Saturday, December 18, 2010

EDLD 5366 Digital Graphics - Reflection

The course, Digital Graphics, Animation, and Desktop Publishing, was a general and quick overview of graphic design principles and animation. Both graphic design and animation, when done professionally, can be complex. To be able do these well a person must implement these design fundamentals.

The principles of the graphic design that we covered are contrast, repetition, alignment and proximity. The acronym 'CRAP' has helped me to remember these four principles.

Contrast is one of the most important principles in graphic design. Using contrasting fonts and inks, information can be distinguished hierarchically and that most important can be read at a quick glance. In text, contrast leads the eye to the most important things. The principle of Repetition creates unity in the design and allows us to associate the similarities in the design. The third principle, Alignment, creates balance and symmetry. Visual alignment connects the visual elements in a design. Alignment helps us distinguish how these elements connect by their Proximity to one another. These four graphic design principles are foundational in good design. To learn these principles, we were asked to study the design of ancient manuscripts. In doing so, I found that these four principles can be seen in the intricate illuminations of these works of art.

Because I work as a graphic designer, reviewing these four principles made me more aware of my work. Furthermore, these four principles are also implemented and found in art through color, line, symmetry, etc.

The course also provided an introduction to animation and its use in education. When used appropriately, animation can engage learners in a way that text alone can't. Multimedia is the use of text and pictures to learn. Because we learn by processing information visually and verbally, multimedia can enhance learning when used according to researched practices.

Cummings, C. (2009). Basic Design Principles. Excerpted from EDLD 5366 Digital Graphics, Animation, and Desktop Publishing.

Mayer, R. E. (2009). Multimedia Learning, 2nd Edition. New York: NY. Cambridge University Press.

Clark Colvin, R. & Mayer R. E. (2003). e-Learning and the Science of Instruction. Pfeiffer. San Francisco: CA.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

EDLD 5366 Digital Graphics - Animation (The Conductor)

My inspiration for the short animation came from my husband, a classical musician. The last time he played with a local symphony, the conductor lost his hold of the stick which went flying through the air. Fortunately, the musicians ducked...and nobody got hurt.

The animation was produced with Stykz, an open source animation software. The software can be downloaded at

EDLD 5366 Digital Graphics - Animation (The Conductor)