I found the related links posts provided on each assignment were very helpful in completing each design product that was given to us. By exploring the different blogs, pages, and references, I gained an even more advanced insight into what good graphic design can look like with the right practice, and good eye. The pages that I viewed made me really think about what a designer and a consumer would consider aesthetically pleasing. I am taking professor Ocko’s Communication Design course at the same time as this graphics course, and the two subjects working together really helped me develop my ideas. For the first assignment, when I started out a bit lost and confused, the Boing Boing design article really allowed me to see the main focus of a design blog post. The blogger had done a review on the Snarkout Boys latest book, and with a quick couple of words and links it deemed to be a successful design review.
For the first assignment I also found Set Godin’s tips on design blogging to be very helpful to correct and specify my posts each time I found a new article to review. They were insightful and gave me just enough rule to be able to try to create my posts and projects around those specifications.
For assignment two, I didn’t realize how our selected reasearch topics would fit at all into creation and design factors of this course. After reading the ‘Design Research For Radical Innovation’ article I understood the relationship of using information and creation. The information was the backbone for the creation and it allows the facts of whatever research you have completed, to take form in inspiring and ‘imagining new possibilities.’ I found the info-graphics with the article to be helpful in putting into perspective the purpose of reaching a demographic through information and design.
In assignment three, I found the Peabody Essex Museum website to be very helpful in exploring other types of combined images. Unfortunately the link is no longer available now but the museum website is helpful in itself in exploring the other categories of graphic design. The Wall Street Journal link is also not available but it also was helpful in showing other successful combined image designs and how to communicate to your audience with an image.
As soon as I saw the guidelines for assignment four I immediately thought of Paul Rand, so I was excited to see his work featured in our related links. As a man known for creating hundreds of companies logo designs, he is the king of graphic design. For years has been mastering the common logo by making it interesting and aesthetically pleasing. He describes a logo as not “directly selling, but identifying”, being able to associate with a brand and this is how a logo takes on its own special meaning.
Lastly, in Assignment five, I found the article put out by TED to be informative in exploring the world of typography, and how it can, in turn, stand alone to the world of illustration and photographs. I also was able to explore the world of typography in professor Ocko’s class, so again combining the two was very eye-opening for me.
Along with the video tutorials and my fellow classmates blogs, the related links posts help to guide me through the ever-changing and sometimes confusing world of graphic design. They show that you are constantly going to have to revise and change your ideas, and that one idea is rarely ever perfect. But always needs perfecting. I found these sources to be very informative and very credible as I progressed through this course.