VC3: Identifying Problems / Fall 2017

Assignment Overview

Weekly Challenges

Due: 45 minutes after assignment
Submit via Canvas
HER-V 310 | Fall 2017
Instructor: Aaron Ganci


Design a poster for random wikipedia entry.


During one session each week, we will take 45 minutes to do a rapid design challenge. At the beginning of each challenge session, you will be given a random wikipedia article and asked to design a 10"x10" poster which communicates the subject of the article. The goal is to create something that will communicate with your subject is and entice someone to learn more.

While you are required to use the INDD template to export your work, you may use any digital or analog method to develop your design. Each week, I will provide a stylistic constraint to your poster as well (ex: only black and white, use a humanist serif, etc). This activity will help you build the skills necessary to quickly research a topic and generate a solution.

There will be a total of 10 challenges throughout the semester.

Learning Objectives

  • See problems and devise ways to solve them.
  • Diverge with a wider array of ideas.
  • Work fast.

Learning Outcomes

After completing these projects, you will be able to:

  • Quickly identify communication goals.
  • Generate designs with a rapid pace.
  • Discuss the benefits of using different media for various communication goals.
  • Follow a templated display system.
  • Express curiosity about our world.


A printed poster (hung on the wall) and a .png file submitted to Canvas at the end of each design session. The posters will collected here:

Grading criteria

In total, the Weekly Challenges are worth 10% of your overall course grade. Each individual poster is worth 1% of the overall course grade. You can receive up to 10 points for each submission. The assessment criteria are as follows:

10 pts

Communication (ability to immediately communicate the subject)

10 pts

Risk (creative, diverse use of form; based on previous designs)


Category % of overall
Weekly Challenges 10%
Challenge 1: Design for people with color blindness 10%
Challenge 2: Global warming 10%
Challenge 3: Wrapping gifts 10%
Revitalize Indianapolis 60%

Late work

Every assignment in this course will be due at the beginning of the class of its defined due date. Work that is not handed in via the method requested by the instructor (Canvas, email, etc) by the predetermined time will be considered late. The consequences of late submission fall on sliding scale, increasing in severity over time. Grade reductions will be assigned on a case-by-case basis (depending on your specific situation) but the following scale will be used by default:

Due date/time – same day, end of class -10%
Same day, end of class – same day, end of day (11:59pm) -15%
Next day (midnight – 11:59pm) -20%
Any subsequent day -50%
Grading scale
A+ 100-98
A 97-93
A- 92-90
B+ 89-87
B 86-83
B- 82-80
C+ 79-77
C 76-73
C- 72-70
D+ 69-67
D 66-63
D- 62-60
F 59-0