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It’s That Time Again

Well, look at that. I never did give that wrap-up post from last spring’s classes, and here it is time for fall classes already. (Apologies to the graduates.)

Well, it’s that time again. The first day of classes is Monday, August 30, and seeing as it’s after midnight, that would be today. The “Box” will be emptied of all things out of date and will be added to as we get to them. Starting with the syllabus, which I will post sometime in the next day or so when I’m sure I’ve got the schedule worked out.

The biggest thing you should know right away is that there is a new book. The bookstore confirmed with me the order, but I’m not sure when they’ll be in. That’s okay, we’ve got enough to keep us busy in the meantime. Starting with the first class… Expect to stay the whole class period. And bring something to take notes with.

Textbook for AVT 498, Fall 2010 at GMU

Textbook for AVT 498, Fall 2010 at GMU

Book Design, by Andrew Haslam is required. subscription, or classroom-in-a-book or the like, is recommended for software training and tutorials.

Okay, then, see you soon!


Welcome to Twenty Ten

And welcome to the spring twenty ten blog for AVT498, Senior Design Project. You know why you’re here. This is the last SoA stop before you can graduate, and it will be a fun but challenging ride.

Please check this blog often for supplemental info. Especially for files to download from the box. The “Box” is that gray white widget thing on the right colum. See it? It says “box.” “Files For You.” Yep, that’s it, and there are things in there for you to download. Specifically, these three items are new:

  • AVT498_SyllabusSchedule_Spr10.pdf
  • AVT498_BrochureProject_Spr10.pdf
  • AVT498_BookProject_Spr10.pdf

The other files you can just leave for now. I’ll tell you when it’s time for them.

If you haven’t already, please join Flickr. Once you’ve joined, asked to join the AVT498 group. Then when you have work to post, make sure you “send it” to the Flickr group. Only half of you have gotten there, and you have an exercise due today via that medium. There are 21 posts so far.

Today in class, we’re going to talk about creativity, the creative process, review of the design elements & principles, the design process, creative briefs, concepting, and getting “unstuck” when you’re having a block.


New semester, new blog. Standby…

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Addendum to the Syllabus, Creativity, and Samples

I forgot to add the Permissions paragraph to your syllabus, so there is a new page 5. It’s in the Box and I’ll be bringing a copy to class for each of you. I also incorporated the agreement text that you need to sign, so you can cut off that half to return to me.

We’re going to talk about creativity today (it’s after midnight, so it’s technically “today”). And the creative process—how you can harness it on demand, which you will need to do with alacrity and regularity as a professional designer. Bosses and clients don’t care if you’re “not feeling it” because that’s what you’ll be getting paid for. (We’ll talk more about nurturing creativity on the 9th, with some exercises from a couple of books.)

We’ll be taking a left brain/right brain quiz, because it helps to understand your strengths and weaknesses, so you can exercise the weaker half. The quiz is here. If you are interested in more on the brain and creativity, check out these TED talks by Jill Bolte and Elizabeth Gilbert.

Creativity will segue to concept and we’ll look at previous semesters’ work and professional examples of design, graciously supplied by the community.

Don’t forget to bring your homework in.

Syllabus: Posted

The PDF versions of the syllabus, schedule, and 2 project sheets are now available in the Box. Today will be a full class period, so come prepared to stay the duration. (BTW, it’s cold in our room.)

First Day of Class is August 31

Welcome to the Fall 2009 section of AVT 498: Senior Design Project, at George Mason University.

As we progress through the semester, please check this blog regularly. Make it a daily habit or get the RSS feed.

In addition to this blog, I’m instituting another web platform for communication. If you are not already on Flickr, please sign up now. There is a group pool that you need to join, as we will be using it to supplement class critiques. Please request to join the group and I will approve your membership. The comments will be enabled for obvious reasons, and you are welcome to remain a member and comment on student work even after you graduate.

There will be other changes this semester. Stay tuned.