Deconstructed Selfies (Digital Art & Design)

Assignment:  Deconstructed Selfies

Medium: Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop

Description:  This project seeks to introduce vector image processing through the use of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CC. Using vector imaging tools and techniques, students will create a self-portrait that explores identity as influenced by new media (Manovich). Begin by choosing a principle of new media that Lev Manovich discusses in the text The Language of New Media (2001). Unpack this idea. This will help to guide your process. Next select a selfie or series of selfies to work with as source material.  Ask your self the following: How can a portrait convey deeper meaning or identity? How can I deconstruct the visual to create more meaning/feeling/emotion? Can I fragment/combine parts of different portraits in interesting ways? How can I incorporate design principles to organize visual form in such a way that deeper meaning is conveyed? How can I investigate randomness vs. controlled compositional techniques?

Aim: Use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CC to create at least one final composition that alters or enhances a selfie. You must seek to communicate a concept or feeling through your design process that explores a principle of new media: numerical representation, modularity, automation, variability, or transcoding.  Use digital editing techniques to augment, deconstruct, and reconstruct a digital self portrait based upon the principle you’ve chosen to direct your work. Consider Manovich’s ideas about new media in formulating your design process/rationale.  Explore visual design principles that help to solidify and strengthen your intent/expression. 

Course: Digital Art & Design I (200 level course)