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Final Project (Website) Checklist

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Here is a checklist so that you can make sure that you have all the required elements for your websites:

Final Evaluation File

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Today I handed out your Final Evaluation. This is due on Monday. As promised, here is a digital version so that you can type into it if your handwriting is a bit messy…

Also remember, when you answer the questions on the first 3 pages, the trick to getting a good answer is to use the Elements of Art to describe WHY that Principle exists. But you must use them in a way so that you are describing the visual elements in the project, as well as answering the question of WHY those elements have created that principle.

For example, you could say something like, “I used rectilinear lines on the left side of my image, and then curvilinear lines on the right side of the images. This created contrast because of the differences in the shape of the lines. Furthermore, I created contrast because the curvilinear lines were cyan, and the rectilinear lines were magenta, which are complimentary colors.” IF that honestly describes the way your project has contrast in it, then that answer would get full credit.

The idea behind this isn’t to trip you up, but rather to make you reflect on your work. And a reflection answers the why and the how of the piece.

Flash Project – Evaluation

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This evaluation is due tomorrow! Here is a copy in case you need it:

Website Analysis Homework

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This weekend, you need to do some research on the best designed websites. You can do a Google search for that, and you will find several lists of what websites certain people think are the best designed. (I wouldn’t necessarily agree with all of them, by the way.) Look at how the websites work. How do they present their information? How do you know what the website is selling? What does the website want you to do? Do you want to continue exploring? Why?

These questions are essential when dealing with a website. A good site needs to interest its viewers and entice them to continue clicking on the website. If people leave right away, then the website hasn’t done its job very well! A website also needs to keep you interested, but also needs to not be so crazy and chaotic that it doesn’t make sense. The navigation needs to be solid so that people can find new information, and not get so frustrated that they leave.

So, with all of that in mind, find a well-designed website and then answer the questions on the sheet I gave you today. If you lost/forgot your handout, click on the link below to download one!

Have a great weekend!

Composite Project Evaluation

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Below is the link to a digital version of the composite project, in case you lost it, or were absent.

Official Flash Project Handout

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Linked below is the official Flash Animation handout. I’ve already approved everyone’s storyboards (if you did one), so I think almost everyone is ready to go! This handout will just serve as a simple reminder for what you need to do, as well as possibly help some of those who haven’t come up with an idea and done their storyboard yet. If you are struggling with this, please let me know, and I’m sure I can help you come up with a few ideas.

Flash Project #2 – Puppet Character

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Our next introductory project is to make a simple puppet character in Flash. The demo below will show you how. Just use simple rectangles and don’t worry about facial features. Then just make the character dance around in place.

 

Here is the demo:

Composite Project: Student Examples and Planning Sheet

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Here is a copy of the planning sheet for the composite project, just in case. Remember, it is due on Monday!

And here is a gallery of previous student projects:

Abstract Principles & Color Photoshop Project – Evaluation

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Here is a copy of the evaluation that I handed out today:

Sketchbook Assignments for Quarter 2!!!!

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Hey everyone – I forgot to give 1st period the sketchbook assignment sheet this morning! I am so sorry, AND the first sketchbook will be due on Tuesday because of Thanksgiving, so I hope you’re reading your emails from me like you’re supposed to! Anyway, linked below is the handout – read carefully, and I’ll post an example of the first assignment in just a few minutes.

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