Buzzpedia:In Class Visual Composition

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This assignment asks you to work together in small groups to create visual compositions, and then explain your compositions to the class in brief presentations. Find the link that corresponds to your section and group below. This link will take you to your group page for this assignment. On your group page you will find a link to a Wikipedia article on a famous part of Georgia Tech history. Your group's task will be to compose a visual essay representing this person, place, or thing using images only. You will have thirty minutes to complete this task. Rules:

  1. Choosing images:
    1. You may use images from for this assignment (NOTE: We're bending copyright a little here, but just this once)
    2. You may use any other public domain or creative commons licensed images for this assignment. Use google and flickr to find public domain and creative commons licensed images.
    3. You may capture your own images if you wish.
    4. Choose images that give the reader a strong impression of your subject. Use the Wikipedia article to decide what impression you want to communicate. You may want to try to communicate several aspects of the subject's story, or focus on just one. The choice is yours.
    5. Your images must make sense together. The e-book suggests techniques for this.
  2. Prepare images:
    1. You may use image editing software to edit your images, but remember, time is short!
    2. Consider what you want the viewer to focus on in each individual image, as well as in the composition as a whole. Use contrast and line to draw the viewer's eye. Use cropping to select the most important piece of the image.
  3. Position images
    1. Use the Image tag to arrange the images on your group page. Advice for using the tag can be found here:
    2. Consider the principles of alignment, contrast, consistency and tension as described in our e-book when positioning your images
    3. Be creative! Don't just arrange images in a single line. Position them on the page to achieve maximum effect when displayed in front of class
    4. When your page is complete, it should contain nothing but your images!!

When groups have completed their compositions, they will present them to the class. The class will then analyze each composition and tell the group what they think it means. Your classmates' analysis of your composition will tell you where you succeeded or failed to communicate your desired message using the visual mode. Groups should be ready to explain how they used the design principles to design their visual essay.

A successful visual essay from a previous class:

Experiment and have fun!

Section A2

Section J1

Section G2

This exercise will help you practice your visual composition skills, as well as your small group communication skills. Participation in this assignment is worth both electronic and in-class participation points!

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