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Graphic Design

Course Details

Wednesdays, Jan 9 - Feb 13 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-DFOU-2801
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $30


Description

Designed for easy integration with Adobe's other software products (Photoshop, Illustrator), InDesign has a user-friendly, intuitive interface and offers flexibility through its wide array of supported file formats. Designers can use it to combine text and illustrations for single- or multi-page documents and to prepare them digitally for output to press, printer or PDF (portable document format). Students in this course gain technical knowledge of the application's basic tool layout, image manipulation, and vector integration tools. All the while, concepts of visual communication and design are reinforced through hands-on exercises.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-E, IT-E, PG-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Ryan (Bio)
Course Details

Online, Jan 7 - Feb 18 | ONLINE
ages 18+ | Online | 2019/CW-PRAC-2678
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425


Description

A digital portfolio is the ideal vehicle to claim your identity as an artist or designer, and is the easiest way to present a body of work to potential clients, employers, galleries or graduate schools. This course presents how "going digital" allows you to structure and deliver visual information in a concise and accessible manner for maximum impact. Using Photoshop, you learn to optimize images and to manipulate rich media (video, audio, animation) to build a portfolio that can be viewed in a web browser or on a portable device. Hand coding techniques (including XHTML, CSS and JavaScript) are introduced and practiced as a means to create an interactive showcase that has become the best way to present a professional identity.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-E, ID-E, IT-E, JM-E, NS-E, PG-E, PM-E, PS-E

Prerequisite: Digital Design Techniques or equivalent experience


Instructor
  • Name: Bryan Rodrigues (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Jan 7 - Feb 18 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 1/21
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-PRNT-4146 ( Class is almost Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $30


Description

Your first client is the most important and the easiest to find. Start with yourself. Just as a company's identity is essential to its success, so is your own professional identity as you embark on a career communicating visually. This advanced studio reviews innovative identities within the industry, such as letterhead, resume, envelopes, business cards and the obligatory web presence. Students begin the process of evaluating, refining, writing descriptions and creating photography maps for promotional and archival needs. Students also learn about paper selection, pre-production considerations and communicating effectively with vendors. Lessons in contract language and procedure, as well as the construction and presentation of these documents, emphasize how these become a part of the graphic designer's professional identity.

Applies to: GR-R, IT-E

Prerequisite: Typographics II: Studio Practice


Instructor
  • Name: Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Jan 8 - Feb 12 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-PRNT-0791 ( Class is almost Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

A graphic designer is a creative problem solver who conceptualizes, plans and executes a design that communicates a message. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of working in the field of graphic design by examining the meaning of graphic design, the design process and the role the graphic designer plays in society. Students respond to presentations and engage in hands-on assignments intended to provide a glimpse of the RISD|CE Graphic Design certificate program and the broader field of the professional graphic designer.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-R, IT-E, PG-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Jan 7 - Feb 18 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 1/21
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-PRNT-0714 ( Class is almost Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $30


Description

This course introduces two-dimensional design as it needs to be understood by the graphic designer. Students explore and develop an understanding of visual relationships through the use of the elements of design (line, shape, value and texture) and the accompanying principles of design, including figure/ground relationships, repetition, contrast, rhythm, and transformation. Students are gently introduced to the graphic design workflow using vector drawing tools on the Apple computer platform. Together as a class they review the basic concepts, practice and vocabulary of design while critiquing peer projects to achieve greater visual literacy.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-R, IT-E, PG-E

Prerequisite: Graphic Design: Introduction


Instructor
  • Name: Anya Lownie (Bio)
Course Details

Monday, Feb 18 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | Westerly | 2019/CW-CAMP-1315
1 session | 7 contact hours | tuition $140 | lab fee $10


Description

Art students are fortunate to have a set of guiding principles for design; this course pairs those principles with easy-to-understand exercises that will provide a foundation for deeper exploration. In this course, students practice pattern design as a way to comprehend the primary goal of visual unity and its generative processes of similarity, rhythm and repetition. These concepts are revealed through a project that involves drawing organic forms, using a geometric structure with simple tools. The resulting patterns on paper are made without digital technology, and are evidence of a student's understanding of simplicity vs. complexity, which is vital to understanding design thinking.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesday, Jan 30 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-WEB-2792
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85


Description

Learn how to use social media platforms, like Facebook and Instagram, to effectively enhance or create your online brand and image. Tania Picard has worked with many individuals and businesses to develop an online presence. She will share her expertise and help you gain an in-depth perspective on how to use social media to tell your brand's story -- strategically increasing your following. Learn which tools come highly recommended to manage your posts, and how to use them. You will gain an understanding of how to set up and use website analytics to measure social media success and understand followers' internet patterns. Note: Students should plan to bring their laptops.

Applies to: GR-E, IT-E


Instructor
  • Name: Tania Picard (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Jan 10 - Feb 14 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-PRNT-0776
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $30


Description

What is the perfect recipe for a persuasive graphic design solution and how are the ingredients combined for the best effect? Each variable is subject to choice and, whether shrewdly or poorly made, those choices cannot help but change the overall impact of the project. Students in this course are introduced to image making methods that are determined by underlying graphic and typographic messages. Assignments are devised to reinforce conceptual thinking and to foster understanding and evaluation of source information. The aim is to empower the graphic artist/advertising designer with a full visual literacy that best serves the project's needs.

Applies to: GR-R, PG-E

Prerequisite: Typographics I: Elements + Process


Instructor
  • Name: Wayne Vieira (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Jan 9 - Feb 13 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-PRNT-4151
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $30


Description

The two areas of communication that a graphic designer must command are type and image, and it is only through their harmonious display that graphic design is given meaning to represent messages and ideas. In this course, students synthesize and apply lessons learned in earlier courses to explore the complex relationship between type and image and their role in enhancing meaning. Topics also include the differences that occur when a message is delivered as a two-, three- or four-dimensional time-based design. Students apply the design process and higher-order conceptual thinking in their creation of several projects suitable for a professional portfolio.

Applies to: GR-R, IT-E

Prerequisite: Graphic Structures + Systems


Instructor
  • Name: Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday, Feb 9 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-CAMP-0533
1 session | 7 contact hours | tuition $140 | lab fee $10


Description

Are you in love with graphic design? Do you have a real-life love but don't know how to express it? This course will provide you with the means to create an original Valentine's Day card and satisfy the craving to design graphically, while you learn the rules of vector drawing using Adobe Illustrator. You'll get an introduction to the basics of two-dimensional design and how to apply them with digital media, as you participate in an intensive studio exercise to create your Valentine's Day card. If the card ends up in your design portfolio and in someone's inbox, all the better.

Applies to: AT, YD


Instructor
  • Name: Anne-Marie Byrd (Bio)
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