This event is open to all GW and Corcoran students, with a few spaces open for non-GW students! To attend as a non-GW student, we ask for a suggested $5 donation to the Corcoran's Graphic Design program via https://corcoran.gwu.edu/support (please put "Graphic Design" as the comment). Thank you and see you soon!
After you RSVP, you'll be sent the links to attend.
What is this?
A workshop where students will learn about a social movement and design a poster expressing how “creativity is power” in shaping collective action through narratives (and counternarratives). Our workshop will allow students to explore animation techniques in their posters, resulting in a poster design that is a looping animation.
Who will teach it?
- Ricky Altizer, Senior Visual Designer at Purpose
- Elena Scott, Senior Visual Designer at Purpose
- James Surdam, Visual Editor at the New York Times
- Session 1: Wednesday April 7, 7 - 8:30 PM ET
- Session 2: Wednesday April 14, 7 - 8:30 PM ET
- Session 3: Wednesday April 21, 7 - 8:30 PM ET
What are the learning objectives?
- Identify a historical and/or contemporary social movement that interests them.
- Research the movement of their choice individually.
- Define an audience they want to reach.
- Design a poster to support (or counteract) a specific movement narrative.
- Discuss how they got from their research to their concept.
- Plan a looping animation of their poster.
How will it be run?
Week 1 (Session 1: Wednesday Evening April 7, 7 - 8:30 PM ET)
- Introduce Ricky, Elena, and James introduce themselves
- Discuss what makes a compelling poster, how posters reflect social movements
- Define Movement, Narratives and Counternarratives, Audience
- Assign research guidelines and design prompt
- Participation activity (Eg, discussion on two posters, demo simple poster design via screen share)
- Preview animation segment next week
Week 2 (Session 2: Wednesday April 14, 7 - 8:30 PM ET)
- Students present their progress (in a shared Google Slides presentation)
- Ricky, James, and Elena facilitate breakout groups for group critiques
- Discuss how poster design has changed in digital age with animation
- Animation tutorial
Week 3 (Session 3: Wednesday April 21, 7 - 8:30 PM ET)
- Students present final posters and discuss what they learned
Final (by May 5, 2021)
- Pieces are included in a web gallery for the NEXT exhibition (launching May 10, 2021)
- Student posters are featured on GW Corcoran digital channels
- A selection of final posters are printed and sent/handed to students
What will students walk away with?
- Deeper knowledge about a social movement
- A moving poster for their portfolio / body of work
- Dimensions: TBD
- Printing Method: TBD