The AIGA of Saint Louis invited us to hold a workshop at their annual AIGA Student Conference held at Maryville University. It was a conditional design exercise focused on making album art. We restricted them through order of making, materials, and time and asked them to respond to a song through color, texture, and form. Kelcey Towell joined and brought along her Letter Maker, a simple template that breaks down typography into basic pieces. We provided a wide array of colored papers, markers, and scissors, introducing each one at different stages. Students started with color, being asked to listen to the entire song imagining the appropriate color(s) in response. Once colors were chosen, they began making marks using the Letter Maker. The focus was on rhythm, pattern, and texture. Finally, they were asked to contain those colors and textures in form, organizing them into a fixed space.
Results were varied, but each student was able to respond to these conditions in under 45 minutes and produce a considered piece of album art. Our hope is that they impose these types of conditions in future work and learn the value of such processes in making.
Work by Nikolai Laba, Dustin HigginBothom, Matthew Winchell, Kranti Thorat, Colin Boland, Ashley Polito, Michaela Murphy, Valarie Mclennan, Daniel Adams, Cory Sanders, Leah Strickman, Kristen Pauli, Kevin Ranyan, Chelsei Briggs, Patrick Peanick, Alex Braun, McKinzie Chelberg, Lindsay Fox Schoeder, Orianna Meontenegro, Taylor Deed, McKenzie Dorris, Jean Avendano, Aiden Zucker, Andria Graeler, Monica Lazalier, Savannah Meyers, Hayden Loos, Kelsey Conrad, John Taszarek, Thomas Hajny, Alex King, Kristen McMillion, Brittany Hewerdine, Garrett Streeter, Quentin Scheutz, Elizabeth Hess, Pearl Franz, Quinton Ward, Reshmie Punwasi, Augusta Golden, Mio Yoshigiwa, Eva Ju, Laura Heldotten, T.J. Patton, Amanda Kessinger, Alicia Arnold, Chrstina Woods, Emily Jurgensmeyer, Kelsey Neier, Jessica Hahs, Mandy Weber, Natalie Johnson, Alyssa Ilgonfritz, Kate Friedlein, Eric Horner, Michael Bertani, Julie Leise