When I was in Freshman Studio in college, we started with the most basic assignments in their attempt to teach us design. The first ones were "take a board of x by y dimensions, and then use a circles, b rectangles, c strips etc and arrange them into something interesting, so long as it's not symmetrical." Or something like that. I don't remember the exact assignment of this one, but it was always my favorite. Something about my choice of colors, and how they work well in my eye together, as well as placement on the board, and a few other things. It's not much, but I don't care - I always liked it.
It's a completely black board. You have to remember that in 1999 we didn't have much method for digitizing these things, so I think it was a low-res camera in a non-quite-photo-quality studio. Oh well.