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 #7: WSU Art Museum (due 3/27)

Choose an example from our visit to the WSU Art Museum to write about for this blog post. Explain why you think it is an interesting and relevant example for you specifically, and how it might influence or inform your own decisions about your type design for project 2. Make sure to take reference photos and to write down the artist and title of the piece before you leave so you can cite the work properly. Media and size are also good things to note. Review Blog Guidelines before you post.

  • Title this post WSU Art Museum: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the wsu art museum and 336 Spring 2018 categories when you post.

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Design Blog #6: Type Anatomy (due 3/8)

Choose an example from our visit to MASC to write about and analyze in terms of your type anatomy vocabulary: Why does this example have the visual presence that it does? What are the specific characteristics of the letters and the ways in which they relate to one another? Even if your example is handwriting, or calligraphy, rather than type, you can still discuss the concepts from your Letter chapter (pgs 11-84) reading. Make sure to take some reference photos while you are there and to take note of what the work is and who made it so you can cite it on your post. Review Blog Guidelines before you post.

  • Title this post Type Anatomy: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the type anatomy and 336 Spring 2018 categories when you post.

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Design Blog #5: Formstorming (due 2/22)

Spend some time looking at examples of the Gee’s Bend Quilts and thinking about your formstorming, rhythm & balance, geometric/organic, and abstract/representational readings from the last two weeks. Write a blog post that addresses the following questions: How is the work of the Gee’s Bend women an example of formstorming? Choose one or two quilt examples from the website and explain how concepts from your rhythm & balance, geometric/organic, and abstract/representational readings come into play. Can you relate these concepts to the formstorming process? Review Blog Guidelines before you post.

  • Title this post Formstorming: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the formstorming and 336 Spring 2018 categories when you post.

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Design Blog #4: Organic/Geometric (due 2/15)

This time, choose a visual example from the Brand New blog, which features logos that have been redesigned. Choose one of the logo redesigns that shows before/after. (Make sure to include the before/after image in your post with a caption that notes the purpose of the redesign, the designer, the company for which it was made, and a link.) Analyze the new and old logos in terms of your reading: Are they more organic or geometric? Explain why. Are they more abstract or more representational? Explain why. Why do you think the designer made these choices? How do they relate to what the company stands for? Review Blog Guidelines before you post.

  • Title this post Organic/Geometric: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the organic/geometric and 336 Spring 2018 categories when you post.

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Design Blog #3: Color Interaction (due 1/30)

Choose a visual example that demonstrates powerful interaction of color as explained in your reading. How is one color used to intensify or diminish another color? Choose a composition that uses multiple hues (avoid compositions that use just one hue with black, white and gray). Explain the interaction of color you see in terms of hue, value, saturation, and /or temperature relationships. Are colors analogous? Complementary? Review Blog Guidelines and see sample post for more info.

  • Title this post Color Interaction: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the color interaction and 336 Spring 2018 categories when you post.

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Design Blog #2: Figure/Ground (due 1/23)

The chapter on pattern in Graphic Design: The New Basics notes that the most visually interesting patterns often engage figure/ground ambiguity. Find an example of such ambiguity and explain why you think it makes the pattern more interesting. Make sure to address the definition of figure/ground (or positive/negative) in your own words. If the pattern you have chosen has a specific use, function or application (ornamental? practical? why?), it will also be useful to address that part of its design. Review Blog Guidelines and see sample posts on other topics for more info.

  • Title this post Figure/Ground: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the figure/ground and 336 Spring 2018 categories when you post.

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Design Blog #1: Pattern and Texture (due 1/18)

For your first blog post of the semester, demonstrate your understanding of our first three readings from Lupton’s book, Graphic Design: The New Basics. First, explain your understanding of “pattern” and “texture,” defining them in your own words and using one image source to illustrate your explanation of each term. Second, find a visual design example in which you feel pattern and/or texture plays a role in your visual understanding “point, line, plane (and space/volume)” Again, make sure to explain in your own words while demonstrating reading comprehension. Review Blog Guidelines and see sample posts on other topics for more info.

  • Title this post Pattern and Texture: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the texture, pattern, and 336 Spring 2018 categories when you post.