Community Projects

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Download Project Brief: cad_project-description1

Community-Activated Campaign

1. Pick a message and define a local community.

2. Design a system of posters that remain 80 to 90 percent blank, but have consistent type, color, placement, and orientation.

3. Develop a library of stencils, which can be both image-based and purely geometric. Posterboard coated on both sides makes a great stencil material.

4. Determine a simple color palette of three to five colors and prepare latex house paint in these colors with dense, three-to-six-inch-long foam rollers.

5. Facilitate workshops with community members, and introduce basic design principles, such as repetition, contrast, and cropping, as well as the materials and methods of stenciling.

6. Ask participants to work quickly and not to worry about being perfect. Each participant should produce ten to fifteen posters in an hour-and-a-half workshop. Encourage experimentation. There are no wrong solutions.

7. Install the final posters in a place that is accessible to the community.

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Contributed by Clinton Carlson, University of Nebraska Kearney

See p. 106 and 107 of Participate for sample student work

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Download project brief: Crowdspeak1

Crowdspeak

1. Pick a word for your topic and make templates in Adobe Illustrator, establishing the size and placement of each letter. Set up web space, such as a Google Docs account, for file storage.

2. Divide your group into teams: one team for each letter of the word. Provide the participants with templates and contact lists.

3. Start an Illustrator file chain. Add a small amount of vector graphics to your template, leaving room for all of the members of your team to contribute. Post a JPG of your file to Google Docs and email the AI file to the next person on your contact list. In turn, you will receive an AI file from the person preceding you on the contact list. Consider its content and add an increment of vector graphics.

4. Each time you make a contribution, post a JPG of your file to Google Docs before emailing the AI file
to the next person. This enables all participants to preview the final piece.

5. Use only vector graphics and no color. Contribute only small portions and respond thoughtfully to what your peer before you has done. Once all letters are completed, choose a team of editors to collect all JPG files into one large animated sequence using After Effects.
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Contributed by Helen Armstrong, Miami University

See p. 42 of Participate for sample student work.

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Download project brief: ss_participatory1

Short Subjects

1. Design a standard format for a booklet that all participants of the project can use, and set up web space for the digital part of the assignment.

2. Select a topic on Wikipedia. Carefully read and download the content, before editing it to be more concise and interesting. Illustrate the text to enhance it further and design a booklet using the standard format provided.

3. Print and bind an edition of five copies of your booklet and number and sign each one. Create a
Flash version of your design and upload it to the project website.

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Contributed by Nathan Davis, Montana State University

See p. 40 of Participate for sample student work.

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Download project brief: connotation_participatory1

Connotations

1. Open a Flickr account and provide participants with a common physical space where they can display images, such as a wall or board. Collect and crop twenty images from Flickr.
2. Make sure the pictures are protected by the Creative Commons license. Print and display all images on the image wall or board.
3. Once all participants have posted their selections, choose any sixteen images from the wall or board that resonate.
4. Assemble them into a square composition and apply a word to activate their content.
5. Produce a printed mounted version and a digital version. Upload the digital file to the project Flickr account.
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Contributed by Nathan Davis, Montana State University

See p. 77 of Participate for sample student work.

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GoogleType

1. Use Google Docs to co-create an alphabet of lettering with a group of participants, working remotely, yet simultaneously, on the same file.

2. Once your alphabet is complete, use the type to design a poster for a book of your choice.

3. Start by developing three sketches. Consider hierarchy, color, and composition, and balance the co-created lettering with a strong but simple supporting font.
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Contributed by Zvezdana Stojmirovic, Maryland Institute College of Art

See p. 38 and 39 of Participate for sample student work.

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