The Theory portion of our Class will be drawn from the book Graphic Design: The New Basics, Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips.

The book is 244 pages, so it is probably too much for us to cover in this class, but the links in the syllabus go to one page summaries at the book’s companion website. These are absolutely perfect for our needs and we should have no problem covering these 16 pages over the next six weeks.


August 28

Design Theory: Point, Line, and Plane; Rhythm & Balance; Scale Hands on: Illustrator Introduction

September 04

Design Theory: Typography; Texture
Hands on: More Illustrator

September 11

Design Theory: Color
Hands on: Photoshop and Illustrator

September 18

Design Theory: Figure/Ground; Framing; Layers; Transparency
Hands on: More Illustrator More Photoshop

September 25

Design Theory: Modularity; Grid and Pattern
Hands on: Illustrator and InDesign

October 2

Design Theory: Diagram; Time and Motion; Rules and Randomness
Hands on: Illustrator

Graphic Design Basics