Open Lab-Illustrator


  1. Open Lab
  2. Submission and Marking


Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it's just not that good. It's trying to be good, it has potential, but it's not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn't have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I've ever met. It's gonna take awhile. It's normal to take awhile. You've just gotta fight your way through. -- Ira Glass

1. Open Lab

This is the first "Open Lab" of the semester. In case you are stuck for ideas, here are possible things that you could do (pick one only):

  1. Try the four icon challenge (inpired by Kyle Tezak) to represent a story or a movie

  2. Design a minimalist poster to represent a blockbuster movie (one that other people would be familiar with). Look up "minimalist poster" on Google to understand what "minimalist" style looks like

  3. Use the pen tool to trace an image of yourself or a famous person

  4. Create a line drawing in Illustrator and then export it as an SVG. You can then use a trial version of VideoScribe to animate it:

  5. Explore web animation using SVG that was exported from Illustrator. This video might be useful:Intro to SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)


The above are just suggestions. If you feel inspired to do something in Illustrator, then let me know what you would like to explore. This lab is about giving YOU the chance to learn what interests you.


2. Submission and Marking

2.1 Submission

An entry in your Adobe Spark Page learning journal. This page will contain weekly entries for each of the CS205 labs. The deadline is the start time of your following week's lab.

Your learning journal for this week should contain:

  1. A heading for Lab 2 and a brief description of what tool was used and what you did(ie. for this lab, it might be something like  Lab 2: Illustrator and ...... fill in the dots with your exercise)
  2. Two images: one image of your (potentially messy) Artboard and the other image of your final product
  3. A learning journal entry which might contain any or all of the following: a description of what you've learned, challenges faced, any youtube videos or tutorials that you found useful, any credits for content that you got from "open source", and anything that you might want to remember about what you've done for the future.

2.2 Mark Distribution