Introduction to Graphic Design
Graphic design is more than throwing together clip art and different fonts and colors. It is creative problem solving through design thinking. Graphic designers work to take the confines of societal acceptability and make it a beautiful part of our every day visual landscape with the intention of influencing individual and group behavior, political policy, and even society.
PLEASE NOTE: We will not use any special programs. This class is not digital design, but rather an elemental design course that starts at the very basics of creative thinking, basic drawing, and compositional design.
In this class we will explore the design process at its most basic level to solve design problems through visual communication. Students will:
- Use thumbnail drawings to create a variety of ideas
- Through classroom interaction, students will determine which of their ideas are the best
- Make roughs
- Make a final comp
Each week, students will move through a multi-step design process by using the visual elements of design to create a meaningful 2D design with abstract images. Homework will include creating multiple thumbnail drawings, roughs, and a final composition that will be posted within the classroom, as well as active classroom engagement through critique. Final compositions will be presented each week prior to the week’s lecture with student critiques as to whether it solved the design problem.
This class adheres to strict homework deadlines and relies heavily on active classroom engagement. Weekly class schedule is as follows:
Day 1 – Class meets live. Class lecture, review of final comps (weeks 2-4), and discussion of upcoming homework assignments. We may have time at the end of class to begin homework so students can get assistance and inspiration as necessary.
Day 3 – Thumbnails are due to be posted in the classroom. Thumbnails should be posted prior to the time class begins for each student on Day 1. (For example, if class meets at 7 a.m. on Day 1, then homework is due to be posted in the classroom by 7 a.m. on Days 3, 5, and 7.)
Day 3-4 – All students should critique each of their classmates’ work in the classroom. Directed critiques should be posted with “@[Student’s name] -” I will be available live online on day 3 during set hours that will be posted in the classroom for any students that wish to have homework discussions. No student can move forward with their work without critiques.
Day 5 – Roughs are due to be posted in the classroom prior to the time class begins for each student on Day 1.
Day 5-6 – All students should critique each of their classmates’ work in the classroom. Directed critiques should be posted with “@[Student’s name] -” I will be available live online on day 5 during set hours that will be posted in the classroom for any students that wish to have homework discussions. No student can move forward with their work without critiques.
LOOKING FOR HIGH SCHOOL ART CREDITS? Graphic Design Visual Communications is a great way to earn art credits for high school. I will provide a written assessment of student’s performance in class that is based on class participation, timeliness of submissions, and overall work. Please contact me in advance.