On Monday, March 23, 2020, the DME-115 Graphic Design Tools students and I began working from home. The conversion to an Online class has provided many challenges and technical difficulties. Each challenge we have had was definitely a learning opportunity for us. But, I don’t want to focus on that right now. I want to highlight the work of my students as they learn about graphic design from home. I have been super proud of the work these students have completed in this challenging time we are all in right now.

Poster Design Project

In this project, the students were asked to design a public-awareness poster about the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). The goal is to raise awareness of the disease. What is it? How do you protect yourself? etc… The students were asked to do some research. There is a lot of false information out there and we don’t want to promote that. Below are a few examples of the students’ posters.

Book Cover Design Project

In this project, the students were asked to design a book cover. They could choose any book they would like to design a new cover for. The students had to get to know the subject matter of the book by reading a synopsis if they have not read it yet. Then, the students needed to decide upon one image that best communicates the book’s content. They would then design a new cover for the book with the image as the main focal point. All other elements (title, author, any other graphic element or information) should be subordinate to the main focal point. Below are a few examples of their book covers.

Personal Logo Design Project

In this project, the students were asked to design their own personal logo. The logo should include their first and last name and a symbol that represents who they are. The students could use any software, web tool, or smartphone app they wanted. The best choice is to use a drawing software like Adobe Illustrator because it creates vector graphics that can be scaled without loss of quality. If the students chose to use a painting software like Adobe Photoshop they had to be sure to create a high resolution document (300 ppi). Below are a few examples of their personal logos.