Week 11 (3/17/14 – 3/21/14)

Alright, back into the swing of things after last week’s crazy schedule. Hopefully most of you were able to do some catching up last week on either assignments for class or on Blizzard Bags. Nevertheless, we are going to continue on here this week with designing some logos, both for our Gravatars and for our created companies.

If you have questions, remember to use Three, Then Me to get help from classmates! I will be spending much of my time going around this week getting grades in for our second progress check before the grading period ends this Friday. Therefore, try to rely on your classmates as much as possible for guidance and feedback.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Creative Process

1. The Creative Process (Overview) (Level 1 – Novice): Here we will start to look into the process of creating new things. This will help guide us in our designs that we make as we continue along. [20 XP]

2. The First Steps (Insight) (Level 1 – Novice): Here we will take a closer look at our first two steps of the Creative Process- First Insight & Saturation. [20 XP]

3. Brainstorming (Level 1 – Novice): Here we will start to learn about how to brainstorm to come up with as many creative ideas as possible.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Create Your Own Gravatar

1. Make a New Gravatar from Scratch (Level 3 – Journeyman): Here you will be using the drawing/painting tools in Illustrator, along with the text and shape tools to create a Gravatar totally from nothing. [30 XP]

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Creative Process

1. Illumination- The “Aha Moment” (Level 1 – Novice): Here we will talk about how the creative process can help us come up with a solution that just stands out as great. [20 XP]

2. Verification – Putting it Into Action (Level 1 – Novice): This sort of goes into our newest Gravatar quest where we actually make our design!

3. What Does Saturation Look Like? (Level 2 – Apprentice): Here, I give some examples of how we can “saturate” ourselves with inspiration. [40 XP]

4. How Can I Incubate (Brainstorm) Ideas? (Level 2 – Apprentice): See an example of how we can spend time to think of & record many ideas for our design. [40 XP]

5. How Do I Know I’ve Reached ‘Illumination’ (Level 2 – Apprentice): This shows you an example of how you can work your way towards Illumination & a good starting point before you even start doing anything in Illustrator. [40 XP]

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Creative Process

1. When Do I Have Verification? (Level 2 – Apprentice): This demonstrates the process of actually creating a design once you have moved through the other preparatory steps of the design process. [40 XP]


1. Blizzard Bag 1 is due TOMORROW (3/21/14).

2. Blizzard Bag 2 will be due next Friday (3/28/14).

3. Make sure you are keeping your XP Progress Sheet (in Google Docs) up to date and are using it!

4. Make sure you have filled in your Company Information in the Google Doc Spreadsheet for your class (Period 1, Period 2, Period 7).

5. Make sure you are saving YOUR files in YOUR folder!

6. Quit Google Chrome, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. before you leave (the key combination is Apple+Q). This will keep people from messing with your Gravatar and things like that!

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