Graphic Design / Interactive Design / Fine & Applied Arts / Parkland College

GDS 120 Graphic Design I
Blogging Assignment

Instructors: Liza Wynette and Paul Young


To be inspired by award-winning graphic design. To survey current trends in photography, illustration, advertising and design. To become familiar with graphic design publications. To utilize library resources for research and inspiration. To use blogs as a reflection tool.


Using the curated resources in the Parkland Library as a starting point, research and collect examples of award-winning graphic design and post them on your blog. For each entry, write one paragraph describing your selection using the elements and principles of design. For your convenience, call letters have been provided for you:

  • Advertising (HF 5821-6181)
  • Graphic design, illustration (NC 970-1003)
  • Posters, book covers, album art (NC 1800-1890)
  • Design history, packaging, lettering (NK 1160-3630)
  • Web design (TK 5105)
  • Photography (TR 6-822)
  • Typography (Z 243-250)
  • Other

Pay particular attention to these periodicals (graphic design students are allowed to check out periodicals overnight*):

  • Adbusters
  • Communication Arts
  • Computer Arts
  • How
  • Lürzer's Archive
  • PDN (Photo District News)
  • Print

Also pay particular attention to these annuals (current volume is on reserve):

  • Art Director's Annual
  • Graphis Design Annual
  • Society of Illustrators Annual
  • Typography: The Annual of the Type Directors' Club

Extra credit: Feel free to purchase other magazines or books at local bookstores. Keep your eyes open for potential reference materials wherever you go. Collect printed pieces, postcards, packaging, T-shirts or anything that you are attracted to. Take pictures or scan your pieces and post them to your blog. Internet resources do not qualify for extra credit.

  1. Start a new blog specifically for this assignment. Title your blog appropriately for the assigned topic. Choose a clean template that will show off your content. Post only blog entries that relate to the topic for this semester.
  2. Visit Parkland Library's reserve section, periodicals and/or stacks every week (see resources). Seek out a diverse range of samples from a variety of sources. Scan and post at least one quality example of page layout or publication design every week (sorry, Internet sources are not allowed).
  3. Present your blog for team critique and feedback every week by posting your blog's web address as part of each week's Cobra Learning homework assignment (starting with Homework #2). Revise your blog as needed for grading at midterm and at the end of the semester.
  4. Review the post(s) of the team members in your assigned group. Post a response when you reply to their homework assignment. Encourage each other to seek out high quality designs for each post.

Important: This is a graded assignment. Spelling, grammar, clarity of thought and adherence to assignment specifications will count towards your grade.


Your weekly blog posts are due every Thursday at 11:30pm (starting with Homework #2). Your blog will be graded twice this semester: once at midterm and once at final review.


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