Thursday, February 2nd

Class hours: 9:40am – 2:05pm
Mr. Cronin
Mr. Moore


  • Doors locked immediately after school as normal for Thursdays.
  • I just love things with big scale.
  • Let’s go over Friday! Remember that I am not going to be here as I meet with other arts teachers from across the state.
  • Josh Slossberg in Cawd2 turns has a birthday today.  He has volunteered to buy us all a snack at break, make sure you follow him down to the cafe!
  • It is also Goodman’s birthday on Monday!
  • ICE CREAM PARTY TODAY AFTER LUNCH.  Haley / Ward / Soren can you come back a bit early to help Mrs. Dulleba.

Some 5 x 5 samples going to Lyndon!

9:40 Attendance and Article

9:45 Thursday Morning Photoshop Content

  • Clipping Masks
  • Stoke outlines
  • Gradient Overlays
  • Distribution of letters / alignment tools.

10:00 Thursday AM Typographic Exercise:  Experiments in Filled Type.

This morning we are going to work on two typographic exercises based off of filled type.

Assignment #1 – vermont

11×8.5 (landscape, not portrait!) inches at a resolution of 300.

Create the word “Vermont” using the Impact font.  Each letter will be its own text element.

Find 7 images which represent Vermont and use each per letter.

Create a subtle background gradient.  Create a subtle background gradient.  Required – I want you to practice it.

Use a stroke on the text as needed.

Save as “(lastName)VermontTypo.jpg”.  Keep the .psd on your own drive.

Assignment #2 – your history/favorites

11×8.5 (landscape, not portrait!) inches at a resolution of 300.

Create your last name using the Impact font.   Latteccia should probably do her first name.  The spirit is that we have a good amount of text to design around.

The goal of this project is to do a “your history” or “your favorite”  project.  Where have you lived?  What is your history in video game consoles?  What are/were your favorite types of foods?  What are your favorite rpg’s?  What are your mains in WOW (if you have enough).  What are your dead man walking foods?

 In the above example, I did a quick history of concerts I have attended.  (My recommendation, be spontaneous.)

For each letter of your first or last name find an image online.  Make sure the image is both big enough and also clear enough to get your message across.  Any image legal, and class appropriate.

Create a subtle background gradient.  Required – I want you to practice it.

Use a stroke on the text as needed.

Save as “(lastName)HistoryTypo.jpg”.  Keep the .psd on your own drive.

Don’t spend 23 minutes trying to find that “perfect” covered bridge.  You need to get both of these done today by break.

Both of these due Friday at 2:05.  

10:40 Intro to Friday

10:45 Break (15 Minutes)

11:00 Week 21 Quiz


  • Notes / Music away
  • Silent until noon
  • No moving around / no drinks / no bathroom / no pencils.  When lights are on it means we are asking for a quiet, distraction-free environment.
  • Click here.

11:30 Week 21 Sketching Content: Daily Routine

Today we are going to start looking at Infographics.  “Infographics make complex information eye-catching, shareable and easily digestible. Most importantly, they play a crucial role in the increasingly visual world of marketing.” – Wikipedia.

In the above infographic, we see spotlights on famous world athletes.  We are going to take this style and create an infographic for your life.

First – the day.  I think it makes sense to pick a school day so we can see a lot of different activities visualized.  If you choose Saturday and you have 2 bars of “Sleep” and “Overwatch” I am going to be less encouraged to give you an A. Don’t be lazy.

Second – color required.  I think it simply makes the design have more impact and show diversity of activity if we use color.  Markers, watercolors, colored pencils – just make it pretty.

Third – you must label the work.  Handwriting, spelling, legibility and attention to the detail of the text will separate the A’s from the D’s.

We are all going to start with the following blank which I have printed out for us.  We are going to use the same basic framework as we see above.  Midnight is the far left, a little counter intuitive compared to a standard analog clock, but I wanted to match the form we see above.

Sign and date bottom right, this is due next Wednesday at 3pm for full credit.  If you are leaving here place in your cubby at night.  No more paper at your seats, it turned into a mess.

In the end I could do this project for my day in about 5 minutes.  It would look terrible.  You have the time to do it well and create something really quite nice.

** This is due next Wednesday at 3pm.  Most other work from this week is due Friday at 2:05.  If you as a young designer want to manage your time where you work on Cawd digital work now and do this over the weekend, this is acceptable.

12:00 Lunch (30 Minutes)

12:30 Attendance and Article

12:35 Quiet Production Time

12:45 Week 21 Web Design Exercise:  Portfolio V1

You have until the end of the day on Friday to get:

  • Your Portfolio Version 1 completed following the requirements in the Tuesday / Wednesday dayplan.
  • The Self Directed website completed following the same requirements, save for the different root folder.  (If an every other afternoon here you are not responsible for this.)

2:00 Dailies


2:05 Dismissal

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