September 26, 2014

Paste Intern Design Challenge: Chalkboard Lettering

Paste Intern Design Challenge: Chalkboard Lettering

So, every other Friday I do these surprise assignments with my interns—I want to teach them to think and design on the fly, and learn new skills as they go. The assignments are based on skills I think they need to work on (be it technical or stylistic), and structure it in a fun way. Even though it’s totally based around them, it’s also fun for me to watch and see what they come up with in an environment with no real pressures, a safe space.

They learned how to make animated GIFs two weeks ago, and today we did chalkboard lettering:

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I started by giving them a pre-existing design to copy, to familiarize themselves with the materials. Then, I started giving them situational assignments, like “design a menu” or “design a jam lid.”

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Made sure to have them photograph each finish piece for their portfolios.
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Alisan had some issues with her board—the chalkboard paint started coming off! We figured it must have been using too much water to clean the board each time. It’s all a learning experience here! 102

 

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