In this course through a series of two to three-week assignments, students are presented with simple graphic design problems in both print and digital media. They are encouraged to explore creative means of solving sometimes unconventional problems. In the examples below, students were required to create a book cover for iconic novels with a limited color palette and the stipulation that the title text not be created with a typographic font, but created from scratch. The meaning of doing this as well as the different letter-forms derived by the students is discussed versus using conventional means of creating text.
The project at the bottom of this page was an exploration of color, value, and the various technical challenges, options, and opportunities of cut & paste in a digital environment. The meaningful distinctions between the cut & paste of found imagery versus drawing or producing the graphics by hand is discussed at length. For example, how is the identity of individual pieces of “fruit” affected by the image created by their juxtaposition, and vice versa.
Intro to Graphic Design All the King’s MenBook Cover, Mark Santiago
Intro to Graphic Design Naked LunchBook Cover, Brandon Davis-Britton
Intro to Graphic Design Animal FarmBook Cover, Greg Marsh
Intro to Graphic Design cut & paste exercise, Ming Zhang