Student Project Brief — Case Studies

Project: World AIDS Day Poster

Junior design majors were surprised with a poster project for World Aids Day. Upon arriving in class, I canceled the original agenda and introduced a project in which each student was required to make a large format poster to be installed out on campus that promoted awareness of HIV / AIDS. The poster requirements were that it should be designed to be tiled from 8.5 x 11 sheets and they were only allowed to use the colors Black, White and Red as an additional constraint. The final challenge was that they had 48 hours to complete the project from initial conception, which they were allowed class time to printing and installation. The posters were required to be installed by the next class, 48 hours later

Project: Design Voice in Three Acts

For this project I used the radio program, This American Life, as the driver behind content curation. I have used this project for Senior design majors and Graduate Students, where in both cases I was hoping to get them to think about their role as author as well as designer.

Here is the project brief as it was given to the students.

There’s a theme to each episode of This American Life, and a variety of stories on that theme. Most of the stories are journalism, with an occasional comedy routine or essay. There’s lots more to the show, but it’s sort of hard to describe.

I would like you all to search through the favorites section of this American life website. Only search through the favorites—short list and the favorites — other favorites sections 

This will give you a focused set of shows but still offering you a variety of content. Listen to lots of the shows, and pick one that you like the most, that you relate to, or that you find most interesting. This episode will be the foundation for this assignment. It should inspire the direction of 3 distinct projects. Each project must be connected to the show in some way. Three projects may relate to each other or not.

Your only requirements for your 3 self generated projects are:

A. You must make a printed thing (poster, book, etc)
B. You must make a digital thing (web, video, motion etc)
C. Make anything you want

Since the intent of this project was to begin to help students consider voice, and where they find themselves in the work, the images / video below are not full representations of each student's work but are meant to show the diversity and range of the work produced. 

Project: Bridge Rep Theatre Collaboration

For this project, the students were asked to work with an outside client. In this case, the Bridge Rep Theatre came to us to help design show posters for 2 new productions—a new take on Julius Caesar and an original production called Fufu & Oreos. The students worked in teams of 3 or 4, with half of the teams assigned to each production. The director of Bridge Rep was the client point of contact and would come in for reviews and give direct feedback to each team on the development of their posters. In the end, the director then chose a final direction for each production and the posters were produced for the actual show.

This project was intended to balance both working with a team, and working with a client. 

Project: Exquisite Corpse in Motion

Collaborative project between 2 sections of design students. Each student was assigned a few lines of TS Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and asked to animate a sequence for the assigned lines. The students were unaware of who had which lines, and all videos were then strung together in proper order, making a video exquisite corpse of the poem.