ELEMENTS OF PHOTOGRAPHY POSTER
As part of their senior graphics rotation, seniors research a photographer and produce a poster of his or her work in a layout style based on the golden proportion.
Seniors develop a personal logo and use it to design business cards, letterhead and envelopes. The logo then becomes a the basis for a graphic signature that unifies the cover and dividers of a senior portfolio, a collection work produced during their four years at the CFC.
After receiving instruction in the use of type, sophomores are provided with text for an imaginary magazine. Using InDesign, they select fonts in appropriate weights and sizes and arrange the text to produce a table of contents that is creative, attractive, logical and readable.
Seniors take over designing the infographics and layout for pages 4 and 5 of the Blue Devil’s Advocate, the Varina High School newspaper.
Sophomores are given a scanned photograph with significant damage. Using Photoshop, they straighten, repair and tint it.
Freshmen research a figure from Greek mythology and gather images to illustrate his or her traits and powers. After instruction in column-style layout, they produce a tabloid-sized poster about the figure.
SAMEKH & PSI
Seniors researched a letter from the Phoenician or Greek alphabet which evolved into one of the 26 letters of our modern alphabet. Using Adobe Illustrator, the students then did three different designs in a 10”x0” format. One was to emphasize the symbol itself; one was to emphasize the name of the symbol; one was to emphasize the text of their research. This design for “Samekh”emphasized the symbol, while the design for “Psi” emphasized the text.
Juniors created an imaginary candy and used Adobe Illustrator to create a box to contain it. The box included nutritional information, ingredients and a bar code.
In the beginning of the study of the elements of photography, students analyzed a single element in a photograph then used that analysis for the text of a simple design produced in Adobe Illustrator. The assignment asked that the students incorporate an interesting treatment of typography into the design.
Sophomores were instructed in making selections and combining them in Adobe Photoshop. They took those skills and used them to combine parts of different images to create a montage that would illustrate a song lyric, line of poetry or quote.
Freshmen learned modular newspaper design. They then selected a year in history, composed two stories dealing with important events of that year, and collected information to use in a sidebar that would include other events. Using InDesign, they produced a newspaper front page with their own nameplate.