Graphic Design Course

Do you illustrate or layout documents, websites, or slide shows? Do you find it hard to make charts, tables, and diagrams look good? If you’re a manager, writer, programmer, or business professional who needs to produce clean, simple graphics in your everyday work, then this course is for you!

Graphic Design is a 6-week online graphic design course. The course is designed to give people with no formal graphic design training an introduction to the world of graphics. In this course, you’ll learn a simple process for creating graphics by completing three design projects.

  • In the first project, you’ll learn how to use size, shape, color, and typography. You’ll also learn how to apply the concepts of contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity to make your graphics look good.
  • In the second project, you’ll create a page layout using text, charts, graphs, and simple drawings.
  • In the last project, you’ll produce another layout using text, diagrams, procedures, icons, and screen captures.

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  • No formal training in graphic design required

Computing Requirements

  • Microsoft ¬†PowerPoint or other graphics application

About the Instructor

The instructor will guide you throughout the course by providing one-to-one mentoring. During the course, the instructor will answer your questions by email, provide you with feedback on your assignments, and lead optional audio teleconference sessions to discuss the materials and assignments.

Doug Talbott has over 20 years of experience in human factors design, design management and graphic design and course design. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and has designed and taught courses for Honeywell, Nortel Networks, OTI and Carleton University in the areas of human factors design, visual design and computer science.

Student Reviews

The course exceeded my expectations in many regards — especially in the depth of information supplied and the access to the instructor for feedback on work in progress. In a very non-threatening environment, I learned key principles of design that I can implement immediately. Without reservation, I recommend this course to technical communicators — in fact I have already encouraged several colleagues to sign up…
Doug did an excellent job presenting the course content. The most rewarding part of the course was the audio chat sessions with Doug. It was a good chance to verbally discuss the concepts for each project and for Doug to give his professional appraisal and feedback. Doug showed his experience during the audio chat sessions and demonstrated his professionalism through the comments received on the marked assignments. 
This was a great online class experience for me. It’s the first online class I have completed. I think the personal touch through phone sessions combined with the e-mail responses from Doug when I had questions helped a lot!

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