For my Graphic Design II class, we were assigned to create a board game from scratch. It started with having all 8 people in the class coming up with their own ideas for games, and then the class would decide on two to actually make. The two people whose games were chosen became the “art directors” and the rest of the class split into two teams.
Within the teams, the art director had to assign work for each person, but we also had to make sure we were creating cohesive pieces for the game. To make sure everyone was on the same page with aspects of their designs, as a group we chose colors, fonts, textures, and patterns that we should all incorporate within our designs. Knowing we work in different styles, it was interesting to see the direction each person wanted to go in, in terms of design.
I really enjoy doing projects like this with other people because it gives us the experience of working with other people who have different ideas from us. Unlike other group projects though, having the one person as the Art Director also changed the way we worked together. All of our ideas were still heard, but instead of having to make compromises with each other, there was one person who could conclusively decide if something would be used or not. It gives us a glimpse of how the process goes in the work force, and prepares us for the future.
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