The Human Condition

The Human Condition


Project Learning Outcome Goals:

  • Justify purposeful choices in the creation of work
  • Create meaningful works of art that demonstrate expressive features and perspective
  • Evaluate how art communicates perspective


This project will focus on visually communicating an idea rather than completing a task or skill. Understanding the challenge (stage 1) will push you further than previous project. 

You goal or Quest is to Explore and Demonstrate and Create an understanding of what "The Human Condition" is?


Remember: All Epic Design Quests require documentation of your design process. Be sure you are very familiar with the design process before beginning any Epic Quest as each stage must be documented.


To begin exploring deeper please continue on to stage two.



ALWAYS read the entire quest before beginning to ensure you understand all requirements. Remember the process is worth at least half of the project grade. 


Create your new project page titled THE HUMAN CONDITIONNow copy and paste the following as you will need to complete and document these 7 steps on the your design process:

  1. Understand the Problem
  2. Research and Investigate
  3. Generate Possible Solutions
  4. Select AND DEVELOP Best Solution 
  5. Model and Prototype (Create)
  6. Test and Evaluate
  7. Produce


  • Research and develop an understanding of what The Human Condition is.
  • Produce two images on film that communicate your statement of what the human condition can say about a person, people, or moment.
  • Document your problem solving process through all stages
  • Explore and demonstrate at least one NEW digital skill (It is not required that you use the skill in your final solution)
  • AND How have you used your photographic skills to draw out the emotional impact of the image?





1. Consider what the goal of your photo is: this is likely done through research as you need to show an understanding of what The Human Condition is.

  • What is The Human Condition. (these google slides will introduce you to The Human Condition)
  • What will be your greatest challenges of this project?
  • What is your goal in this project?
  • Document your thoughts.

     Design Process STAGE 2: Research and Investigate

Always record every resource you use as a link that open in a new window/tab.

2. Research "The Human Condition" and how photographers have used it for inspiration?

  • Researched your purpose.
  • Research Photographers and their photos
  • What techniques can be used to enhance human emotion in a photo.

My Diigo resource links for The Human Condition.

     Design Process STAGE 3: Generate Possible Solutions

3. Brainstorm ideas (lots of them) -- Show your brainstorming as idea webs, clouds, lists, found imagery, small sketches of elements (at least 25 ideas, words, elements required) These are original ideas not just copied from other photographer unless you are developing an idea "further"

  • Brainstorm - concepts (what you photo might show, say, or communicate)
  • Brainstorm - style, techniques, or even a medium you could use
  • Brainstorm - colors, objects, patterns, images, or stories that could make a connection to your idea

4. Begin sketching thumbnail ideas for more detailed composition. (location, time, props, light, your plans)

  • Sketch at least 3 completely different plans in your sketchbook.
  • Thumbnail sketches should be about 4" sketches in sketchbook
  • Plans should be ORIGINAL though inspired!
  • Consider possible consideration even if just in notes.
  • Keep your Goals and Learning Outcomes in Mind


     Design Process STAGE 4: Select and Develop Best Solution

5. Select the best solution

  • Why did you have chose it
  • detail your plans BEFORE you shoot
  • Consider Depth of Field and Motion
  • How you light, space, light (value) impact your solutions


      Design Process STAGE 5: Model and Prototype (Create)

6. Begin production of your design

  • REQUIREMENT: Final images should be at least 2700 pixels wide or tall (max of 10000 pixels)
  • TECHNICAL: Practice, develop or refine new skills you are exploring.
  • CRAFT: Remember Craftmanship matters. It shows you care!
  • ORIGINALITY: All images must be original and follow copyright laws
  • DOCUMENTATION: Remember to take in-progress screenshots for you project page


     Design Process STAGE 6: Test and Evaluate

7. Self-reflect on your image before you decide it is complete

  • self-reflect and carefully evaluate what you can do better
  • Ask others for their opinions and document the suggestions whether you agree with them or not.
  • Refine or develop elements of the design that can be improved
  • Consider asking the Captain for a brief In-Progress Critique


     Design Process STAGE 7: Produce

8. Turn in the final .JPG and Print

  • Turn in final images
  • Include final photos AT TOP of project page
  • Finalize Project Page with full self-reflection
    • How could you improve? (skills, effort, planning, time management, craft, exploration, research)
    • successes
    • struggles
    • improvements
    • what you learned
  • Fill out self-evaluation  sheet



COMPLETE: You need a fully finished project page included all scanned sketchbook work with captions. Turn your your finished artwork to the Captain's Server. Finally Paste the URL to your project page below and you may then click complete.

Great Work Design Agent.

Amazing work, Visitor.

Be Proud.

Go hang the finished piece on the Critique wall at the front of the classroom. Other's need to see what you have accomplished.

MASTERY: To earn your mastery...


  • Matte or mount your Photos (If its larger than 8.5 x 11 it will need to be matted or spray mounted. ask the Captain)
  • Have it selected for display in the hall


...Then you may claim the final stage

You are a truly special talent, Visitor!

We have big plans for you!!

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