Design / illustration / Typography / History / Storytelling / Design Thinking / Process / animated spaces / Motion / website design / UX/UI / Portfolio development / Branding / Logo Design / identity / Layout Design / Expressive design /

Not only do designers study cultural devices to communicate, designers are culture makers. We create artifacts that express humanity to make the world a better place.

This project was founded by Carrie A. Dyer in 2014, Design Educator, as a professional collaborative extension of the classroom for students. Distinguished Collaborating Educators include Janis Dougherty & Cory Gurley.

DIGITAL ART & DESIGN.

Topics: Image building / Visual Language development  / Vector building / Raster building / Design Thinking / Design Process /  Narrative Building / Storyboarding / books / Zines series / Digital Processes /  Personal Identity  /

Software Skills: Adobe Illustrator / Adobe Photoshop / Adobe InDesign /Adobe Acrobat

Sample Projects: Digital Systems & Methods  / Emotive Object   / Color Experiments / Zine Pack / Personal Identity /  Self-Portrait cube Package /

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a survey of digital and analog tools that explores micro to macro processes from the pixel to the grid, the elements and principles of design, and strategies that apply to innovative design spaces. It also investigates constructed spaces considering original imagery, image manipulation, time-based media, and illustration. Prerequisite: none. Four credits.

VISUAL LITERACY & THE DESIGN PROCESS.

Topics: Specialty Media / Focus on Design thinking / Design Process / Form & Meaning / Identity / Intro to identity / Branding / Intro to packaging /

Software Skills: Adobe Illustrator / Adobe Photoshop / Adobe InDesign /Adobe Acrobat /

Sample Projects: Form & Meaning Lab / Unity of opposites books [Rhythmic Lines] / Social Action Poster Series / Tea Identity, Packaging, & collateral / Museum Branding & collateral /

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course introduces the interaction of text, image, and the fundamental components of graphic design and visual communication. Students will learn and implement production processes, establish graphic design methodology using analog techniques, examine making processes on and off the computer, and solve design problems surrounding social responsibility. Secondary focus will be placed on creative brainstorming, conceptualizing ideas surrounding social responsibility, collaboration in groups, and prototyping design artifacts like printed booklets and posters.

Layout, Lettering & Typeforms.

Topics: Typography / Typographic Anatomy / Typographic Pairing / Typographic Systems / Layouts / Lettering / analog typeforms / Experimental Type / Type as Illustration / Typography & Form / Typography & Meaning /

Software Skills: Adobe Illustrator / Adobe Photoshop / Adobe InDesign / Adobe Acrobat /

Sample Projects: Typographic Anatomy /  Typographic Terms / Typographic Scavenger Hunt / Type Box [typographic postcards, Folding posters, small cards] / Soap Identity & Packaging / 20-40 page book /

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This class is an introduction to type as image, typographic organization, and hierarchy. In this course, students learn how to utilize typographic principles including typographic anatomy, classification, and contrast, to better transform visual information. Concepts include type and meaning, analog typeforms, type in the environment, typographic grids, type as illustration, typographic literacy, editorial design, and hand drawn letterforms.

Illustrated Spaces.

Topics: Digital Illustration / Analog Illustration / Conceptual Illustration /  Custom brushes / Illustration Techniques / Experimental Media / Game Design / Sequential arts

Software Skills: Adobe Illustrator / Adobe Photoshop / Adobe InDesign / Adobe Acrobat /

Sample Projects: Art Factory / Hybrid Creature / Imaginary environments / Game Design

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course explores the role of illustration methodologies in the world of contemporary graphic design. Students will experiment with a range of digital and analog techniques through problem-based assignments forming conceptually rich spaces. Students will interact with dimension and space as a form of illustration using tactile environments to consider media and message. Works developed in this course will include cultural, societal, and environmental contexts. Prerequisite: GDS1140. Visual Literacy & the Design Process. Four credits.

Advanced Typographic Spaces

Topics: Technical Typography / Advanced Typographic Experiments / Typographic Systems /  Identity /

Software Skills: Adobe Illustrator / Adobe Photoshop / Adobe InDesign / Adobe Acrobat /

Sample Projects: Poster Zines & Collateral, Magazine Cover & Layout design / Restaurant Identity, Menu, and Collateral,

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

GDS 2540. ADVANCED TYPOGRAPHIC SPACES. This class explores historical, contemporary, and dimensional typographic methods. Students create works that consider constructed cultural spaces, analysis of visual systems, and type as a dimensional form. Consideration is placed on the creation of a series of typographic artifacts utilizing original typographic forms and image making practices. Prerequisite: GDS 2140. Layout, Lettering, & Typeforms. Four credits.

History of Graphic Design

Topics: Typographic History / Graphic Design History

Software Skills: Adobe Illustrator / Adobe Photoshop / Adobe InDesign / Adobe Acrobat /

Sample Projects: Illumination / Zine based on historical movement / Papers / Tests / Discussions

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course explores the historical forces that have shaped social and cultural events surrounding field of graphic design. From prehistory to the digital age, visual communication has transformed with technical advancement and the evolution of the human condition. The History of Graphic Design considers different styles and periods and how these historical and contemporary happenings have shaped graphic design culture.

GDS 3140. Kinetic Environments.

Topics: Motion graphics / branding / brand books / storytelling /

Software Skills: Adobe After Effects / Adobe Illustrator / Adobe Photoshop / Adobe InDesign / Adobe Acrobat /

Sample Projects: Motion Experiments / 30 second spot / Film Festival identity collateral, 15-30 second spot, Brand Book /

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course embraces design experience from distinct graphic spaces. This class examines a series of interactions including sequential forms, package design, and installation based approaches. Students investigate characteristics of form, content, and context as they consider user, audience, and branded entities through a range of sequential graphic elements. Prerequisite: GDS 1140. GDS 2540. Advanced Typographic Spaces. Four credits.

GDS 3540. Interactive Environments.

Topics: Web Design / App design / UI/UX design / Wire-framing /  Navigation / Storytelling / User experience / Personas /

Software Skills: / Adobe XD / HTML / CSS / Adobe Illustrator / Adobe Photoshop / Adobe InDesign / Adobe Acrobat /

Sample Projects: Identity + App Design / Identity + Website design

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This class embraces interactive spaces as virtual environments connecting people across space and time and considers interaction, sound, and sequence to create dynamic interconnected spaces. This course is an introduction to the principles and elements of web design, UI/UX design, navigation, interactive elements, and sequential graphics using type and image. Students explore relationships between type on the screen, principles of user and experience, and web design as they apply to visual communication. Prerequisite: GDS 2540. Advanced Typographic Spaces. Four credits.

GDS 4140. Senior Projects 01.

Topics: Series / Body of Work / Passion Projects / Voice Visual Language /  Conceptual thinking & Contemporary design / Making a statement / Design Theory /  design as inquiry / Designers as author / Designer as artist /

Software Skills: Students Choice

Sample Projects: FIVE self driven works / 20 experiments / artist-design statement / portfolio Website research / online presence

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This is the first course in a two-part series taken fall and spring semesters of senior year. In this course, students compose professional creative documents including artist and design statements, a proposal describing their self driven body of work and surrounding conceptual ideas referencing their work. Students experiment with trajectories for their exhibit that will include a body of creative artwork for a gallery exhibition. Prerequisite: GDS 3140. Kinetic Environments. Two credits.

GDS 4240. Design Lab 01.

Topics: Working with clients / professional documents / business ideas / presenting work / pitching work /

Software Skills: / Adobe XD / HTML / CSS / Adobe Illustrator / Adobe Photoshop / Adobe InDesign / Adobe Acrobat /

Sample Projects: Personal Identity / website / Portfolio Development / Client Projects 1 /  Client Projects 2 / Client Projects 3 /

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This is the first course in a two-part series taken fall and spring semesters senior year. This course is an introduction to professional practices and client-based interactions. Students will work with non-profit clients to develop professional relationships and produce collaborative design work. Students develop strategies for promotional materials, professional documents, presentations, collaboration strategies, and meaningful relationships.

Senior Projects 02.

Topics: Series / Body of Work / Passion Projects / Voice Visual Language /  Conceptual thinking & Contemporary design / Making a statement / Design Theory /  design as inquiry / Designers as author / Designer as artist /

Software Skills: Students Choice

Sample Projects: FINAL BODY OF WORK FOR EXHIBITION / STATEMENT /

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This is the second course in a two-part series taken fall and spring semesters of senior year. In this class, students will create an original body of creative works for professional exhibition. Students will make pieces that connect with the contemporary world of art and design. Students will revise professional documents like artist statement, design statement, and resume. This course focuses on a capstone exhibition for the BFA, concentration in graphic design degree.

Design Lab 02.

Topics: Working with clients / professional documents / business ideas / presenting work / pitching work /

Software Skills: / Adobe XD / HTML / CSS / Adobe Illustrator / Adobe Photoshop / Adobe InDesign / Adobe Acrobat /

Sample Projects: Personal Identity / website / Portfolio Development / Client Projects 1 /  Client Projects 2 / Client Projects 3 /

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This is the second course in a two-part series taken fall and spring semesters of senior year. In Design Lab 02, students collaborate with non-profit clients in a mentored environment embracing team-oriented graphic spaces. Students produce professional documents, consider theoretical readings, and create sophisticated portfolios. This course is the second class in a two-part series. Within this class, students learn key competencies that reinforce best practices in the field.

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This project was founded by Carrie A. Dyer in 2014, Design Educator, as a professional collaborative extension of the classroom for students. Distinguished Collaborating Educators include Janis Dougherty & Cory Gurley.