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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Product Design

Created on December 17, 2018 by KatieMorris

Students create the look and feel of a product by designing a label or package for an imaginary product that is not available in a box or can.

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4 sessions; 45 minutes per session

1. SWBAT accurately measure a box or can.
2. SWBAT brainstorm ideas for an imaginary product that is not available in a box or a can.
3. SWBAT plan and create a digital layout that will work when assembled 3 dimensionally.
4. SWBAT use color choices and typography to create an appealing design.

1. Collection of clean food cans and/or small food boxes
2. Rulers
3. Adobe Photoshop or similar software
4. Glue

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1. Introduction
-explain that product design is a pretty common task for graphic designers
-challenge: use food containers (boxes or cans) as a base and design a new label or box for a product that is not available in a box or can
-doesn’t have to be food, could be something like happiness in a can
2. Demonstration
-measuring can label and layout of flattened box
-creating new document with proportions to match box, 300 poi resolution
-demonstrate how to use rulers in photoshop to plan layout, use text boxes/color/font, layer styles, selection and transformation tools
3. Student work
-choose can or label to measure
-create new document
-print label, trim, and glue to box or can (if you have big pieces of card stock you can fold that as a stand alone box instead of glueing onto box)

I have students the option of working with a partner or alone.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[9-12 Advanced] Students communicate ideas regularly at a high level of effectiveness in at least one visual arts medium
[9-12 Proficient] Students apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks
[9-12 Proficient] Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes they use

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[9-12 Proficient] Students create artworks that use organizational principles and functions to solve specific visual arts problems
[9-12 Proficient] Students evaluate the effectiveness of artworks in terms of organizational structures and functions

Color/Value, Form