March 18th, 2012

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Design Fundamentals 10-year reflection activity

Objective:  To synthesize the topics covered in the course and be able to write about the ones that will have lasting professional value.
Materials:  Pen or pencil and paper with the following cue.
Set up a scenario for the students by telling them "You have been a professional in your career for 10 years.  A student comes to you to interview you as a professional. The student asks you: When you look back at ART106 what concepts that you studied are most important in your career today?"

Write 1 paragraph.
10 minutes

After the timed writing ask students to tell each other the highlights from the perspective of their future selves.

Here are some student answers to that challenge

The most important thing in class was vocabulary as a professional if you want to be taken seriously you need to sound like you know what you're talking about. And using the design terms you not only sounds smart but you learn more. Even if you just learn the terms in class you will get so much out of it.

I learned to see. Before this class my perception was nearly black and white never had thought of unity, harmony, or pattern. I learned perception, how to see what’s in a composition such as lines and light. I would take away that if one wants to be a designer they must abandon the black and white idea of thinking and understand that art happens in many gray areas as well as in colorful extensions of ideas.

As a student in design fundamentals you find shape and form, lines and gesture. I learned that lost and found lines can be really important I really never understood this until now. For instance, contrast of scale was fun you got to put an image next to another and play with contrast in sizes. Achieving unity is called for anyways. I never did like It was fun to learn asymmetrical balance, balance by position, and using direction  for shapes in a logo. What a great class, Design Fundamentals.

The most important thing I learned was vocabulary and understanding the meaning. You can always just throw something together and call it art, but if you don't understand the relationships between color palettes texture or any other element how are you to explain to others the way you see? People may not see that your art has much value to it but when you explain it and tell what you did or had to do along with concepts and principles you had to follow the meaning behind it will be better understood.

I learned to look at the world through a new set of eyes. I learned how to prioritize the way I do things such as the design process. I found out that the process doesn't have to go in any particular order. Your process as an individual is different. Some people think first, or see the vision first, some people will throw it together and work from there. We see these fundamentals every day and we don't even realize it. Our world is made up of all kinds of lines and shapes in many different sizes proportion's textures and patterns. Some items create more emphasis while others create balance or color, or move in all directions. What did I learn? I learned to see the world creatively.

Creative thinking is a gift. We often as creative thinkers can be distracted by our thoughts and ideas. We create new and interesting ideas. We have to take those ideas and harness them into the basic principles of design. We have to scale saying so that people relate, put it into proportion to the needs of our client, and have balance within the project, whether that be in our time or in our art we have to create a rhythm that people will respond to, emphasize the client's goals, and create harmony. We do so that others will listen and follow. I learned how to elaborate on the topic of discussion and I learned how to use fundamental design concepts to get my point across to the customer in a detailed professional manner that is understandable to the client.

The most important thing is knowing your vocabulary. When you know your vocabulary you are able to analyze and critique a piece better. My teacher Dr. Starbuck always stressed the importance of knowing your design principles and elements. When you are able to use those terms correctly and actually know what you're talking about you look more professional and knowledgeable. Then you're able to get a job that's pays big bucks. So definitely learn your words and vocabulary and never be afraid to ask questions and to contribute to the conversation. Also it's important to know your design process.

Understand how to identify and use the principles and elements of design. Discuss what elements were used in a picture such as balanced texture lines and how they created a feeling in the pictures. Use creative thinking, not only drawing, but also when objects building with your hands. The key to understanding structure form and shape. Use your right and your left brain in design. Be able to balance your design. To create a well-balanced piece of work is what I feel is one of the most important things I learned to design fundamentals class.

Design fundamentals actually taught me a lot more than what I thought I needed to know. Having your own T-shirt company can be hard you need to know balance in unity with everything not just design. Being able to properly use value and colors and contrast helps a lot. You need to make sure that you can use concepts and more to create harmony in your designs so people will like them and want to buy them. You may think that coming up with the design or logo for shirts is easy, so did I at first. It's not that simple. You have to spend time and energy on every design you make and make sure to follow some basic rules of design fundamentals.

One of the most important concepts that I learned with principles and elements of design and how Dr. Starbuck was constantly on our ass about using this vocabulary words so that we can at least sound like we know what we are doing. Talking like a pro will eventually lead you to being a pro.