In this course, students are introduced to graphic design through a series of "master studies" - in-depth studies of designers who have made important contributions to graphic design practice and theory. Each session is focused on a different designer, with a close look at their significant projects and creative processes. Students see examples of each designer's work and hear about their careers, and then perform visual exercises and complete assignments related to the designer. For each student, the final product of the course is a digital portfolio of design projects based on their studies of these ten design masters: Herbert Bayer, Elaine Lustig Cohen, Saul Bass, Corita Kent, Shigeo Fukuda, Armin Hofmann, Herbert Matter, Paul Rand, Josef Müller-Brockmann, and Fortunato Depero. The exercises and assignments require students to have beginning level skills in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Students also experiment with traditional graphic design techniques, including sketching with pencils and markers, and cut-paper collage. This course is open to all students. NOTE: This course is fully online. Students will enjoy learning with a combination of media-based lectures and live video-conferences with the instructor and classmates. The (optional) online synchronous meetings are scheduled and are recorded for students to review at their convenience. Additionally, there are opportunities for asynchronous discussion with the instructor throughout the semester.
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