MYP3 unit planner
Unit title My-Cons: Designing my identity icon
Teacher Veronica Mendoza
Subject and grade level MYP 3
Time frame and duration From January 31st. to March 7th. 2011
Stage 1: Integrate significant concept, area of interaction and unit question
Area of interaction focus Significant concept(s)
Which area of interaction will be our focus? What are the big ideas? What do we want our
Why have we chosen this? students to retain for years into the future?
Human Ingenuity Communication through symbols and icons is
all around us.
How can I express myself with the use of
technology? Interpretation and construction of symbols
and icons is an essential 21 century skill.
MYP unit question
How can we accurately express who we are
through digital symbols?
What task(s) will allow students the opportunity to respond to the unit question?
Tasks to respond to the question & demonstrate evidence of understanding:
design and create a personal icon to express their identity through digital symbols, using vector digital
illustration software (InkScape)
keep evidence of all the work and process made in their Design Cycle folder
We live in a visual literate society where we read symbols and icons every day in signage, media, and advertising.
STUDENT’S NAME: Madison Bell
Complete the information for each stage (Individual activity)
When you complete the information, save the file with the following name: name_
Term2_Project1.docx (example: veronicamendoza_Term2_Project1.docx)
Upload the file in the page “Term2 Design Cycle folder” in Ms. Veronica wiki tech
What is the problem? How is this problem relevant to Technology? Why is
important in life?
During the course of this project, I want to create a personal logo using symbols, images
and color in order to accurately express who I am. To do this I am going to use the design
Questions to research about the problem.
1. Who am I? (add your self-analysis from “Activity:Part1”)
a. What is my story?
I was born in Montreal, Canada were I wanted to be a scientist, I played a lot
of sports and was extremely artistic. I went to French school but I spoke
English as well. When I was 3 I started to ski, which made me a skilled
skier/snowboarder. I was part of a middle class family, our house was old and
big. When I was about 6 it started to fall apart. We found mold in the attic
and basement and we had to do major renovation. My dad worked for gildan as
a sales man, until one day when I was 8 he got an offer to move to Barbados.
We accepted because most of my friends had already moved away and it had
become very boring.
When I first came to Barbados I was sent to St.Gabriels school, where I
struggled with the math and english. Many of the boys in St.gabriels were
very obnoxious and teased me about my inability to read or write in English. I
became very shy. Instead of playing sports with the other kids, I would sit on
the patio of the classroom and draw cartoons. Eventually, I grew a reputation
and people would come to see what I was drawing. I had some bad moments at
st.gabriels were I was bullied. After a year at St.Gabriels my parents decided
I should switch schools, in order to advoid the 11+ exam.
My parents looked at a couple schools, but codrington stood out to both them
and me. They had small classes so that each individual student could get
attention. I needed this because my math skills were seriously
underdeveloped. At the time, Ms. Silvia Johnson was stepping down from her
position as principle, and was being replaced by Mr.Dennison Makinon.
Mr.Dennis had big ideas for the school.
At codrington I was small compared to most of the kids and they bullied me. I
became very emotional and threw angry fits whenever I got upset. The
teacher had no control over us even though she was nice. I would do anything
for the approval of the class. I became very sad. I started listening to more
music because it calmed me down. Because I wasn’t doing sports I got weaker.
I also picked up drumming. I enjoyed drumming because my instructor seemed
really pleased with my progress. It was one of the only things, other than art,
that I was good at.
Since then, my confidence has increased and my love of music, drumming and
art has become a huge influence on my attitude and personality. I am the
“music man”. I have formed a band which helped my social confidence. I surf,
golf, fence, play basketball and skate now because I
b. What are my expectations?
-To become an accomplished artist, who sells his work
-To live a carefree life
-To help others
-To be healthy
-to have at least 3 friends
-to do averagely in school
c. What is my purpose?
My purpose is to share my unique view on the world with others and encourage
creative expression and individuality in the community. As well as to help
those who require assistance
d. What is my destination?
A designer, famous drummer, builder, filmer or art teacher
e. What is my path?
Having identified your purpose and your destination, there must be a way to
get there. “Path” has been adopted as a spiritual term, but in fact everyone,
spiritual or not, follows certain ways to get where they want to go.
I must continue to hone my creative ability and maintain as many friends as I
can in order to maintain a healthy diverse perspective on life .
f. What are my strengths?
Creativity, Enginuety, enthusiasm, social skills, artistic ability
g. What are my weaknesses?
Procrastination, tiredness, lazyness, unorganisationalness, parents and school
2. What is a personal/commercial logo? (add your logo analysis from “Activity:Part2”)
A logo is a symbol or word that is used to represent a group or individual. It should
be simple, relative and comprehensible
3. How graphic designers start their work on logos? (Add your logo analysis from
They begin by creating a list of the key traits which the company or individual would
like to represent. Then, they begin to sketch a variety of different logos. In the
early stages of this process, all ideas should be jotted down. Then after 20 or more
logo’s the designer should begin to combine and delete ideas depending on their
relevance to the criteria given by the group or individual. When the majority of the
logos have been erased, the designer should then pick the design which he believes
has the most relevance to his audience.
4. List at least 3 reliable resources (magazines, books, e-books, online databases,
experts, manuals, online tutorials) that you used to answer your questions.
Remember to cite the sources in a proper way
(this can help: http://www.easybib.com/)
“Madison John Bell”, Top Rock House, Graham Hall, Christ Church, Barbados, Earth, 437-9653
"Database (computer Science) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia." Encyclopedia - Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Web. 20
Jan. 2011. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/152195/database>.
"Computer Literacy Homepage." University of Minnesota Duluth Welcomes You. Web. 20 Jan. 2011.
Inkscape. Draw Freely. Web. 20 Jan. 2011. <http://inkscape.org/>.
1. List at least 3 Essential and 3 Desirable characteristics of your final solution:
ESSENTIAL (My solution must)- DESIRABLE (I hope my solution will)-
be ready by March 7 , 2011 Be visually Appealing
represent who I am Be memorable
be created by using at least 10 In a jpg or Mpg format
different Inkscape tools.
2. Your Design Solution & Specifications: How do you plan on solving this challenge?
Begin with the words: “I am going to design and make…” Include the purpose, who it’s
for, where it is, and any additional details you think are important to communicate. This
needs to include specifications and requirements.
I am going to design and make a personal logo for myself which will represent who
I am as person in a visually appealing, memorable way. It has to creatively reflect
my mindframe, hobbies, goals in life, skills, etc. I will create this logo using the
illustration program Inkscape. I have to use 10 or more Inscape tools.
3. Design and explain a test you will use in order to evaluate your finished product
based on your Design Brief & Specifications.
Test (DO NOT TURN THE PAGE)
What are the 10 inkspace tools you used in your project?
Personal Logo Goes here 2-
Does my logo properly represent who I am?
Is it memorable and visually appealing?
Question 1- Circle the logo which you think properly represents me as a person?
Question 2- What are 4 words you would use to describe me?
Based on your answer to question 2, do you think my logo properly represents me as a
person? (scale 1-10)
What traits do you think I was trying to portrait in my personal logo?
Design the product/solution:
Add your 30 sketches here: Here are a few of the sketches I did during the planning
Choose your 2 favorite designs and add details:
Materials Sketches (with measurements) Pros and Cons
(explain your idea in Pro (Advantages)
detail and the material 1. Its memorable and
you are planning to
Idea 1: Logo #1 2. It reflects my
composses mainly of creativity, positive
a wood paintbrush attitude and interest in
handle. The brush part art
of the paintbrush is
replaced with my
name. The paintbrush Con (Disadvantages)
leaves behind a 1. It lacks several
multicloured trail. In other traits
order to create this
logo I will need to use 2. It lacks character
the smoothing tool,
the paintbucket tool,
the line tool, the
gradient/fill tool, the
square, circle and star
tools, the spray can
tool and the select
tool on inkscape.
explain your idea in Add your sketch here Pro (Advantages)
detail and the material 1.
you are planning to
Idea 2: Con (Disadvantages)
Select one design and explain why and how that solution meets the specifications.
I pick the second solution because I think it better reflects me as a
person. It is also visually appealing and memorable.
Plan the product/solution:
Lists in detail the logical steps necessary to complete your design considering time and
Steps Resources Time (hrs.)
Use appropriate techniques and equipment competently
follow the plan
Create a product/solution of appropriate quality
Add photos of your product here (at least 8 photos). Take
photos at the beginning and the end of each work session.
Answer all the questions below in as much detail as you can. You are being assessed on your ability
to reflect upon the entire design cycle and your participation and experience in the group invention
Evaluate the product/solution
1.Take a look at the specifications that you wrote in the Investigate stage. Evaluate what your actual
product/solution looks like now by comparing it to your original drawings & plans.
1. Are you happy with the outcome? Explain in detail
2. Did anything change? What changed? Why did it change?
3. Was something left out from the original plan? Why?
4. Is there anything you would change about your final product (invention) if you had more
time or could rewind and do things over? What and why?
2. Apply the test defined in the “Investigate stage” and write the results here:
Evaluate your use of the design cycle
1. Explain how you did during each stage of the Design cycle. (Apply deep
analysis and reflection)
2.What are 5 things you learned from this project?
3.How would you rate your performance and involvement?
Rarely Sometimes Often Always
I participated fully and contributed to each step of the design cycle
INVESTIGATE: Brainstorming Ideas; Asking Questions; Writing
the Design Brief
DESIGN: Sketching /Drawing out ideas; All according to Design
PLAN: Specifying & preparing materials & tools; Identifying Steps
CREATE: Working diligently; Use tools appropriately.
EVALUATE: Identify parts that need improvement; Come up with
solutions to change, make better.
I used my time wisely in class. I did not need reminders from the teacher to
get to work.
I worked cooperatively, helped, communicated and offered ideas and
I worked safely & responsibly with tools provided, following instructions.
I gave the best effort I am capable of in each class.