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Movie poster group photo

Students have the task to create an archetypical “Movie poster group photo”. They form groups, and select a movie genre they will be working in (comedy, sci-fi, thriller, super heroes…). They will chose a setting, costumes, accessoires…

They may need to use effects such as green-screen backgrounds, projected background, artificial smoke.

They will need to apply postproduction to match the tone and atmosphere of the chose genre.

Finally, the photograph needs to be combined with typography and movie poster credits.

Some examples of different group photo styles:

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reverse-engineer an interface

In this assignments, students have to reverse-engineer a digital interface, such as an app, a website, or a digital terminal (e.g. an ATM).

They need to :

  • Identify a workflow they will analyse and reverse-engineer.
  • Select the screens they will work on.
  • Re-create the screens, using an interface design software.
  • Create wireframes.
  • Create a raw sketch.
  • Create a basic style guide / pattern library / interface inventory.

Some write-ups of similar exercises:

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sketchnote a TED talk

Produce visual notes for a conference or talk. This is a common exercice in classes and workshops that teach “The Art of Visual Notetaking“.

A typical assignment is the TED Talk by Margaret Gould Stewart, How giant websites design for you.

Writeups:

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a page from another world

An assignment by Golan Levin and Claire Hentschker, at CMU School of Art, in 2018:

Students were asked to write code which generates “a page from another world”: a composition of asemic writing, to be rendered by a computer-controlled Axidraw plotter.

The results are presented in an album on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/golanlevin/albums/72157690944233462

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designing an election campaign

In a class at UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), by instructor Gary Rozanc, students received the following assignment:

You will be designing an election campaign for a Baltimore City Councilman.

The project is conducted by teams of four. Steps included:

  • Researching political campaigns at the local level
  • Conducting an interview with a councilman who is running for election.
  • Creating a Project Brief & Production Schedule.
  • Give a 10 to 12 minute presentation on why your design decisions are the best choices for the client.
  • Submitting final campaign files.
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fictitious mobile application

Create a fictious mobile application, with a prototyping app (Sketch, Adobe XD, InVision…).

Found in a student portfolio from Elon University, assigned in Visual Aesthetics class: https://feleciawilkins.wixsite.com/portfolio

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Kinetic Typography

Create a kinetic typography video that accompanies an audio of your choosing.

Found in a student showcase from Elon University: https://feleciawilkins.wixsite.com/portfolio

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define a new *punk

Recent decades have seen the emergence of micro-genres or movements, that defined their own esthetics, often through combination of previous cultural expressions.

A classic example is Vaporwave, “a microgenre of electronic music, a visual art style, and an Internet meme”. Other examples:

  • Seapunk, a subculture that originated on Tumblr in 2011. It is associated with an aquatic-themed style of fashion, 3D net art, iconography, and allusions to popular culture of the 1990s.
  • Witch house, an occult-themed electronic music microgenre and visual aesthetic.
  • Solarpunk, a movement that encompasses a multitude of media such as literature, art, architecture, fashion, music, and games.

Examples of new genres that students could create:

  • Sapin Punk, a modernized internet version of the Style Sapin.

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Improve the homepage of Tim Berners-Lee

An exercise in web design: improve the homepage of Tim Berners-Lee :

https://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/

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People as pixels

An experiment carried out by John Maeda at MIT (Computational Media Design Course) in 1996. Described in his book Creative Code (p.216):

As a continuation of the collaborative coding process, we attempted an experiment to better understand visual design on the computer. In the atrium of the Media Lab, we rigged up a camera on the fourth floor pointing downward; in the lower lobby, we projected the image seen from above so that the students (as pixels) could see themselves. The idea was that each student took charge and “programmed” the pixels, whether by script or direct commands.

Maeda mentions the source of this idea:

My inspiration for this experiment was a Bauhaus story of an old Master taking his students to the gymnasium to walk on the paths of large circles to graps the form’s essence.