As I have mentioned in class, this semester is not about software, rather its about the entire design process, specifically workflow for all mediums from print to time-based and everything in between. As part of the design process—unless you are a freelance designer who creates files that will be directly handed off to the client who will hand it off to other for final production—you will be working in teams. Those teams could take many different shapes and consist of many different skillsets. To help you get a better sense of how you’ll be working once you get into the industry, you’ll be working in teams on an off again for the rest of the semester.

Part One

We will be drawing names to figure out the teams of 4 for the first project in class. Once in teams, in part one of this exercises you will need to find descriptions for the following job titles. Your team will need to submit one document by the end of class with the definitions and the members of your team. You can do this on paper, send me a link to a Google Doc, or email me a Word Doc, it’s your choice!

Here are two good places to check out actual job descriptions that did not come from a wiki! Authentic Jobs and Design Jobs

Part Two

In your teams, you will need to do some presearch on the project you will be working on. Every firm does this prior to meeting with the client for the first time. What you are trying to do is get as much knowledge about what you could be designing, who you are design for and basic history of how it has been done in the past. You are basically arming yourself with knowledge so you can sound smart when you first meet your client face to face.

In part two of the classwork you will be researching political campaigns at the local level. For example, you will want to investigate what a city mayor or city councilmen would need to run an effective campaign. You could look into judges and state senators too, but keep it local or state. Campaigns for positions on the federal level are a bit more involved. Your team will need to submit one document by the end of class with the results of your research. You can do this on paper, send me a link to a Google Doc, or email me a Word Doc, it’s your choice! Things to look for include:

This is not an exhaustive list by any means. There may be a lot that I did not include! It is your team’s job to add anything I have missed to this list. You should also record any evidence to the success of each type of campaign. Some may be better than others and we will focus on that later, but for now you are collecting and recording everything to sort through later.