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ART 170 - Graphic Design

Mosaic Poster- As an introduction to the course, students are given a fraction of a picture to draw in their sketchbooks. Objective and subjective decisions for replicating the picture are discussed, and students are able to see the consequences and rewards when each of their pieces is assembled into a whole.

Abstraction through simplification- Using only black on white, students reduce a man-made object to its simplest two dimensional form. From within this drawing, they search for features that exemplify interesting design composition.

Abstraction using repetition- Students explore how repetition of design features can be used to create new compositions, and can add information and alter perception of the object while remaining abstract.

Abstraction using line and shape- The "less is more" idea is further explored as students experiment with line placement. Most find that lines can be omitted and still be seen through suggestion.

Abstraction with letterforms- A good primer for logo design, students are asked to compare letterforms to the features in their designs and look for interesting ways to integrate the shapes.

Sequences- Open and closed forms are used to help the viewer to understand non-objective shapes via the context of sequential progression.

Value- At long last, students are able to incorporate (a few) shades of gray into their designs. They examine how value affects visual perception of depth and make strategic decisions about how to represent real photographs with no more than 6 values.

Color- Students are introduced to basic color schemes and must choose a scheme that conveys a desired mood while at the same time creating unity among 3 different objects.

Typography Poster- Typefaces are researched and displayed in posters that demonstrate the prominent features of a particular font, as well as its legibility. Students were given free reign to incorporate appropriate design lessons from throughout the semester.