Symmetry | Notan 

The Japanese design concept called Nōtan (濃淡) observes the relationship and placement of light and dark shapes in the composition translating shape & space into flat shapes on a two-dimensional surface.

create (3) abstract (non-representational) Nōtan compositions from 6x6” black paper. 

The shapes should be either organic or geometric/biomorphic. Each  composition will illustrate a different form of balance:

Asymmetric Balance | All four sides of the composition are equal
Symmetric Balance | Two sides of the composition are equal
Radial Balance | The sides of the composition are not equal but bare the same visual weight

 

Visual Communicator: Narrative | Jack and Jill remix

In six “consecutive” squares, create visual solutions for each part of the nursery rhyme chosen, using the set of imagery/ iconography given.

You have room to play with the guidelines for the “squares” or compositional boundaries of this one.

All 6 need to read as independently strong compositions and at the same time a strong narrative as a whole.

Organizing the Random | unconventional material

Experiment with your randomly selected elements.

Think about how the unconventional material can strengthen / add interest to your composition. 

Goal is to create a unified and dynamic composition while balancing while ensuring the design elements and principle focus is clear.

Dynamic Compositions | Emphasis & Focal Point

You will abstract from Subject Matter and focus on Form by working with the Line and its characteristics.

You will use a viewfinder to help you find and organize visual elements in order to create Dynamic Compositions.

Use a viewfinder over the magazine pages - Find at least a dozen interesting compositions - these should all be non-representational; there should be NO identifiable objects within the frame.
 

Dynamic Compositions | Emphasis & Focal Point

You will abstract from Subject Matter and focus on Form by working with the Line and its characteristics.

You will use a viewfinder to help you find and organize visual elements in order to create Dynamic Compositions.

Use a viewfinder over the magazine pages - Find at least a dozen interesting compositions - these should all be non-representational; there should be NO identifiable objects within the frame.
 

Texture  | Actual - Implied - Invented

Create an asymmetrically balanced line composition  - begin to fill in the composition using at least 20 textures - of which at least 9 are implied and 2 are actual created from a variety of line, value and media.

You can use a variety of methods to create these textures :

Rubbing / collage / pattern etc. - however keep in mind that the overall composition - movement - balance - complexity etc all need to be considered and resolved as well.

Value  | Self Portrait

Use the value scales created to make value chips to use for your selfie collage.

Your collage should have nine (9) different value references - white, black and shades in between - in your contour mapping. Be sure that the values are accurately separated and not reduced to too few values for reproduction.

Color   | Color studies - Color schemes

Paint an original design exploring 3 color harmonies.

Monochromatic and Analogous

And choose 1 from the list below:

Complementary / Double Complementary (Tetrad) / Triad / Split Compliment.

Develop a design based on geometric shapes.   Size of design should be 5x7. You will be using this same design for all 3 of your color schemes.

For each study, experiment with creating a focal point and visual flow with value contrast, color saturation, color temperature (analogous & complementary studies only), and simultaneous contrast (complementary studies only).

Final Project | Book Design

Each page of your book will visually evoke a word or phrase of your theme in the visual elements of two-dimensional design that we have explored during the semester. Use line, shape, forms, patterns, texture, color etc. to express the idea of each page. Your designs must be abstract, evocative or symbolic – think analog and metaphor – NOT a literal illustration.

 

Consider the overall design of the book as well as the individual pages. It is an object that will need to be orchestrated in terms of continuity and overall meaning