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Graphic Design Overview

Skill Level Introductory

Introductory: Appropriate for students completely new to professional Desktop Publishing and Web Design

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Introductory: Appropriate for students completely new to professional Desktop Publishing and Web Design

This and all of our classes require these basic computer skills

Not required, but may be useful before taking this course:

$295 • one day (6 hours)
meets 9:30am–4:30pm

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Class Description

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Graphic Design Overview student

In this lively and engaging lecture-based class, we put aside computers and software as we study the essential fundamentals of compelling design—as well as how to apply these principles effectively. It's a perfect class for those without a design background—in this one day jump-start, you'll gain invaluable information and techniques from an expert who has spent decades working in the design field.

who should take this class?

what we cover—in detail

(always customized for the students in attendance)

Positive and Negative Space
How to define and recognize positive and negative space and use them effectively in your designs.
  • The various ways of relating two squares to each other
  • Learning how to see the space and create around elements, and why space is so important to design
  • Recognizing the different effects of figures relative to ground
  • Why direction is important
Scale and Proportion
Variations in scale and proportion, and their effects on design
  • Reinforcing size and space in a composition with multiple objects, how it creates movement
  • Typography as an elementary design element
  • Learning what is meant by balance and proportion in a design
  • Focus: how to purposefully guide your viewers using hierarchy, dominance and creating a clearly defined flow through your design
Contrast
Controlling focal point and spatial planes
  • Recognizing the role contrast plays in creating spacial relationships
  • Understanding how contrast is used to isolate a message and prioritize information
  • Creating impact and visual dominance of elements in a design
  • Learning to see typography as an area of interest on a page
Pattern and Texture
  • Exploring and understanding the role of texture and pattern in visual design
  • Understanding recognition of patterns and how they can support the design
  • Discovering the effects of creating a flow using a pattern
Color Theory.
  • Understand the subjective nature of color perception
  • Knowing the difference between color in printed materials and color on the computer screen
  • Understanding why colors are used and what the colors communicate in a design
Typography
  • Grasping typographic terminology
  • Decision-making for appropriate typographic choices for your audience
  • Examining how the meaning of a word can be dramatically—and purposefully—changed
  • Circumstances affecting the readability and tone of words
  • Exploring type as an Image: Letterforms as a graphic element
Fundamentals of Effective Layout Design
Assessing the relationship between words and visuals
  • Styles of layout
  • Planning your content
  • Tactics to deliberately guide the viewers
  • Set the tone and voice of the design
  • Keep viewers interested and engaged

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