Week 5 will be focused on design. This week we will (re)consider elements of design and what goes into making a good visual design.

Read: Complexity and the Ten Thousand Hour Rule

Read: Stranger Things: meet the design genius behind TV’s most talked about title font

Read: The Vignelli Canon. It’s a short booklet by Massimo Vignelli, who was a superstar in the world of graphic design.

Reflect: Take a look at these assigned readings and let us know what you think. Be sure to tag all posts with #ds106.
Complete a DesignBlitz: To reinforce your understanding of design principles, you need to undertake a “Design Blitz.” Carry your camera with you this week and take photos of objects, ads, signs, etc. that illustrate at least five of the design elements listed below (one photo per concept). Find two more that fail to use a design concept well.

Elements of Design: space, shape, line, texture, color, form, value, type, symbols & metaphors, balance, rhythm, unity

Share all your photos on Flickr and tag them designblitz. When you have completed your Blitz, write a blog post that includes (THAT MEANS EMBED!) the photos and your analysis of the design elements and what makes them effective or not. (You should do this in one single post.) Tag the post with tags: designblitz and ds106
Do your DailyCreates: We are doing 3 TDCs again this week.
Complete at least 10 stars of design assignments from the assignment bank:
 Complete at least 10 stars of Design assignments from the Design category of the Assignment Bank. Each design assignment must be blogged and narrated with your process and thinking! Be sure to do a separate post for each assignment completed (Except Daily Creates which can be lumped together in a single post). You must include a link back to the assignment completed, giving the reader context for what you are writing about. Also, be sure to include the appropriate tags so your work will appear on the appropriate assignment pages.

Nice work last week on the social networking side of things. Keep it up with the tweets and blog comments! It is good practice for building professional networks of similar minded people.


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