Blog Prompts

This page provides blog prompts for each reading and Design Blog Entry that is due. Please review guidelines each time you post. Remember, posts are due before class on the day the reading is due (see schedule).

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Design Blog #6: Menu Design (due 11/7)

Read Hierarchy and Grid chapters from Lupton/Phillips, “Graphic Design: The New Basics.” Find an example of a menu design on the Art of the Menu blog that you think employs successful visual hierarchy, considering both typography choices (style, size, use of space) as well as other design principles you’ve considered this semester. Write a paragraph that defends the success of this menu’s hierarchy. Next, look at the menu pictured below, which is the former menu for a local Pullman restaurant: Paradise Creek Brewery. Write a second paragraph that compares Paradise Creek’s menu design hierarchy to your first menu. Where is the Paradise Creek menu successful? Where could it be improved?

Make sure to post at least one image of the menu you choose from the Art of the Menu blog, and to link back to cite that specific blog entry. Review Blog Guidelines before you begin.

  • Title this post Menu Design: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the Menu Design and 336 Fall 2017 categories when you post.

Front cover, 2014 menu design, Paradise Creek Brewery, Pullman, WA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside pages, 2014 menu design, Paradise Creek Brewery, Pullman, WA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Design Blog #5: Alphabet Design Proposal (due 10/19)

Describe in detail your plans for the typeface—or font—you will design for the Alphabet Design project. Begin by introducing and describing the text source that you will use as your source of inspiration: Is it poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or an alternative type of text, such as a list? What is the subject matter and spirit of your chosen text? What story does it tell? What mood does it set? How does it make you feel? How do you want it to affect other readers? Next, explain whether your design will be modular or materials-based and why. What set of rules do you see yourself developing to create a design whose letters have consistent anatomy? Finally, what digital/technical tools will you use to make your design and why? Will you need to use scanners or photography? Will you use resolution-based editing software or vector-based editing software? Why? Are there elements of the project you will create by hand rather than on the computer?

Make sure to post at least one image that helps illustrate your ideas. Cite sources as appropriate. Review Blog Guidelines before you begin.

  • Title this post Alphabet Design Proposal: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the Alphabet Design Proposal and 336 Fall 2017 categories when you post.

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Design Blog #4: Type Anatomy (due 10/12)

Read the Letter chapter from Ellen Lupton’s “Thinking with Type” and take notes on the characteristics of type that make different fonts unique. What seem to be the key components of type anatomy? Choose one example of a typeface you see on our visit to Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections on 10/10 and analyze its anatomy using vocabulary and concepts from your reading. Make sure to explain/describe the source of the typeface. You may take pictures or scans at MASC, so make sure you have images of your typeface example for your blog post.

Review Blog Guidelines since we haven’t done a post in a few weeks.

  • Title this post Type Anatomy: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the Type Anatomy and 336 Fall 2017 categories when you post.

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Design Blog #3: Pattern Design Reflection (due 10/3 with final project)

Use this blog post to reflect on and tell us about your final pattern designs. What inspired these pattern designs? Why did you combine these shapes and these colors in these specific ways? How do you foresee your pattern being used in the real world? Post relevant images that help your reader/viewer understand your answers to these questions. At minimum, post your final pattern designs (you can export them from Illustrator as jpgs to post). You will use this blog post to present your work for critique.

Review Blog Guidelines since we haven’t done a post in a few weeks.

  • Title this post Pattern Design Reflection: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the Pattern Design Reflection and 336 Fall 2017 categories when you post.

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Design Blog #2: Point, Line, Plane (due 9/5)

Take three photographs that you feel illustrate the concepts of point, line, and plane as described in Lupton’s book, Graphic Design: The New Basics. You may also take a fourth image that speaks to the idea of volume if you wish. Explain why each photo illustrates each concept. Review Blog Guidelines and see your professor’s sample post for more info.

  • Title this post Point, Line, Plane: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the Point, Line, Plane and 336 Fall 2017 categories when you post.

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Design Blog #1: Texture (due 8/31)

Post 2 to 4 of your texture inspiration photos, making sure you have saved them at an appropriate web resolution. Explain why you find these images interesting in the context of our first project on pattern design, and in the context of your readings on Texture and Pattern from Lupton’s book, Graphic Design: The New Basics. Review Blog Guidelines and see your professor’s sample post for more info.

  • Title this post Texture: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the texture and 336 Fall 2017 categories when you post.