Project 2: Influential Designers (Due by November 29)
To learn about influential designers throughout history. To research the philosophies, theories and/or breakthroughs developed by these designers. To collect reference materials for future use.
To utilize Google Slides, Powerpoint, or Apple Keynote as a presentation tool.
Description: Using one of the above presentation methods, design a short 8-10-minute presentation about an influential designer of your choice. Your presentation should cover specific innovations, breakthroughs and/or discoveries made by this designer. You must include visual examples of this designer’s work. Your selection of examples must include pieces not in the slide show or in the textbook.
Depending on the number of students in the class and the selections made, you may be working with a partner. Team projects will receive one grade for the work of the team. In addition, team members are asked to complete a survey at the end of the project which may affect individual grades.
1. CHOOSE YOUR DESIGNER: Research books, periodicals and the Internet on source material available for the designers below. Determine which designer’s work you are interested in and confirm that there is enough source material on him/her to do a presentation. “Claim” your designer in class on our sign up sheets (first come, first served; no duplication, please). If you have an alternate designer you want to do a presentation on, you must get prior approval from the instructor.
2. IN-DEPTH RESEARCH: Find books, periodicals and/or Internet resources about your designer. Be sure to look at the designer’s influences as well as who this designer influenced. Compare and contrast this designer’s style and philosophies with other of his/her time as well as those that came before. Give an overview of the time period that this designer lived in and what historical and/or social events may have had influence as well. What other information can you add that was not included in the slide lecture or your textbook? Prepare a bibliography of works cited. (you must use at least four sources).
3. DESIGNING THE PRESENTATION: Scan or download images for your presentation. Write notes for your presentation in bulleted format. Organize your information and sequence it in a logical manner. Format your presentation using Google Slides, Apple Keynote, or Powerpoint.
Include a bibliography of works cited.
Rehearse and refine your presentation until your are happy with it (feel free to make use of GCOM’s Design Lab and our amazing Library). They really make it easy, click the link below.
4. GIVING THE PRESENTATION: On the day of your scheduled presentation, you will be projecting your presentation in the classroom. Give your presentation in class (you have up to 10 minutes). Be prepared to answer questions after the presentation.
5. GRADING: Max. 20 Points (100 Points total for class). Upload your presentation prior to presenting it to D2L (tip: Powerpoint does not retain fonts, but if you export a PDF your fonts will be embedded).
Tip: If you would like comments on the content of your presentation, feel free to email a draft to your instructor. The draft must arrive at at least one week before the due date.