – Illustrator I & II (3hr per session)
Session 1: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Session 2: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Sun. September 15th – Photoshop 1
Session 1: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Session 2: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Project 1.1: Literacy
Project 1.1 Description
Project 1.1 Examples
Project 1.1 More Examples (Page sequence: Final Image, Six studies)
visual literacy: image analysis, translation/abstraction/repetition
Discuss assigned readings, bring a sound recording to class and describe—identify source, media, visual character. Review reduction strategies for the audio, translate/draw your interpretation in Illustrator; develop as an engaging composition using only black and white.
Final + 6 studies, 1-color (black and white)
Bring in a field recording (30 seconds – minute) to class

Exporting Artboards and Importing into New File

Notes for Project
1. In class I  will cover how to print from a PDF. You can also print from Illustrator, the directions for how to do this are here.

2. You will also notice that the project final work should be 10.5″ x 10.5″.  This means that you need to print on paper larger than the standard 8.5″ x 11″. The Phaser prints on Tabloid paper, which is sized to 11″ x 17″. You should set your Final Layout page to this size, and then place your Final Image inside this image. Here is short video tutorial on how to do this, please watch:

Project 1.2: Meaning
Project 1.2 Description
Project 1.2 Template File
Project 1.2 Examples
symbolic representation: visual research, reduction
Design a tri-fold manual for an object to solve a contemporary or fictional problem. Research and appropriate/adapt/hybrid designs using existing vector symbol libraries.
Final, 2-color (black and white plus 1-color), print two copies

Project 1.3: Abstraction
Project 1.3 Description
Project 1.3 Examples
Project 1.3 More Examples 
Please choose your city by September 23rd and come to class with three sketches in your sketchbook.
Abstract interpretation of a city from Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities
Final + 6 studies, Full color