After studying typography and imagery in Unit 2, the Outcome 2 task of Year 11 Visual Communication Design involved the students creating four different book covers for an existing well-known teen or adult fiction book. Students had to showcase four different genres from the following list: Horror, Fantasy, Romance, Mystery, Children, Fairytale, Science Fiction or Dystopian. The students came up with an array of different books to recreate including Little Women, Alice in Wonderland, Home, The Silent Patient, Coraline, Matilda, The Girl on the Train, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Hunger Games, The Lion King, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Romeo and Juliet, The Fault In Our Stars and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The students then utilised the design process they have used since Year 9 Graphics, to work though the design problem to create their final four book covers.

These book covers were then used in the Unit 2, Outcome 3 task. For this task, students had to design a logo for an online bookshop and several web pages, incorporating their book covers on one of the pages. This task involved using the terminology and design process found in the new Study Design for Visual Communication that will be taught in 2024.

This task gave the Year 11 students an insight into the Year 12 course, as students will have to produce two different presentation formats with two different purposes when they devise their own design problem for the folio in both Units 3 and 4. This was a much smaller project completed over five weeks whereas in Year 12, the folio normally covers at least four and a half months of work.

We hope you enjoy this glimpse into the vibrant world of visual storytelling and design.

Maree Smith
Design and Technology Teacher