Project 3: Lego Data Charts

Description: Gather information from my set of Legos. Create 10 charts, 2 of each type, to represent the information I find.

Programs: Illustrator, Photoshop

project-3-process-bookproject-3-process-book2project-3-process-book3project-3-process-book4project-3-process-book5Process : I listed out different ways I could categorize the Lego bricks and started dividing them up and counting. I separated by color, a couple of different ways, as well as size and number of studs. Then I matched up the group of data with the chart that would best display that info.



Project 2: Final 100 Things

Here is my final image created from my 9 revised pictures. My 3 categories are “Hanging,” “Laying,” and “Sticking” (meaning the utensils are sticking into or out of something.)


New Direction

Sometimes an idea runs its course and just can’t get you to the final destination. I did a lot of photography and editing in Photoshop to get all my food pictures ready to arrange with each other. I was completely stumped as to how to make the idea more interesting though and could not push past the idea of just laying out the food pictures in order and labeling them. I was worried that if I tried to get more abstract with my arrangement or photography, then I would lose the message that each individual group of food was equal to 100 calories.

Ultimately I knew I needed to pick a different item to photograph, so I found 100 plastic utencils and have started to brainstorm how I could get interesting arrangements and views of them.

Ways I’m exploring are groups of color, groups of type, tops, ends, sitting in milk, laid in grid patterns and in a basic pile.

Project 1: How to Poster (Module 2)


Description: Revise poster designs to make the instructions as clear as possible.

Programs Used: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

Research Process: I showed the poster to 4 family members and one friend and asked them to complete the steps.I received feedback about which steps were clear and which were confusing. This helped me to know which illustrations needed some work still.

Here is the video of my family completing the project.

Here my friend is making the card.

Feedback included making the tape illustration look more like tape, the first two steps were confusing to my son because he thought maybe a bunch of strips were to be added to make the white border, my friend thought maybe the tape step should come sooner in the process.

Here are the two pages I added to my process book this week.



Project 1: How to Poster (Module 1)


Description: Design a How to Poster that teaches how to do a simple task using only pictures, and numbers if needed.

Programs Used: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

Photography Sources: All original photos

Research Process: I collected 15 examples of how-to posters. I examined each for patterns in the layout and flow of the information. I also found 15 images with design elements that could be interesting if used in an instructional poster. Some of the posters have captions beneath them describing what I liked.


Steps: To make sure that I wasn’t skipping any steps in my instructions I took photos of every part of the process of making a card. I took pictures from a couple of different angles and used my hands in some and not in others.


Sketches: Using my research images and the photographs I staged myself, I began sketching possible poster ideas. I modeled the flow of some of the posters and added in specific elements I chose from my sample images.


Digital versions: I created two digital poster sketches based on my hand-drawn ideas. One incorporates + and = symbols and a circular pattern around the poster. The second uses bars and numbers to direct viewers eyes down the page.