HS Graphic & Product Design, and Design Studio have performed extremely well this semester under unusual and at times difficult eLearning circumstances. While it was extremely disappointing not to be able to utilize our excellent Fab Lab space, equipment, and personnel, the upside was that students rose to the challenge of focusing on conceptual development and graphic presentations. Please take a moment to appreciate some of the excellent design work our HS students have produced this semester!
Digital Self Portraits
Technically this project was completed just prior to the lockdown, but it is significant for the fact that the skills students developed in this task created a strong foundation for later graphic presentations. All design students were tasked with introducing themselves to the cohort by creating a vector self-portrait and presenting their strengths, goals, and interests as designers.
Most of us engage with typography every day, yet many people give no thought to the typefaces they read or apply. For this unit, students in Graphic Design and Design Studio researched a specific typeface, then applied their assigned typeface (along with their acquired knowledge of it) to the design of a page layout. Around this time, students also created typographic illustrations (“glyphs”) to highlight some of the characteristics of their type. Students’ works were collated to form a booklet which we hope could be useful for any budding graphic designers in the school!
Design Studio and Product Design students spent the second half of the semester developing concepts for wearable products. The design problem: “how can a wearable product help to improve the life of a specific user during the COVID-19 lockdown?” Students were encouraged to focus on a specific aspect of the pandemic – from health, safety, and sanitation, to fitness, fun, or socialization. Using household objects as inspiration and/or prototyping materials, the range of different concepts and directions explored by the students has been truly impressive. Unfortunately, this was an occasion where we would’ve loved to continue our design process by fabricating physical products, although students coped well with limited physical resources, and came through with impressive ideas nonetheless.
Design Studio and Graphic Design students spent the latter portion of the semester developing concepts and pitching graphics and branding for a food truck business of their choice. Students worked through an in-depth process of generating ideas, logo development, and branding “mockups” and the results were impressive, to say the least. From classic burger, taco, and coffee trucks, to fictional sci-fi concepts and everything in between, we had a lot of fun creating and sharing some amazing graphics work.
Finally, a big thank you to all of our design students (and families) and ISB team for their creativity, flexibility, and persistence during a difficult, but no less inspiring time. As we know, the best design work often emerges to solve problems under the most challenging situations. We are all super excited to see you next year in our very own design centre!