It will be... a 12-panel story about potatoes!
Project brief: The Idaho Potato Commission has approached us as a class because they heard we were studying potatoes, and they're interested in finding new ways to drum up public interest in potatoes, and how to appeal to different generations of possible potato lovers at once.
Our first assignment is to develop an exploratory 12-panel story about potatoes. The idea is to create a series of 12 consistent images that work together as a story. The story, the images, and story format will be up to you. Formats that worked well last time with apples included a postcard collection/campaign, a poster campaign, a magazine ad campaign, a cookbook, a children's book, a 2-page comic book panel, or a 12-panel storyboard for a 30-second commercial. These are just suggestions, feel free to use another format not on this list. This is your opportunity to create the kind of project you'd like to do to showcase your strengths and interests as a designer, the only stipulation being that it has to be about potatoes and for the Idaho Potato Commission.
As you're watching the film on potatoes, take notes on what you find interesting. Think about 3 different stories you'd like to tell / show / develop. Think about what you've learned about the potato as an object, a living thing, and as an object of history and culture.
Think about everything we've learned about the potato so far, and pick 3 elements that interest you to explore and expand on. Do additional research if necessary. Find similar stories or histories [about potatoes or otherwise] that have been told/shown before that are similar to the ones you're interested in telling.
For homework [due Monday 5/3], you'll be creating an 11 x 17 mood board for your three different ideas, including at least a paragraph [at least 5 sentences] of copy on each that you write yourself. Show us similar stories to your own and the way they've been depicted. Show us additional research on your particular story, be it written or visual. Give us a list of potential format[s] that you feel would work well for your story/history.
Be prepared to give a 2 minute presentation on each story/moodboard to the class on Monday, 5/3.
Homework due on Monday, 5/3:
1. Three printed 11x17 moodboards for three different potential 12-panel stories about potatoes. For each moodboard/story:
a. include at least a paragraph [at least 5 sentences] of copy on each that you write yourself.
b. include similar stories/histories to your own and the way they've been depicted.
c. include additional research on your particular story, be it written or visual.
d. include a list of potential format[s] that you feel would work well for your story/history.
2. Upload all three moodboards to your personal Flickr page and the group Flickr page in a set called "225.08 - research."