Classwork Pickup

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Students from Fall 2015 can pickup their classwork from my office N1127 on the following dates. IMPORTANT: Please let me know if you plan to stop by. If you don’t confirm, I may not be in my office.

  • Friday, March 4th, 11:30-12pm
  • Thursday, March 10th, 12:45-1:45pm.

Please contact me to CONFIRM.

Hope you are having a wonderful semester!

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COMD Class 30 | Final Critique

December 21, 2015

COMD1100 / ENG1101 at the Cooper Hewitt.

COMD1100 / ENG1101 at the Cooper Hewitt.

LAST DAY! All work is due!

  1. PROJECT #6
    • Phase 1-4 (posted to the Class Blog)
    • Bring Proportional Color Inventory and Humument (to turn in)
  2. Materials:
    • a portfolio to take your work home
    • your Humument
    • colored pencils, paints, pens, color materials of your choice to complete the final Humument page for Project #6.

Grades

  • Turn in all work that has not been graded including all parts of Project #6 and any make up/reworked projects.
  • Make sure the class site has all required content from Projects 1-6.
  • Grades will be posted by December 28th.

Work Pickup

  • Collect your previously graded work today.
  • Check this website and your City Tech email to find out when to pickup Projects #5 and #6.

Homework

  • Take a field trip once a week and CREATE something everyday.
  • You’ve been an excellent class- very inspiring and lots of fun. Please keep in touch!

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COMD Class 29 | Field Trip + Color Inventory + Humument

December 16, 2015

What’s DUE?

Post to blog:

Cooper Hewitt Field Trip:

  • BRING YOUR STUDENT ID! Or else you will have to pay an entrance fee.
  • A snack and bottle of water
  • Small notebook/sketchbook and pencils

Lab/Field Trip

COOPER HEWITT FIELD TRIP

At the Museum:

  • Using the interactive pen, “collect” objects from the museum collection and save them as sources for your Proportional Color Inventory.
  • Find a reference that reflects your Humument theme and has the following elements:
    1. Dominant color, Sub-Dominant color, and Accent color.
    2. A tint or shade

After the Museum:

Review PROJECT #6 : Phase #3 guidelines very closely and complete:

  1. Proportional Color Inventory
  2. Humument book cover

Contact me with questions!

Homework

LAST DAY! All work is due!

  1. PROJECT #6
    • Phase 1-4 (posted to the Class Blog)
    • Bring Proportional Color Inventory and Humument (to turn in)
  2. Review the class outlines for Class 1-29, all six Project guidelines, Understanding Your Grade, and Check Your Grade. This is your last chance to complete or rework your projects to improve your grade. You will not have time in class.
  3. Materials:
    • a portfolio to take your work home.
    • your Humument
    • colored pencils, paints, pens, color materials of your choice to complete the final Humument page for Project #6.

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COMD Class 28 | Color Harmony

December 14, 2015

What’s Due:

Grades

  • Check your grade for Project #4. Grades for Project #5 will be posted later this week.
  • If you want to rework any projects before the final class, now’s the time.
  • If you have an INC grade for any project, it will turn into an F if you don’t complete the work for that project.

Discussion (15 min)

Color Harmony:

A palette of hues, shades, tints or tones (saturation) is used to produce pleasing color relationships to engage the viewer and it create a sense of order in the visual experience. Successful, harmonious use of color creates dynamic equilibrium and helps to unify a composition.

For our final project (Project #6) we will look at formulas for creating harmonious color palettes, starting with Tonal Progressions.

Tonal Progression

  • Grayscale: progression from black to white in the absence of hue
  • Shade: progression of a hue produced by the addition of black
  • Tint: progression of a hue produced by the addition of white
  • Tone: progression of a hue produced by the addition of gray
  • Complements: progression of a hue produced by the addition of its complement
  • Gradient: A gradient or graduated fill used in a digital application is a color fill that gradually blends from one color to another.

    gradient in Illustrator bittbox.com

    gradient in Illustrator — bittbox.com

References:

  • Color Harmonies– Interactive Tool
    Experiment with the Monochromatic and Complements buttons.
  • IPad app: Blendoku

Color Relationships

  • Analogous: colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel (example: violet, blue-violet, red-violet). They have the shortest interval and the most harmonious relationship because three or four neighboring hues always contain a common color that dominates the group.
  • Complements: using colors opposite on the color wheel. This relationship often produces visual tension, shock, or electricity (as we observed in our color interaction studies). This is often the least harmonious color relationship. A palette using complements should be “harmonized” with variations in value and saturation. (example: red and green when reduced to chromatic grays soften the effect of simultaneous contrast).
  • Near-Complements: using a color and the color adjacent to its complement. This relationship softens the visual tension produced by using straight complements. (example: red and yellow-green)
  • Split-Complements: based on the triad system, using one color plus two colors on either side of its complement. (example: orange and blue-violet & blue-green). This color scheme adds more variety and an opportunity for a specific accent or focus, if used in unequal proportions.

Proportion/Hierarchy/Dominance

In a composition you may wish to have certain colors that are harmonious and share visual qualities (similar value, hue, saturation), and others may need to assert their independence and stand out. These would have less in common with the other colors in the palette (different in hue, saturation and/or value) and would create an accent or focal point. It’s important, when choosing a color scheme to resist the temptation to use all colors in equal volume. Unequal proportions are more interesting and aesthetically pleasing. See worqx.com for more info on dominance.

  • Dominant color: color with the largest proportional area – often the ground.
  • Sub-Dominant color(s): colors with less proportional area- they are often analogous colors or variants in tint or shade of the dominant color.
  • Accent color: colors with a small proportional area, but offer contrast due to variation in saturation, value or hue.

chriswarecolorinventory

References:

Project #6 / Field Trip Prep

  • You will create a Proportional Color Inventory based on an object or image from the Cooper Hewitt Museum field trip.
  • See Project #6 : Develop for guidelines. More info will be placed here for Wednesday’s class.

LAB

Color Harmony Palettes (to be completed in class)

Use the files provided.

  1. Analogous Palette
    • Choose three colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel.
    • Apply them to the 3 interlocking forms (provided in AI file).
    • Create color dominance in your palette by varying the saturation or value of one or more of your chosen hues by adding complement, white, or black. Vary the proportion/size of your shapes to reinforce the color hierarchy too.
    • AnalogousPalette.ai
  2. Split Complementary Palette
    • Choose three colors: one color plus two colors on either side of its complement on the color wheel.
    • Apply them to the 3 interlocking forms (provided in AI file).
    • Create color dominance in your palette by varying the saturation or value of one or more of your chosen hues by adding complement, white, or black. Vary the proportion/size of your shapes to reinforce the color hierarchy too.
    • Split-ComplementaryPalette.ai

Color Harmony Palettes Presentation

  • Post your Analogous & Split Complementary palettes to the class blog as directed in Project #6 guidelines.

Homework

Post to blog:

  • Finished Color Harmony Palettes: Analogous & Split Complementary
  • Project #6 : Phase 1 research post
  • Finish Humument pages for Project #5
    • Simultaneous Contrast
    • After Image
    • Optical Mixing
    • Personality of color

Bring on Cooper Hewitt Field Trip:

  • YOUR STUDENT ID! Or else you will have to pay an entrance fee.
  • A snack and bottle of water
  • Small notebook/sketchbook and pencils

COOPER HEWITT FIELD TRIP

Meet outside the entrance at 10:30am.

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COMD Class 27 – Free Study + Humument

December 9, 2015

What’s DUE:

  • Steps 1-3 of Project #5 : Phase 3 Guidelines
    • 10+ thumbnails and documented research to show idea development and critical thinking.
    • Fully developed preparatory drawings showing your and your partner’s silhouette icon.
    • Color mockup to clearly communicate color personalities and interactions.
  • (5) Project #4 pages for HUMUMENT (this was due LAST class)
    1. Range of Saturation (Prismatic Color, Muted Color, Chromatic Gray)
    2. Luminosity
    3. Primary Colors & Secondary Colors
    4. Complementary Colors
    5. Color Temperature (Warm, Cool)

Critique

Present your Paired Color Identities Free-Study (in-progress) with your partner.

  • 10+ thumbnails and documented research to show idea development and critical thinking.
  • Fully developed preparatory drawings showing your and your partner’s silhouette icon.
  • Color mockup to clearly communicate color personalities and interactions.

Present your Humument.

LAB

Free-Study work

  • Scan your drawings – {dropbox link to scans}
  • Guidance using illustrator to create your icon from drawings
  • Continue work on Free-Study in class
  • Practice good time management. You will present your final work next class. Make this one count!

Homework

ALL PARTS OF Project #5 ARE DUE!

  • Review the guidelines to be sure you have completed everything including posts and comments to the class blog.

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