This is a project that is completed in three steps; the gathering of an image to critique, the response portion of the critique, and then a full-page layout of the critique with the image. For the first portion, you will be required to select a piece of graphic design work and critique it based on what you have learned in this article. You will attach either a link or the file that you will download, so please save a reference to this information in whichever way you prefer. After you have read the piece on Group Critiques, and have studied your selected image, you will then answer the questions in the response.

While not required, it is recommended that you choose a work by one of the prolific designers cited on the Great Design Quotes page.

This critique will become a part of your portfolio at the end of the class, so it is suggested that you follow these steps to find the highest-quality image available for print using the sample below. You can click on the images below to enlarge them.

Step 1

Google the designer and use focus keywords if you are not finding a good selection of articles and images. Here are some focus keywords to try: graphic design, graphic designer, portfolio, art, artwork, gallery, etc. You will see articles first appear under the All heading on the far left in blue.

Step 2

Next to the All headline, click on Images. You will see a large selection of images with various groupings. Find one that interests you. You can mouse over the images you see and at the lower portion of each you will notice the size (in pixels) of the image as well as a source link to the website it is found on.

Step 3

If you haven’t found an image that you feel is appropriate, or large enough, you can search for a specific size using the Search Tools function on the upper left portion of the sub menu. For reference, the screen shots shown in this project are 1280 pixels wide, which natively is 17.778″ wide in print at 72 dpi.

Step 4

This means that if we adjusted the image to meet our specification, it would end up printing at 4.5″ wide. When you mouse over “Large” in the drop down under Image size, you will then sort through all images that meet only that requirement. While between 1800 and 2200 are perfect sizes for this, you can select something smaller if necessary.

An important note about image sizes: Standard resolution for anything that displays on a screen is 72 dpi, while print requires 300 dpi in order to print without pixelation. While this will be discussed in more depth in Graphic Design II and Web Design I, the general rule of thumb for conversion is to reduce the size of the image by between 33% and 50% per resolution tier; first reduce and resize the image to 150 dpi at 33% or 50% while increasing the resolution tier to 150 dpi, then do this again with the new sizing information and increase the resolution tier to 300 dpi.

Step 5

When you find an image large enough to work in print format, you can click the “View Image” link in Google’s image finder display for access to the direct image link instead of the source link to the page that the image is on.

Step 6

When you have accessed the direct source link for the image, you can either right-click on the image (or control-click with a touch pad) to save it to your computer; you can also copy the direct link from your browser bar and save it to use in your response for the link.

When you’re ready to complete the response portion of this project, you can access the link below or from the main menu above in the Assessments section.