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This semester we have made a few changes in the Graphic Design 1 curriculum. Here at UCO we are constantly trying to improve our classes, to better prepare our students for success in the professional world. So, every year we re-evaluate our curriculum and try to improve the areas and projects that are not working as well as we would like them. This year GD 1 got some minor revisions to help the student solutions fit better into the overall Program structure. Here is the revised first project for GD 1.

THE I HEART BLANK BOOK (The Grid)

INTRODUCTION
The Gridshow.
ASSIGNMENT
Choose something that you love. Create a book that uses a MODULAR grid to arrange the same information to create different visual narratives and attitudes.
PROCEDURE
STEP 1
Choose something that you love. It can be kittens, matchbox cars, salt, unicorns, and so on. Anything will work provided that someone has already written a history about it. NO WIKIPEDIA…use real, actual books please.
STEP 2
Choose the best history of this subject and take at least 900 words from this book. You will also need to find a time line for the subject you’ve chosen. You’ll be using this text and time line so be sure it’s the strongest and most meaningful you could find. Yes, you may have to type this in yourself so use spell check to eliminate typos.
STEP 3
Create a breaksheet: the book will have 16 total pages including the covers. Folded it will be 7 x 7 inches. Unfolded each spread will be 7 inches tall by 14 inches wide. This book will be saddle stitched. Each spread will have some of the text you’ve chosen with images or illustrations. At least one spread will have a time line. Each spread will use the gird, but remember we want unified variety so do not just repeat the same design solution over and over.
STEP 4
Paper is a vital part of the design process. Pick a paper that is appropriate to your subject. PLAN AHEAD…PAPER TAKES TIME
DELIVERABLES
The completed book as a physical comp.
The completed book as a packaged InDesign file.
All process work as digital file.
RESOURCES
Making and Breaking the Grid.
Great book that you will refer to over and over again! Strongly suggest getting it!

Here are a few examples of this semester’s student solutions:

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