Visual Communication Design I: Intro to Graphic Design
This introductory course explores the origins, concepts, and processes affecting traditional and contemporary visual communication design. Studio activities introduce and implement computer and print technology for the creation of original design projects.
The course has three major goals: (a) introduce the visual skills of design communication; (b) introduce the physical use of materials that aid in the stimulation and presentation of ideas; (c) give students a general introduction to the field of visual communication design. Visual skills will be gained through a process of problem-solving exercises that will help each student identify the ways imagery communicates in design. Physical skill will be introduced through the use of a variety of tools and materials. Topics we will discuss include design’s history, philosophy, and current practice.
University of Notre Dame
Becoming a Graphic and Digital Designer: A Guide to Careers in Design
by Steven Heller and Véronique Vienne
Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design
by Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit
VCD Software Tutorial: Computing software and technology for designers
VCD Software Tutorial is a one-credit corequisite to Visual Communication Design I (VCD1). The objective of the course is to equip students with the skills necessary to complete their design assignments. While student participation is optional, all are encouraged to attend on a regular basis to receive one-on-one instruction and support.
VCD Software Tutorial meets once a week and provides an opportunity for students to develop a working knowledge of essential Adobe software. The course allows students to hone their technical skills, execute tasks associated with their assignments, and prepare files for printing under guided supervision. An extensive list of recommended Lynda.com and Udemy.com online tutorials is also provided to assist students outside of class. After successful completion of this course students are able to demonstrate a high degree of proficiency in the use of various digital tools and physical materials associated with the professional standards of visual communication design.
University of Notre Dame
Adobe Creative Cloud Design Tools Digital Classroom
by Jennifer Smith and
the AGI Creative Team
Basic Type Design
Formation and manipulation of individual letter forms as the basis for typographic communication. Studio work in rendering type by hand and on the computer. Fostering of fundamental knowledge of the aesthetics of type as a visual carrier of meaning.
This course has several goals:
1. Introduce students to a brief history of typography and its role in the development of visual communication.
2. Equip students with the ability to recognize, understand, and apply meaning to typography.
3. Explore the basic principles and general rules of typography.
4. Develop methodology for selecting type and executing professional layouts.
Student Work (2010–2013)