P4 Vector Pattern Suite

Course Competencies from GWDA 103 Syllabus addressed by this project:

Demonstrate vector graphics through technology
Generate technically accurate digital drawings and illustrations.
Create and optimize graphics for print and web
Learn to identify the most effective illustrative techniques to obtain desired results.
Define and apply design terminology according to industry standard
Identify and use appropriate electronic vocabulary.
Select and apply appropriate visual elements
Skillfully apply principles of design, composition, and visual hierarchies.
Apply appropriate software solutions to design problems for varied media
Use multiple software applications to solve design problems.
Articulate and defend concepts
Critique and evaluate design solutions
Develop the ability to effectively critique your own and other students’ designs.
Meet deadlines according to project specifications
Demonstrate effective file and time management skills in the production of projects.

For this project, you are to create a suite of at least 4 patterns based around a stated theme.

Within the four patterns at least two will consist of fundamentally different patterns in terms of imagery. The remaining two can be explorations of alternative color schemes. The color schemes employed in all members of the suite must be labelled with the individual pattern and described in the project statement.

The patterns you create will be image based, that is, they will exhibit your ability to illustrate images. Nonobjective or abstract patterns are not the desired outcome from this project.
If you are a Fashion Design/Merchandising student, this suite of patterns should be designed for fabric and appropriate fashion/accessory applications. Think of the audience: what age group/demographic are you designing for?

If you are a Graphic and Web Design student, this suite of patterns should be designed for appropriate print/package/web background applications.  Think of the audience: is this suite of patterns for childrens’ retail products? A background pattern for a company’s website? A pattern backgrounded in a motion graphic advertisement for a product or service?

You will write a project statement explaining the application, the theme of the images, color schemes employed and the audience that will accompany this project.
As with all projects submitted in this course, do not “live trace” elements using “Image Trace” panel- I want to see your skills with Illustrator’s drawing tools.

Step 1: Research. Due week 7.

You will submit an illustrator package containing:

  1. One page written explanation of the theme of your pattern suite.
  2. One page of example/inspiring patterns. Twelve minimum.
  3. One (or more) page of resource images: photos to be traced from in Illustrator, then abstracted and integrated into your creations. DO NOT TRACE FROM OTHERS’ DRAWINGS/ARTWORK. One page(or more) of drawn sketches of elements for your patterns. These do not need to repeat or tessalate:You’ll be shown in class how to use Illustrator to repeat your pattern with the Pattern Options Panel as you create it.

Step 2:

We will cover in class how to define patterns using the Pattern Options Panel in Illustrator in class week 8. We will have lab time as well.

Your final project will exhibit the above steps and the use of the patterns you save as swatches as the fills of closed paths.

The Final Due week 10:

You will submit an illustrator package containing:

  1. A .pdf file of your final case study titled “LastNameP5.pdf”
  2. A Package folder generated from Illustrator titled “Package”

Your PDF case study will be laid out by page:

  1. A title page which incorporates your logo design.
  2. One page written explanation of the theme of your pattern suite.
  3. One page(or more) of example/inspiring patterns. Twelve minimum.
  4. One (or more) page of resource images: photos to be traced from in Illustrator, then abstracted and integrated into your creations. DO NOT TRACE FROM OTHERS’ DRAWINGS/ARTWORK.
  5. One page(or more) of drawn sketches of elements for your patterns. These do not need to repeat or tessalate:You’ll be shown in class how to use Illustrator to repeat your pattern with the Pattern Options Panel as you create it.
  6. Digital Process
  7. Two of your four final patterns as the fill of rectangular objects laid out with margins and alignment.
  8. The other two of your four final patterns as the fill of rectangular objects laid out with margins and alignment.
  9. Image source information. Any photos or illustrations reproduced in your case study must be sourced back to their origin by working URL.