Meet someone who has completed four years of design education and ask them to reflect on their education, and they'll likely tell you stories about the dreaded foundations assignments. These craft-oriented projects focus narrowly on a single "core element" of design, such as color, line, texture, or shadow. I remember the "coloraid" projects at Carnegie Mellon. We were instructed to select a magazine layout, pin it to a board, and examine it. And then our task was to re-create the layoutexactlyusing tiny one-eighth-inch-square pieces of colored paper. It took forever (my memory of freshman year is a bit tired,…
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