COMD1162 – Week3

DUE: 10 different possible sketches of symbols for a male and female person. The 10 sketches should be drawn on 1, 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper in pen or pencil (no color). With a ruler draw five even rows, and two columns, for each sketch. The symbols will be used in a poster you will be asked to design relating to tourism in NYC. We will discuss the project in more detail in our next class.

Lecture Topic

  1. Project 1 Overview: COMD1162_Project1Overview
  2. What it means to be a designer – visual communicator
  3. Principals of design: see handout here: COMD1162_DesignPrincipals
  4. Reference Examples:

We will continue with last week’s lesson:
Download lesson here: lesson-week2

  • Workspace
  • Panels
  • Geometric Objects
  • Pen tool
  • Freehand drawing
  • Alignment tools – Rulers/Guides
  • Measurements – Inches/Pixels
  • Artboards


A reminder that we do not meet 9/18. Our next meeting is 9/26. For homework please work on Stage 1 of Project 1 (see the handout above for details). For our next class:

  • Identify 6 tourists locations in New York City (Museum, Dining, Park, Nightlife (music, dancing, theatre), Shopping, Landmark)
  • Come up with 10 sketches of possible symbols for each location. Remember you are trying to figure out a ‘style’ that will work consistently for all six symbols. Symbols should be simple enough to communicate meaning quickly.
  • Find at least 3 designers or examples of work that inspire you, and whose ‘style’ you would like to try and evoke in yours.
  • Email me with questions