The purpose of this project is to demonstrate your understanding of the following course concepts:
1. Effectively apply relevant theories, practices, and principles when designing and developing works of digital media.

Project Description
This project requires you to research a theory to topic related to digital media design and report on it in the form of an electronic presentation.
Project 4 consists of:
1. Project Requirements (topics and content to cover)
2. Presentation Requirements (content organization)
3. Submission Requirements (how to submit your assignment)
4. Presentation Resources
5. Due Date Information and Late Policy

Project Requirements
Select a topic from the LIST of topics below. CREATE A PRESENTATION (using a professional presentation application such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Prezi, or Apple Keynote for the Mac) highlighting the information you found.

NOTE 1: You are required to complete ALL THREE SECTIONS of this project (Sections 1, 2, and 3).

The topics below are a combination of theories or principles that govern the design print, web, motion design, or animation. Some topics apply to specific areas (e.g. Squash and Stretch, Anticipation, Exaggeration, Slow In and Slow Out, and Secondary Action, which are animation principles).

Visual HierarchyBalanceEmphasisMovementProportionRepetitionUnityContinuationWhite SpaceContrastRhythmAlignmentProximity
Rule of Thirds
Grid SystemThe Golden RatioPattern
Gestalt Theory
Focal Point
Color Theory
Common FateSimilarity
Squash and Stretch
Figure and GroundAnticipation
Slow In and Slow Out
Secondary Action

Section 1 Source: Include at least one source for Section 1 in your presentation. Include this source as an in-slide citation and on your References slide(s).

Provide the viewer with an understanding of the topic.
1. Describe the topic.
2. What are the origins/history of the topic?
3. How does the topic apply to print, web, motion design, or animation (select one area)?

Provide 4 examples of the topic used in the real world.
For example: If you selected Grid System as your topic, include four real-world examples of designs that include Grid Systems.
1. Describe the four examples and discuss why they are good examples of the topic.
2. Use an image, motion graphic, or animation to illustrate each of the four examples.

Presentation Requirements
Your presentation must include the following slides and sections:

Item 1: Title Slide
Your Title Slide should contain the following:

  • Project Name
  • Your Name
  • Instructor’s Name
  • Course name and section number

Item 2: Definition (Section 1)
Item 3: Description of the Topic (Section 2)
Item 4: Illustration of the Topic (Section 3)
Item 5: Summary Slide
Item 6: Question Slide (this is where the audience is invited to ask questions). You will only need to include a “Title Only” slide.
Item 7: References Slide(s) (Your References MUST be in APA format)!

Minimum of 10 slides; Maximum of 15 slides.
(Title and Reference slides do not count toward the total slide count).
NOTE 2: Going over 10 slides is fine, but if you are under 10 you will be penalized 10% (one letter grade) for every 2 slides you are under the 10-slide minimum.
a. Keep it Simple: Slides must be easy to read and uncluttered. Keep in mind the 7 x 7 rule with presentation software, which effectively states no more than 7 words per bullet and 7 bullets per slide.
b. Images: Pictures and images should be used sparingly to avoid distraction from the main contents. Include at least one table, graph, or image of an appropriate size that is relevant and supports the information provided in your paper. Feel free to create the image if you like, but it must be professional.
c. Fonts: Make sure you use Visual Hierarchy when designing your slides (an example would be Using a 36-point font for your slide title, 28-point font for main points, and 24-point font for secondary points).
d. Footer: Include the slide number, title of your presentation, and your name in the footer (except on title slide).
e. Background: Appropriate for the presentation. Use creativity here, but your background color or design must not detract from the readability of the slides. A bad example would be using dark text against a dark background. Make sure the background and font colors are a good contrast.
f. Contrast: Appropriate Foreground-Background Segregation (use dark text against a light background or white or light colored text against a dark background. This creates contrast.
Add “Narration” to each and every Slide in your presentation.
Present your presentation as if you were giving it to a LIVE AUDIENCE. In addition to designing each slide, provide the transcript of the words you would actually say, word-for-word while each slide is being displayed. 
Adding Narration
You can accomplish this in several ways, including:
a. Adding Text Narration to the Notes Section of each slide, OR
b. Adding Voice Narration to each slide (Export the Narration as a .MOV file).
Include at least Six (6) Sources (Total)
a. Include at least Two (2) Sources for Section 1.
b. Include at least Two (2) Sources for Section 2.
c. Include at least Two (2) Sources for Section 3.
Clarification: Please do not use unprofessional sources such as Wikipedia,,,,, or anything remotely similar.  Examples of scholarly sources include textbooks, articles, academic journals, and conference proceedings. Scholarly resources are written by experts in their fields, grounded in research, and often refereed (reviewed and edited by researchers in the field). Examples of professional sources include: trade journals or magazines. Professional sources are written for a specific audience that works in certain field. They are not research-based. You can also use our course content (e.g. Read & Watch resources) as a source as well.  UMGC has a top-notch, extensive online library. You can find many scholarly and professional sources there.

Presentation Resources
The following optional resources may be helpful in completing this project:
1. Life After Death by PowerPoint (YouTube video | 3 mins | Automatic Closed Captioning).
This YouTube video provides great tips sprinkled in with humor! 🙂
2. PowerPoint Tutorial: Recording and Exporting Videos (YouTube video | 5 mins | Auto-generated Closed Captioning).
3. Gestalt Principles | Basics for Beginners (YouTube video | 17:20 mins | Auto-generated Closed Captioning).

Submission Requirements
Please submit the following to your Assignments Folder in our CMST 295 LEO Classroom by the specified due date:
1. The completed presentation (PowerPoint .PPT or .PPTX, or Keynote project file) or a link to your online Prezi presentation.
2. Any images used in your presentation.
3. A PDF version of your PowerPoint or Keynote presentation (Depending on the version you use [Prezi Classic or Next], Prezi may not allow you to export a PDF file).