Visual Unit WORKSHOP

Work to have done: a complete-as-possible draft of your visual rhetorical collages, shared where we can find it, with a

Plan for the day:

  1. Workflow Reminder: Describe -> Evaluate -> Suggest (5 min)
  2. Evaluation reminder: our shared criteria (5 min)
  3. Peer Review Workshop (3 times 10-12 min)
  4. Evaluation revisited (10 min)
  5. HW Preview

1. Workflow Reminder: Describe -> Evaluate -> Suggest (5 min)

To help maximize what you learn both in receiving and in giving feedback, please work in the following three steps:

  1. First, describe what you see, without judging whether it's good or not. What is this project? What stands out? What seems to be the focus?
  2. Next, evaluate according to shared criteria, in light of the focus you perceive in the project.
  3. Finally, suggest some revision possibility that you think might help take the project to the next level: assume a revision is on the way. Given the goals, the focus, the criteria, what might be next?

2. Evaluation reminder: our criteria (5 min)

We set up a few shared goals and constraints to meet the baseline requirements. Let’s try to help everyone get at least to there!

I’d like to point out two things we didn’t say, but I think maybe were going without saying:

  • Use only source material you have fair rights to use (and cite where appropriate)
  • Use at least one GIMP tool to edit an image (modify the image in any way)

Can we confirm these, or does someone want to make a strong argument against?

3. Peer Review Workshop (3 times 10-12 min)

Let’s do this!

Before you leave your seat, (1) load up your GIMP project, and (2) label three index cards For: {yourname}.


Rotate *counter*-clockwise around the monitor-islands. Label one index card From: {yourname}. View / read through the project fully at least once, then
  1. Describe what you see,
  2. Evaluate where it meets or misses the criteria,
  3. and
  4. Suggest ways to meet and exceed the criteria!

I’ll keep track of time.

On subsequent loops, note that after viewing the project first, you may also want to read and/or refer to the previous index cards.

4. Evaluation revisited (10 min)

Head back to your seats and take a minute to read and photograph the notes you’ve received. (Make sure your photos are legible; I’ll be collecting the cards at the end of class.)

Based on your viewing, would anyone like to propose new criteria, whether baseline or aspirational?

Homework for Next Time

  • Next class will be a graphic designers’ studio: bring headphones for sonic isolation, and whatever else you need to work towards finalizing your visual rhetorical collage.
    • The final draft is due at the end of the day on Sunday, and a reflection by class-time on Tuesday; see the visual rhetorical collage prompt for further details.
  • Even as we zoom in toward the unit finale (again), I want to keep one eye open toward the bigger picture (again!). Write a short blog post thinking about possible group projects you’d like to try for the end of term.
    • What games or branching narratives come to mind as you view the class’s arguments?
    • Or what further possibilities of graphic design might you want to explore in connection with other people, and other media?
    • You can post this to the Issue Queue; there is no minimum length requirement.


If time remains, go ahead and get started on those revisions!