Week 7 will be focused on design. This week we will consider elements of design and what goes into making a good visual design.

Suggested Readings:

DS106 Design Resources This is a very exhaustive list of design resources compiled by past and present instructors of the DS106 online community. There is no need to read everything on this page, but you can provide a solid background in design by looking through these things.

You Should Know This Image. This is a collection of famous works of art and artists compiled by myself and some fellow experts in art and design.

Ten Elements of Design. A short list of important design elements with examples.

Complexity and the Ten Thousand Hour Rule  It takes 10,000 hours to become an expert.

The Vignelli Canon. It’s a booklet by Massimo Vignelli, who was a superstar in the world of graphic design. On page 54 he discusses the introduction of computer-based desktop publishing and argues that he can design everything with a handful of typefaces such as: Garamond, Bodoni, Century Expanded, Helvetica, Optima, Futura, Univers, Caslon, Baskerville.

Reflect, Share and Converse: Take a look at these assigned readings and write a post about your thoughts on the area of design now that you have become more familiar with the topic. Also, read and comment on posts of others in #digme256 and/or #ds106 who are also writing and sharing on the topic of design this week.
Complete a DesignBlitz: To reinforce your understanding of design principles, undertake a “Design Blitz” this week. Carry your phone or camera with you during the week and take photos of objects, ads, signs, etc. that illustrate at least six of the design elements listed below (one photo per concept). Find two more that fail to use a design element well.

Elements of Design: line, color, shape, size, space, texture, form, contrast, value, typography, symbols & metaphors, balance, rhythm, unity & harmony

Share all your photos on Flickr and tag them designblitz. This will make the images searchable by the designblitz tag. When you have completed your Blitz, write a blog post that includes (THAT MEANS EMBED!) the photos and a description of the design element used by each and what makes them effective or not. Put all of the photos and your descriptive analysis in a single blog post. Share your post if desired on Twitter using the #digme256 and #ds106 hashtags.

Do three DailyCreates this week.

Complete 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.

Submit a weekly summary of all of the completed work to K-State Online / Canvas.

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

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