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Week Ten: Final Projects + Quarter Review

(February 20 2012) Written by: Emily Okey in Coursework

It’s that dreaded time again. Finals week looms and projects/homework/tests are piling up to an all time high. And while I know that I can make it through the week, it won’t be pretty.

Someone (me) had the brilliant idea to take 19 credits (required load is 12). Why? I ask myself that daily now. Somehow throughout the quarter it seemed busy but not completely ridiculous. However, recently the to-do lists are stacking up & sleep is little and far between. In all seriousness, I have enjoyed the projects I’ve worked on so far this quarter.

I’ve had the chance to work on the staff for the Positive Negative magazine that designers & photographers. I’m working on the iPad team which means that in addition to the 3 editorial spreads I worked on, we’re creating an iPad version of the magazine. Pretty new and exciting but it’s a lot of work! Will have to post about that later because we don’t have the final magazine up online yet but there will be a website and everything you can go to in order to see it.
In Packaging Design, I’m working on a team with 5 other people from Packaging Science + Industrial Design. We’ve been working on an almost quarter long project to create a redesign for Wegman’s Organic Juice line. This has included everything from the graphics for the labels, the presentation, a real model of the bottle and many other elements. Lots of work but it’s also really nice to have a project that feels more real world. Not to mention we’re actually presenting it to people from Wegman & American Packaging on Wednesday! Lots of last minute things to work on for that.

In Interactive design this quarter I worked on a responsive website for a blog reader that’s compatible with iPhones & iPads. The second and current project is an After Effects animation walking someone through an app we’ve designed. I’m doing an app for people taking road trips (put simply).

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In my business course we’ve been working on a quarter long project of building a website for a business that we’ve created. We were supposed to build it in Wordpress but I had actually previously told my boyfriend that I’d make his portfolio site so for my project I customized a Wordpress blog as well as created a portfolio site in Dreamweaver. Fun coding (nerdy) things but probably not the brightest idea :) I did learn a lot more about javascript/jquery photo galleries in the process.

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Another course I’m taking is Independent Study. When you get to be a senior in graphic design, you’re able to work with a professor of your choice on a project that you come up with. I’ve really been struggling all quarter with my project but I think I’ve finally gotten a solid concept (of course, I would come up with it Wednesday night a week before it’s due).

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Not to mention the 7 page paper for art history that I just found out about...

The lovely part of week ten is knowing that the end is SO SOON!

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