Graphic Design Process
I am restructuring my projects so that each project has five stages that mimic the graphic design process. There is no singular "graphic design process" that everybody agrees, including number of steps. However, I am trying to simplify to FIVE steps for beginning high schools students and trying to narrow down what those FIVE steps should be. I want to get feedback and suggestions from other teachers.
Currently I am thinking:
- Design Brief: Project introduction, objective, goals, etc.
- Research and Inspiration: Students create a new Pinterest Board for each project and pin 5+ examples. For example in my minimalist poster design project, I'd have the students find 5+ examples of Saul Bass minimalist inspired movie posters.
- Ideation/Comps: Students learn the tools/techniques and then they create their design.
- Revision: Students get feedback from at least two other students and tweak their design before submitting.
- Delivery/Presentation: Students post finished design on Behance, link to Pinterest board for the project, and written reflection of their process.
**I keep going back and forth between requiring thumbnail sketches at Step 3 and then removing Step 4: Revision. As much as I value thumbnail sketching and know most design teachers will think it is blasphemous to exclude ... the problem is student enrollment. As an elective teacher in this high stakes ALL STUDENTS MUST GO TO FOUR YEAR COLLEGE atmosphere I struggle with enrollment. Students can't fit "fun" classes into their schedule. I have to compete against easier electives. One of the biggest complaints from students was that I required them to draw. A lot of them take the class because they think they are "not artists" and "digital" art would be easier.