SPRING 2019 // ARTS 104 // COURSE DESCRIPTION AND PREREQUISITES
None. However, students are encouraged provide their own laptop with the Adobe Creative Suite (we will use: InDesign, Illustrator, and, Photoshop exclusively. The student version of Adobe CC is acceptable).
ARTS 104 is an introduction to the concepts and techniques utilized in the layout of graphic presentations. This includes basic typography, use of color, design principles; integration of type, graphic elements and images. Students will be working with the Adobe Creative Suite; predominantly Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and XD. You will learn how and why the individual programs integrate with each other to achieve professional results.
LEARNING OUTCOMES & COURSE OBJECTIVES
To understand the principles and process of graphic design, its philosophy, contemporary notions and techniques, and develop a unique voice through practice.
KNOWLEDGE. Identify and apply the elements and principles of design
KNOWLEDGE. Define and identify basic elements of typography
COMPREHENSION. Identify, choose and apply appropriate Adobe software for specific tasks within a project
APPLICATION. Employ self-imposed time-management skills
SYNTHESIS. Develop and create a finished portfolio applying concepts and knowledge from the course
EVALUATION. Analyze, evaluate and apply the critique process as a means to strengthen personal work
What is Illustrator?
Document set-up & Tools
Grids & Guides
Lecture: Intro + Welcome
Lecture // Wednesday, Jan 23
WEEKLY PLAYLIST: week two.
- illustrator quiz 1
assigned exercise: Wise Men
Wise Men due midnight of scheduled lab day
*Turn in Wise Men exercise via Google Drive
Color—CMYK vs. RGB
Type on path
Lecture: What is Graphic Design? + Creative Process
Lecture // Wednesday, Jan 30
WEEKLY PLAYLIST: week three.
- illustrator quiz 2
- assigned exercise: Wisegarver
Wisegarver due midnight of scheduled lab day
*Turn in Wisegarver exercise via Google Drive
Type on curve
Lecture: History of Graphic Design Pt. 1
Lecture: History of Graphic Design Pt. 2
Lecture // Wednesday, Feb 6
WEEKLY PLAYLIST: week four.
- assigned project: illustrator stamp project
- work in-class on stamp concepts
Facing Pages / Spreads
Columns / Rows / Grids / Guides
Changing Case (Upper, lower, Title, Sentence)
Places pictures in inDesign
Setting up a grid / Alignment
Lecture: Fundamentals of Design
Lecture // Wednesday, Feb 13
WEEKLY PLAYLIST: week five.
- 20 minute printed stamp critique.
bring printed color stamps to class for crits!
- final illustrator wrap-up + concepts
- intro to indesign
Lecture // Wednesday, Feb 20
WEEKLY PLAYLIST: week six.
- Printed Stamp Project Due!!
**Stamps due in-class on your scheduled lab day
**Turn in final stamp PDFs via Google Drive
- assigned exercise: Personal Mood board
*Turn in Mood board exercise via Google Drive
mood board due midnight of scheduled lab day
Basic Typography / Sans Serif / Serif
Leading, Kerning, Tracking
Hyphen, En Dash, Em Dash
Left Justify, Right Justify, Centered, Justify
Lecture: Typography 101
Lecture // Wednesday, Feb 27
WEEKLY PLAYLIST: week seven.
- inDesign quiz 1
- assign exercise: Resume exercise
*Turn in Resume exercise via Google Drive
Resume due midnight of scheduled lab day
Inserting Word Docs
Headlines / Sub-headlines
Print vs. screen resolution
"Futura 13/14" / 13 = font size / 14 = leading size
Lecture: Basics of Illustration
Exporting Spreads vs. Pages
Lecture // Wednesday, March 6
WEEKLY PLAYLIST: week eight.
- inDesign quiz 2
- assign project: intro booklet project
- start booklet layout + set-up
Lecture // Wednesday, March 13
WEEKLY PLAYLIST: week nine.
- intro to photoshop
- assign exercise: veggie head exercise
*Turn in veggie head exercise via Google Drive
Veggie Head due midnight of scheduled lab day
Intro to Photoshop - what is it?
Duplicate the Background Layer
Editing (Destructive vs. Non-destructive)
Saving for the Web
Lecture: Web Design
Lecture // Wednesday, March 20
WEEKLY PLAYLIST: week ten.
NO CLASS OR LABS THIS WEEK.
College of Architecture Research Symposium
Still watch your playlist!
- homework exercise: powerlines
exercise is to pick one out of the 2 images on the drive and remove the power lines out. You should use the clone stamp, different selection tools, healing brush tool, etc.
Lecture // Wednesday, March 27
DAILY PLAYLIST: week eleven.
-INDESIGN BOOKLET DUE!!
- photoshop quiz 1
- in-class exercise: product mock-up
- assign exercise: UI/UX
Brightness & Contrast
Cropping (extending the canvas via crop tool)
Curves & Levels
Brushes - shortcut to make bigger/smaller
Working with Layers
Content Aware Fill
Cloning and Healing
Intro to XD
Lecture: Motion Design
Lecture // Wednesday, April 3
- Photoshop/Adobe XD quiz 2
- assign project: intro to final project
- research festivals, illustration styles, photo manipulation styles
Research / brainstorming
Combining Imagery + ideas
Lecture: Composition + Poster Design
Lecture // Wednesday, April 10
Lecture: UI/UX Design
Lecture // Wednesday, April 17
- BRING printed poster critique to LECTURE
- final work day in labs
Lecture: Design within Companies—what's next?
Small group critiques IN LECTURE (with printed drafts)
Lecture // Wednesday, April 24
No Lecture ***attend FRIDAY classes***
- FINAL DUE!
No lecture, just project drop off in normal lecture classroom!
Projects need to have your name AND section written on the back in PENCIL.
Lecture: No Lecture
Lecture // Wednesday, May 1
enjoy your break!