Graphic Design Course Outline


Below is a table of contents for the Graphic Design course.

Graphic Design
Getting started
Context
Objectives
Prerequisites
Detailed content outline
Deliverables
Computing requirements
Communications
Project 1: Introduce yourself
Notes: Introducing visual design
Visual language
Visual vocabulary
Visual grammar
Visual design constructs
Visual design process
Deliverable: Introduce yourself
Project 2: Design a report cover
Notes: Graphic attributes
What are graphic attributes?
Size
Shape
Texture
Viewpoint
Depth
Dynamics
Style
Tutorial
Quiz
Readings
Notes: Color
What is color?
Color schemes
Color physiology
Color psychology
Computer color
Tutorial
Quiz
Exercise
Readings
Notes: Typography attributes
What is typography?
Typography anatomy
How to use typography
How to use Web typography
Quiz
Exercise
Readings
Notes: About visual grammar guidelines
Notes: Contrast guideline
What is the contrast guideline?
How to use contrast
What to avoid when using contrast
Example: Page contrast
Example: Visual contrast
Example: Tool palettes
Example: Contrasting Web sites
Example: Playing with contrast
Quiz
Tutorial
Exercise
Readings
Notes: Repetition guideline
What is the repetition guideline?
How to use repetition
What to avoid when using repetition
Example: Olympic symbols
Example: Icons using repetition
Example: Icons not using repetition
Quiz
Tutorial
Exercise
Readings
Notes: Alignment guideline
What is the alignment guideline?
How to use alignment
What to avoid when using alignment
Example: Page layout and grids
Example: Web alignment
Example: Another Web alignment
Example: Web grid system
Example: Desktop grid system
Example: Another desktop grid system
Example: Layout program
Quiz
Tutorial
Exercise
Readings
Notes: Proximity guideline
How to create proximity
Page layout proximity
Computer screen proximity
Things to avoid
Example: Good use of proximity
Example: Poor use of proximity
Quiz
Exercise
Readings
Notes: Guideline tradeoff tutorial
Let’s begin with a bad design
Identify the information elements
Proximity change
Alignment change
Contrast change
Alignment change
Contrast alternatives with the logo
Deliverable: Design a report cover
Project 3: Page layouts, tables, charts, simplified drawings
Notes: Page layouts
What are page layouts?
How to create page layouts
Determining the document type
Identify recurring page layouts
Develop a grid structure for recurring pages
One-column grid format
One-column grid format specifications
Two-column grid format
Two-column grid format specifications
Three-column grid format
Three-column grid format specifications
Develop a visual hierarchy for repeating pages
Develop a visual hierarchy for recurring page elements
Using paragraphs
Using titles and headings
Using bulleted lists
Using numbered lists
Using checkmark lists
Using glossary lists
Using indented lists
Using visuals
Using white space
Using color
Using line rules
Using shading
Quiz
Page layout tutorial #1
Page layout tutorial #2
Exercise
Readings
Notes: Tables
What are tables?
When to use tables
How to design tables
Tutorial
Exercise
Readings
Notes: Graphs and charts
What are graphs and charts?
When to use graphs
How to design graphs
Types of charts
Tutorial
Exercise
Readings
Notes: Simplified drawings
What are simplified drawings?
When to use simplified drawings
How to design simplified drawings
Tutorial
Exercise
Readings
Notes: Photographs
What are photographs?
When to use photographs
How to use photographs
Tutorial
Exercise
Readings
Deliverable: Design a page with a table, chart and drawing
Project 4: Page layout with diagrams and icons
Notes: Diagrams
What is a diagram?
When to use diagrams
How to use diagrams
How to design diagrams
Tutorial
Exercise
Readings
Notes: Text procedures
What is a text procedure?
When to use a text procedure
How to create a text procedure
Tutorial
Readings
Notes: Icons and visual symbols
What are icons and visual symbols?
When to use icons and visual symbols
How to design icons and visual symbols
Tutorial
Exercise
Readings
Notes: Screen captures
What are screen captures?
When to use screen captures
How to use screen captures
Tutorial
Readings
Deliverable: Design a page with diagrams and icon

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