Graphic Design Class
How to Visually Communicate a Message
This semester we will work on some great projects using Photoshop, Illustrator, & InDesign.
Above are Links to Adobe Tutorials for Each Program
"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."
Week 1: September 4-6, 2019
3 THINGS DUE AT THE END OF THE WEEK:
SYLLABUS SIGNED, ONLINE SURVEY, LIST OF 3 DESIGNERS TO FOLLOW AND WHY
What does a Graphic Designer do?
Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and reports.
If you are registered for this class, please know that you must have experience using one or more of the following programs: Photoshop, Illustrator, and/or InDesign. The projects we will do will sometimes call for using all three programs!
This is a project-based class. You will be tackling design tasks that professionals do every day.
You can access the curriculum plan HERE
- Lab Rules
- No food EVER near the computers. If you must eat, then eat in the space provided next to the wide-format printer. Clean-up after yourself.
- Absolutely NO chips, Cheetohs, Doritos, or any nasty-orange dust covered snacks. NEVER.
- NO GUM.
- NO PHONES under any circumstances. You have enough technology on the computers to challenge and occupy your mind - do not waste it on texting. If I see a phone out, you MUST surrender it to me. No negotiations, no excuses. I have heard every excuse possible. Failure to comply with this rule results in serious consequences.
- The Design Process
- Do NOT become attached to your first idea. You need to explore many ideas in order to find the best solution to a problem. Designers ALWAYS do thumbnail sketches to quickly get ideas down on paper.
The Importance of Thumbnail Sketches
Preparing Final Art
- There are many steps before completion of the final art, but just so you can see what you will eventually be doing, watch below.
DAY 1 Activity
- One of the key skills all designers must develop is a sensitivity to and awareness of the activity in the larger design community. Find and follow at least 3 designers (via Behance, Instagram, or Pinterest) who you find inspiring. Using whatever word processing program you wish, write their names, website addresses, and why you picked them.
Week 2: September 9-13, 2019
- A brief list of careers in
graphic design includes:
- Advertising (promotional) design
- book design
- book jacket design
- brand and identity design
- corporate communication design
- editorial design
- interactive (experience) design
- information design
- motion design
- package design
- publication design
- retail design
- wayfinding design
- AIGA "Types of Design Practice" with Different careers briefly explained. Excellent.
- SEE a more comprehensive list HERE
Beyond these more traditional roles, designers are finding their creative problem solving and communication skills in demand in a growing list of industries, including government and public policy, insurance, health care, architecture, environmental services, and engineering. Graphic design is a competitive and ever-evolving profession that offers an expanding and rewarding number of career paths to the curious, determined, and hard working.