Timothy Samara, Drawing for Graphic Design
“In some sense, every stage of the creative process is one of exploration, so it’s important to really understand what it means: investigating, without preconception, as thoroughly and objectively as possible.”
Object Identity project
- Computer Skills for Designers
- Illustrator Primer
- Digital Images: vector vs raster
- Photoshop+Illustrator Texture Techniques
- Generic instructions for mounting designboards
- Lynda.com tutorials: Adv Photoshop
- Lindauer, Experimental Design, selected pages.
- Samara, “From Pencil to Mouse and Beyond,” pp. 102 – 37.
- Big Think, “Dave Evans on Ways of Thinking and Prototyping.”
- Through Process, “There’s No Easy Answers,” clip from Ep 12.
Urban Composites project
- Micheal Bierut, The Genius of the London Tube Map.
- Optional: Corner, “The Agency of Mapping.”
- PS Brushes: Kyle Webster Brushes
- Lynda.com tutorials: Photoshop
- Lynda.com tutorials: Adv Photoshop
Process Book project
Writing and Presentations
For each project, we’ll be writing a short 250 – 300 word project statement, and then presenting your work and process to the class. Your goal for the statements is to write interesting content and explanations of your work that you will later put in your process books.
These readings are to prime you on getting started writing and then how to take your writing from Lamott’s “shitty first draft” to a finished piece of design writing. In class, we’ll be talking specifically about project statements, what those need to be, and how (and why) to write as a designer.
This class is an introduction to the digital tools and processes used in graphic design. Emphasis is placed on learning to use the computer as a means of producing print graphics and integrating your design knowledge with software tools.
Update: a 28 page template is now available. Use the attached InDesign files as templates for your printerspreads. Follow the instructions in the document, and you can ask me for further clarification. 20, 24, and 28 page versions are included. If you aren’t using the latest version of InDesign, download the IDML instead. The cutting guide …
Technology and Technique Technology is removing the separation between creative disciplines, and this allows you to create more work that is relevant, exciting, adaptive, and provocative. Where technology is knocking down the arbitrary and traditional divisions in creative work, you will have more disciplines accessible to you. But first, a starting point. Practicing design principles is …
This website serves to provide you with class materials and occasional reminders throughout the semester. Take a moment to review the course requirements. This is a fast-paced class that assumes existing knowledge of design principals, so you must be enrolled in Intermediate Graphic Design or have already completed it. Additionally, you will need a laptop and the Adobe …
References, Tutorials, Tips + Tricks
- Digital Foundations, online textbook for Adobe CS.
- Lynda.com via the Houston Public Library
- How to Solve Problems like a Designer | Vox, 2017.
- Great Design Is Serious, Not Solemn | Paula Scher, TED, 2008.
- The Hilarious Art of Book Design | Chip Kidd, TED, 2012.
- Where Good Ideas Come | Steven Johnson, 2010.
- How Great Leaders Inspire Action | Simon Sinek, TED, 2009.
- How to Speak so that People Want to Listen | Julian Treasure, TED, 2014.
- 3 Tips to Boost Your Confidence | TED-Ed, 2015.
Aesthetics + Composition
- Color for Design and Art | Jim Krause, Lynda.com, 2016.
- What Is ~A E S T H E T I C~ Experience? | Mike Rugnetta, Idea Channel, 2016.
- How Does Glitchy Art Show Us Broken Is Beautiful? | Mike Rugnetta, Idea Channel, 2013.