jill honeycutt



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.


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

week 1

week of Monday, August 27th  


 - intro to class, syllabus, lynda.com, google drive     

 - assigned exercise: Yeti

*Link to Yeti found here

Yeti due midnight of scheduled lab day

*Turn in Yeti PDF exercise via Google Drive

Topics covered:

  • What is Illustrator?

  • Document set-up & Tools

  • Artboards

  • Grids & Guides

  • Bleeds

  • Saving variations

  • Layers

Lecture: Intro + Welcome


week 2 

week of Monday, Sept 3rd


- illustrator quiz 1   

assigned exercise: Wise Men

Wise Men due midnight of scheduled lab day

*Turn in Wise Men exercise  via Google Drive

Topics covered:

  • Shortcuts

  • Color—CMYK vs. RGB

  • Shape tools

  • Pen tool

  • Pathfinder

  • Type on path

Lecture: What is Graphic Design?  + Creative Process

week 3

week of Monday, Sept 10th

WEEKLY PLAYLIST: week three.

- illustrator quiz 2     
- assigned exercise: Wisegarver

Wisegarver due midnight of scheduled lab day

*Turn in Wisegarver exercise via Google Drive

   Topics covered:   

  • Clipping Mask

  • Appearance Panel

  • Type Panel

  • Character Panel

  • Outlining text

  • Type on curve

Lecture: History of Graphic Design Pt. 1

week 4

Topics covered:   

  • Object

  • Blend tool

  • Transform

  • Pattern

  • Offset

  • Expand

  • Rotate tool

Lecture: History of Graphic Design Pt. 2

week of Monday, Sept 17th


- assigned project: illustrator stamp project   

 - work in-class on stamp concepts

week 5

Topics covered:   

  • Facing Pages / Spreads

  • Gutter

  • Threaded Text

  • Columns / Rows / Grids / Guides

  • Changing Case (Upper, lower, Title, Sentence)

  • Places pictures in inDesign

  • Setting up a grid / Alignment

Lecture: Fundamentals of Design

week of Monday, Sept 24th


- 20 minute printed stamp critique.

  • bring printed color stamps to class for crits!

- final illustrator wrap-up + concepts

- intro to indesign

week 6

week of Monday, Oct 1st


- 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

Topics covered:   

  • Basic Typography / Sans Serif / Serif

  • Leading, Kerning, Tracking

  • Hyphen, En Dash, Em Dash

  • Left Justify, Right Justify, Centered, Justify

Lecture: Typography 101

week 7

week of Monday, Oct 8th

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

Topics Covered:

  • Master Pages

  • Paragraph Style

  • Inserting Word Docs

  • Headlines / Sub-headlines

  • Print vs. screen resolution

  • "Futura 13/14" / 13 = font size / 14 = leading size

Lecture: Basics of Illustration

week 8

Topics covered: 

  • Packaging Files

  • Exporting Spreads vs. Pages

  • Text Wrapping

  • Layout Design

  • Page Numbers

Lecture: Color

week of Monday, Oct 15th

WEEKLY PLAYLIST: week eight.

- inDesign quiz 2     

- assign project: intro booklet project     

- start booklet layout + set-up

week 9 

week of Monday, Oct 22nd


- intro to photoshop     

- assign exercise: veggie head exercise

*Turn in veggie head exercise via Google Drive

Veggie Head due midnight of scheduled lab day

Topics covered: 

  • Intro to Photoshop - what is it?

  • Duplicate the Background Layer

  • Editing (Destructive vs. Non-destructive)

  • Layers -Resizing

  • Cropping Images

  • Saving for the Web

  • Selection tools

Lecture: Web Design

week 10 

week of Monday, Oct 29th



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.

Topics covered: 

Homework is assigned via the Drive

Find links here:

arts 104-506

arts 104-507

arts 104-508

Lecture: No Class

week 11

week of Monday, Nov 5th

DAILY PLAYLIST: week eleven


- photoshop quiz 1    

- in-class exercise: product mock-up

- assign exercise: UI/UX

Topics covered: 

  • Brightness & Contrast

  • Cropping (extending the canvas via crop tool)

  • Curves & Levels

  • Saturation

  • Brushes - shortcut to make bigger/smaller

  • Working with Layers

  • Content Aware Fill

  • Cloning and Healing

  • Intro to XD

  • Layout

  • Assets

Lecture: Motion Design

week 12

week of Monday, Nov 12th

- Photoshop/Adobe XD quiz 2  

- assign project: intro to final project     

- research festivals, illustration styles, photo manipulation styles

Topics covered: 

  • Advanced XD

  • Research / brainstorming

  • Sketching

  • Combining Imagery + ideas

Lecture: Composition + Poster Design

week 13

week of Monday, Nov 19th

Normal Lecture and Monday lab

NO WEDNESDAY LABS — Thanksgiving!

Topics covered: 

  • Poster Design

  • Hierarchy

  • Typography

Lecture: UI/UX Design

week 14

week of Monday, Nov 26th

- BRING printed poster critique to LECTURE (Monday 11/26)

- final work day in labs

Topics Covered:

Lecture: Design within Companies—what's next?

Small group critiques IN LECTURE (with printed drafts)

week 15

week of Monday, Dec 3rd

No Lecture ***attend FRIDAY classes***


  • 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

week 16

week of Monday, Dec 10th

enjoy your break!