SHOW STAFF VIEW  
LEVEL 1
16  MEMBERS DID THIS ACTIVITY

Graphic Design

Use an online graphic design program to create a logo. 

Ideally each member will work at his or her own computer for this project. Vectr is a free graphic design software that can be used online or downloaded to a computer or mobile device. If your Club has low bandwidth, download the program to Club computers prior to this activity. To download the Vectr app on Club devices (or to encourage members to download Vectr on their own devices) visit this link: https://vectr.com/downloads/

Start off with a community builder from the YD Toolbox app!

To check in with your members, ask a question like: What logo do you think you see the most times in a normal day? 


WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Computer
 

STEP 1
TIME: 5 MINUTES

What is graphic design? 

Graphic design is a way to create visual art using text, photos, and/or illustrations. Most graphic designers create their work on computers. They design everything from logos to business cards to graphic t-shirts. Take a look at your clothes and shoes. How many brand logos are you wearing? Chances are all the logos were initially created using graphic design.
Show an example of a logo, like the Nike swoosh symbol on a member’s shoes. Tell members they will go on a one-minute logo hunt. Have each member keep a tally of all the logos they see around the room and on people. After the hunt, ask members how they think the logos were designed. If no one mentions graphic design, suggest it and ask what members know about it. Then, explain: Graphic design is a way to create visual art using text, photos, and/or illustrations.

STEP 2
TIME: 40 MINUTES

Use a graphic design program

Graphic designers use special computer programs to make their designs. The programs help them use and manipulate shapes and images to create new designs. How do they do it? It’s not as hard as it may sound. It’s time for you to give it a shot using the program Vectr.

From Vectr’s homepage click on the “Use Online” button. Then select the icon in the top right hand corner that looks like an “i” in a circle. Next, select “Lessons”


Watch Vectr’s Getting Started Video, and then click the blue “Get Started” button to practice some graphic design skills. After you have finished the lesson, choose another. To get a good start on become a Vectr master, play through all 8 lessons


If you prefer to read instructions before you try something, you could look through this user guide.
Tell members to open the website vectr.com. Say: Click on the “Use Online” button. Project the “Get Started” Video or instruct members to find the video (see the member instructions) and watch it. Then they will follow the pop-up instructions to complete the interactive part of the lesson. Ideally, members will complete all 8 lessons so they get a comprehensive overview of the features of the program. Then they can use some of these graphic design elements when they create a club logo.

(If you have a way to display or share your computer screen you may want to model completing one of the tutorials before having members complete one independently.)

STEP 3
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Logo Challenge

Logos give a quick peek at how a company or organization sees itself and how it wants to be recognized. Look through the logo examples in Vectr’s article What Are Iconic Examples and How to Create One. What do you notice about the logos changed through the years? What do you think makes a good logo?

What could you create an original logo for? You might make up a logo for: your small business idea (like a babysitting company, lemonade stand, cookie baking business, or tutoring service), your group of friends, your neighborhood, a band you started with friends, your Club, or a new logo for My.Future.

You could start by sketching your logo ideas on paper, or you could jump straight into Vectr. Either way, keep your logo simple.
Hold a group “sketchstorm.” Have members draw at the same on a whiteboard or poster board. Ask them to draw things that represent their club. Then, as a group, look through the logo examples in Vectr’s article What Are Iconic Examples and How to Create One. Ask: What do you notice about the logos changed through the years? What do you think makes a good logo? Have members draw a simple logo to represent their club.

STEP 4
TIME: 20 MINUTES

Design a logo

Return to your computer. Open Vectr. Click on the “Use Online” button. Begin designing your logo in a new file. Use the skills you learned while completing the interactive lessons. If you need a refresher, you can access the lessons or tutorials by clicking on the “help” button (an “i” inside a circle) at the upper-right corner of the page.


When you are happy with your design, export it by clicking on the icon with a rectangle and an arrow pointing up; it is in the upper-right corner. You must change the file type to from svg to png using the drop-down menu on right side of the screen. Then click “Download.”

Upload the logo you created or share a photo of your favorite logo you sketched! 

Tell members to return to their computers, open Vectr, and click on the “Use Online” button. From there they can begin designing their club logos. As you circulate around the room, if youth need a refresher on any of the skills covered in the lessons, direct them to the  “help” button (an “i” inside a circle) at the upper-right corner of the page. It’s always a great idea to encourage members to use each other as resources, which promotes a supportive learning community.

 Module Completed?

Notify your staff that you've completed this activity!

Ready to share your project?

Upload your favorite project to be featured!

UPLOAD

Amazing Media Making Projects
)

Newsfeed

FILTER

VIEWING: FILTER



No Results Found...