CLASS 6 | May 18th

Welcome to Class #6.

To complete for this online class:
•  Assignment #4 LIVELY LINES feedback as specified below
• Carefully read through the content below
• Complete the “in class” CONTRASTS exercise and share images via Facebook as specified
(Optional) Listen to any Podcast from Design Matters
• Assignment #5
• Stephanie and Amber prepare for *Show & Tell Presentations.

• Assignment #4 Feedback:
Please add a comment (in the comment section below a post on the class website) that includes feedback to ONE of your classmates on their Lively Lines Assignment #4. Share what you think is effective and engaging, communicating  clearly, challenging to decipher and any other suggestions that seem appropriate .

Today we are exploring in more depth several other Design Principals and a Design Element.

Design Element
Image: Pictoral, illustrative or photographic content

Qualities of Visual Elements (point, line, plane or image)
Shape: The main identification > everything we see has some kind of shape
Colour: shapes are distinguished from surroundings by colour
Size: All shapes have sizes and are measurable
Texture: The surface characteristic of a shape; smooth, rough, sticky etc. Appeals to sense of touch.
Space: Space is the blank area that surrounds or occupies the forms. The use of this space directly influences the effect of the forms and the impact the composition will have on the viewer.
– Positive Space: A form, image or word printed or formed on the page
– Negative Space:  The white or coloured area around an element – for example, a margin of a page.

Design Principals
Contrast: Obvious differences in elements (point, line, plane or image) in a composition; size, shape, colour, weight.
Movement: Depicting change in physical location or position
Repetition: The reassurance or re-presentation of an element in multiple

All of the above are used to engage the audience and create meaningful compositions that capture and maintain a readers interest. They provide variety and set the rhythm and the mood.


A Film to watch on The Principals of Design











• CONTRASTS  “in class” Exercise
Using abstract, unidentifiable forms,  with no realism, clearly communicate the following  6 contrasts:
• Soft/Hard
• Rough/Smooth
• Active/Passive
• Course/Fine
• Hot/Cold
• Attraction/Repulsion

• To examine principals and qualities of visual elements in form and multiple forms
• To communicate abstract concepts visually
• To explore various interpretations of a concept, and build a visual vocabulary of representations.



Using black fine tip felt tip pens:
1) Divide your 4”x6”  blank white index cards into two, by drawing a fine line down the center.
2) Create a 1.5” x 1.5” square in the center of each side.
3) Render each side with one of the contrast terms in the pair; one left, one right. Eg Soft on the left, hard on the right = 1 index card.
4) Keep your rendering within the 1.5”x 1.5” square, in black fine point marker
5) Keep your renderings clear, neat and tidy.

Take photos of your complete 6 contrast index cards and post to Facebook as ONE post. Make sure to label them as per the contrast they represent, in the text portion of your FB post. Eg: 1) Soft/Hard etc.
• Freely share observations and feedback on each others work.

TO DO’s | For Next class Due 1pm Tuesday May 23rd

• Assignment #5
Design 10 different, interesting, 2D manipulations of a circle, that demonstrate new ways to alter a shape. Carefully plan and consider the visual impact and various effects you can create by applying the information you have acquired in class today. Your circles should be completely abstract, and contain no realism, decoration or recognizable images.

• To manipulate basic forms to create more interesting and dynamic visuals
• To expand visual vocabulary
• To apply formal manipulations to aid in communication and expression
• To produce carefully considered designs with certain parameters

• Brainstorm a list of manipulation ideas, think verbs; consult the Design Principles list for ideas and THIS LIST
• Each design must be a single circle in black and white only using paper and any form of black ink, paint, pencil etc.
• You can use objects in your tool box to make interesting marks
• Circles must be 2″diameter, placed on half of a blank white index card. 1 circle per half card.
• Be neat, precise and creative
• To be done by hand (no computers)

If you finish your circles in 15 minutes you have missed the point of this exercise. Your solutions should be thoughtful and have aesthetic impact. Consider subtracting shapes from the circle , or consider repetitions of negative shapes within the circle etc.

• Consider the position of the circle on the card, it can be placed anywhere
• Take Photos of your circles and post them to the class website in ONE post. Choose one image and set as the FEATURE image.
• Include clear labelling in the text portion of your post that names each card and the manipulation it represents.

• *Show and Tell Presentations: Stephanie and Amber prepare for your presentations.