Improving the School through Sign Design
Students will plan a proposal for a new sign for the school that will enhance the functioning of the school for teachers and students. Using sketching materials, colored pencils, scissors, glue sticks, and black ultra-fine-point markers, students will design the new sign for the school. The design should be similar to simple street signs for automobiles, using simple shapes, colors, symbols, and words. The final design concept will be mounted on a black presentation sheet to add professional quality to the design proposal.
Each student will identify the problem that he or she wants to address. The problem can be real, and the student can offer significant improvements, enhancements, or additions to the school experience for students and/or teachers. The students may include humorous or fanciful ideas. The focus of this assessment item is on developing and producing preliminaries, possibilities, and drafts of ideas.
Students will make quick planning sketches and develop them into a final design proposal that shows their intended color schemes. Finally, students will write a short explanation of why they chose the shapes and colors they used. Use the website provided for students to research the best uses of shapes and colors for signs.
This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.
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