Visual Communication Design

GDES-200 fall 2018 (David Ramos American University Design)
ramos@american.edu · office hours

Schedule

§1 M-Th §4 Tu-F Topics Reading Projects

#01

M 27 Aug

Tu 28 Aug

#02

Th 30 Aug

F 31 Aug

  • Images
  • Photoshop basics
  • Complete Found Type part 1.1 (before class)

#03

M 3 Sep

Tu 4 Sep

Section 1 off for Labor Day

  • Section 4: Layers/compositing

#04

Th 6 Sep

F 7 Sep

  • Section 1: Layers/compositing
  • Point, Line, Plane (NB2 32–)

NB2 indicates page numbers for Graphic Design: The New Basics, 2nd edition. NB1 is the 1st edition.

#05

M 10 Sep

Tu 11 Sep

  • Share a design failure
  • Lines
  • Illustrator
  • Rhythm and Balance (NB2 48—)
  • Sign up for a Designer Presentations date
  • Start Graphic Translation

#06

Th 13 Sep

F 14 Sep

#07

M 17 Sep

Tu 18 Sep

  • Gestalt Principles (NB2 98—) or Figure/Ground (NB1 84—)
  • Graphic Translation: bring orientation sketches

#08

Th 20 Sep

F 21 Sep

  • Framing (NB2 116—)
  • Graphic Translation: bring 2–3 line versions, and possibly 2 solids. Work in pen/pencil, Illustrator, or both.
  • Studio

#09

M 24 Sep

Tu 25 Sep

  • Studio

#10

Th 27 Sep

F 28 Sep

  • Layers (NB2 140—)

#11

M 1 Oct

Tu 2 Oct

  • Information design
  • Diagram (NB2 214—)
  • Chesapeake Bay watershed (reading to come)

#12

Th 4 Oct

F 5 Oct

  • Craft and printing
  • Print and mount Graphic Translation during class

#13

M 8 Oct

Tu 9 Oct

  • Mapping exercise
  • Texture (NB2 68—)
  • Final critique for Graphic Translation ✭
  • Start Infographic

#14

Th 11 Oct

F 12 Oct

Section 4 on break

  • Hierarchy (NB2 128—)
  • Studio

#15

M 15 Oct

Tu 16 Oct

  • Typography
  • 100 letters exercise
  • Modularity (NB2 166—)

#16

Th 18 Oct

F 19 Oct

  • Grids and alignment (w exercise)
  • Grid (NB2 186—)

#17

M 22 Oct

Tu 23 Oct

  • Color (w exercise)
  • Color (NB2 80—)

#18

Th 25 Oct

F 26 Oct

  • Transparency (NB2 154—)

#19

M 29 Oct

Tu 30 Oct

  • Poster history
  • Pattern (NB2 200—)

#20

Th 1 Nov

F 2 Nov

  • Semiotics

#21

M 5 Nov

Tu 6 Nov

#22

Th 8 Nov

F 9 Nov

  • Work on Type/Environment in class

#23

M 12 Nov

Tu 13 Nov

  • Present Type/Environment
  • Rules and Randomness (NB2 248—)

#24

Th 15 Nov

F 16 Nov

  • Studio visit
  • Time and Motion (NB2 232—)

#25

M 19 Nov

Tu 20 Nov

M 12 Nov

Tu 13 Nov

Thanksgiving Break

#26

M 26 Nov

Tu 27 Nov

  • Interaction design
  • Studio

#27

Th 29 Nov

F 30 Nov

  • Responsible design
  • Studio

#28

M 3 Dec

Tu 4 Dec

  • Studio

#29

Th 6 Dec

F 7 Dec

  • Last group critique for projects ✭

F 14 Dec

F 14 Dec

Exam period; no class