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Final Project Proposal Title: Graphic Design Portfolio


Final Project Proposal Title: Graphic Design Portfolio

1.            Project Details: (subject, content, display method, number of images, etc.)

I would like to photograph my work I have completed in the last two semesters of my GDSN courses to created a complete portfolio to submit for the sophomore GDSN Portfolio Review. It will consist of twelve projects in a PDF format, printed in color and placed in a portfolio binder. I would like it to have anywhere from one picture for each project, to several pictures for others. The entire PDF will probably end up containing about forty pages.

2.            Project Purpose or intent (entertaining, education, inspiration, document, record, etc.)? Why or How?

The portfolio review that takes place in the sophomore year of the GDSN program is a very serious ordeal. Sixty students apply and they only take about twenty-eight to thirty into the upper division GDSN courses. If you are not accepted you can either try again next year or change majors. The physical intent of this project is documentation, to show case my projects, which represent my skill level, through photography.

3.            What category of photography might your project fall under (documentary, fine art, etc.)?

I would consider the majority of the content of this book to be documentary, due to the purpose it holds. I am recording my projects so that the teachers on the review committee can get a good idea of my skill level.

Lisa Congdon

4.            Name one or more photographers, or other artists, that have influenced your work. How?

I like to follow the blog janalaurene.com, created by one of my former schoolmates. I enjoy her photography style and the angles that she uses. Lisa Congdon is an artist that likes to photograph seemingly ordinary objects in an interesting format in which I plan to reference as inspiration when presenting my tools at the start of the projects.

5.            If it wasn’t for this assignment, is this a project you would consider doing on your own? Why or why not?

I must turn in a portfolio to be considered for the upper division GDSN courses so it is definitely something I would consider doing had it not been for this project. Although taken into consideration the serious nature of what is on the line, I have considered hiring someone to photograph my work. Photographing my work myself gives me the chance to show my work in a way that I intend the viewer to really see it. It is also a way for me to show off another skill of mine in my portfolio without drawing attention to the act of what I’m doing.

6.            Give a detailed time breakdown for each stage of the project. This should add up to a total of 20-30 hours MINIMUM. Please break down into no larger than hourly blocks.

10 hours goes to preparing the material to be photographed.

5 hours goes into the actual photography of the projects.

5-10 hours goes into editing the photos and putting them in an acceptable PDF format.

Monet’s Haystacks, Week 1-12


Monet’s Haystacks, Week 6-12



Final Project Proposal Title: Beading Book

1.            Project Details: (subject, content, display method, number of images, etc.)

I would like to create a beading book containing approximately five projects. I will focus on the project steps being shown through photography, rather than relying on text. I enjoy being able to follow a patter by looking at the pictures and illustration, rather than reading the jumble of words and numbers that makes up the majority of beading instructions. I would like it to be a book or magazine format when completed. I won’t be completely sure how many pages it will be until I start the process of photographing the steps of the beading projects and see how many there are.

Who wants to read all of that??

Better… easier to follow than the written explanation.

 2.            Project Purpose or intent (entertaining, education, inspiration, document, record, etc.)? Why or How?

I bead myself, and I buy beading books for education and inspiration. For the consumer, this book will serve those purposes. For myself as a designer, this book will serve as permanent documentation of the patterns/designs that I have created. So completed it will provide several purposes to the consumer and myself.

3.            What category of photography might your project fall under (documentary, fine art, etc.)?

I would consider the majority of the content of this book to be documentary, due to the purpose it holds. I am recording the steps to demonstrate how to make the projects. While there are exceptions, I think fine art in the 2D form are less likely to serve a functional purpose, besides to be pondered and observed. This being said I would not consider this book to be fine art, but I would like it to be tastefully presented containing concepts presented in fine art.

Marcia DeCoster

Lisa Congdon

 4.            Name one or more photographers, or other artists, that have influenced your work. How?

Marcia DeCoster is a bead artist I enjoy. Many bead artists, like Gwen Fisher, create their own patterns to their projects, which is very time consuming. I like to follow the blog janalaurene.com, created by one of my former schoolmates. I enjoy her photography style. Lisa Congdon is an artist that likes to photograph seemingly ordinary objects in an interesting format in which I plan to reference as inspiration when presenting my tools at the start of the projects.

5.            If it wasn’t for this assignment, is this a project you would consider doing on your own? Why or why not?

I really enjoy beading and have always wanted a better way to record the project designs that I create, so I would definitely consider doing this project on my free time, had I not picked to do it for this assignment. It is important to be able to remake a project and this will give me the opportunity to record that. It also gives me the chance to record it in a manner I like, through images and little text.

6.            Give a detailed time breakdown for each stage of the project. This should add up to a total of 20-30 hours MINIMUM. Please break down into no larger then hourly blocks.

5 hours devoted to planning, designing, and gathering materials for each project in the book. Designing the projects is what I believe to be the more difficult part of a project; there are so many possibilities!

15 hours total to create and photograph each project. This gives me three hours per project for this delicate period. This must be done accurately, due to the fact that I cannot go back and photograph a project that is completed.

10 hours devoted to editing and computer work. This is where I will be putting together the information gathered into a thoughtful layout.

Assignment 7: Color Relationships


Assignment 6: Elements and Principles of Design


Photo 1: wine bottles showing texture and emphasis. Shot at 1/4, ISO400, F3.5

Photo 2: grate with shadow showing shape and repetition. Shot at 1/5, ISO400, F3.2

Photo 3: sugar caddy showing texture and balance. Shot at 1/10, ISO400, F3.2

Photo 4: paint brushes showing line and variety. Shot at 1/50, ISO100, F2.8

Monet’s Haystacks, Week 5


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