The Greensboro Comicon and North Carolina A&T State University have teamed together to create super heroes for the Black Heroes Matter Initiative. Including a focus on community engagement, the Graphic Design Technology Department’s GCS 342 class had as its first project this semester the creation of these heroes.
Housed in the College of Science and Technology, GCS 342 is the Image Editing and Illustration Class. This class has projects that require critical thinking, software skills, and presentations. The software the students used is the Adobe software, Photoshop and Illustrator. The graphics students designed the heroes in Illustrator and then developed them in Photoshop to give the characters depth.
The class was given a design brief and a scoring rubric, and they did research on super heroes. They had to research eight heroes and discuss what they liked and disliked. The students’ next step was to complete ten thumbnails (quick sketches). One layout was selected and turned into a digital rough to be revised until the final was complete. The students were asked to develop a hero and define the powers and a back story. The final was laid out on an 11” x 17” document. The last step of the project was to reflect back on the design process and write a brief report on successes and challenges students faced in doing the project.
The posters were recently displayed at Greensboro Comicon’s September exposition.
In 2015, North Carolina A&T State University was named to the Carnegie Foundation’s classification for Community Engagement. In that spirit, two other Eckstein classes regularly focus on community engagement. GCS 442 helps local small businesses design marketing layouts, GCS 421 creates books for Joyner Elementary School and GCS 342 has made reading and respect posters for Joyner Elementary School.
Check out some of the awesome submissions below!