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Graphic Design

Course Details

Fridays, Mar 24 - 31 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-DFOU-2802
2 sessions | 6 contact hours | tuition $130


Description

What good is sending a resume or layout idea over the Internet if it arrives jumbled and unformatted, or worse still, if it cannot be opened? Whether creating resumes, business plans, spreadsheets, graphically rich brochures, or even websites, Adobe Acrobat Writer lets you convert any document into a portable document format (PDF) file that arrives at its destination intact: everything in your document -- layouts, fonts, links and images -- appears exactly as it looks to you on your computer, regardless of platform. In addition, new features of this application make it quick and easy for recipients to approve and comment on your documents. This workshop shows you the numerous ways in which Acrobat Writer can enhance your digital communications.


Instructor
  • Name: Steve Ruggieri (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Mar 1 - May 24 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/19
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-DFOU-2532 ( Class is Full )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $595 | lab fee $50


Description

The most popular vector graphics editor, Adobe Illustrator is essential when creating unique images and graphics that require a high degree of precision and scalability -- allowing an artist control of images as small as a bottle cap or as large as a billboard. Since the workflow is vector based, curves do not pixelate as they do in other graphics applications. In this course, you'll create illustrations and freeform sketches as you explore how this program makes it possible to acquire, trace and alter scanned images. You'll "learn by making" with in-class exercises and projects completed as homework. We discuss saving and output options, connecting the learning to the larger world of illustration, print, product and interactive design.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Anne-Marie Byrd (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 22 - May 27 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-TEEN-3744
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $320 | lab fee $10


Description

American comics are filled with wild characters like musclemen, monsters, robots, villains and freaks, but you need more than a wild character to make a good comic book. It takes a story that, when combined with convincing pictures, draws the reader into the page and doesn't let him go. In this course, students learn from a published professional how to pull all the components of great comic book creation -- word balloons, captions, panels and personalities -- together. Important topics such as character design, perspective drawing and page layout are considered and, in the end, students leave with a finished book to share with friends, family and, with luck, possibly even a big shot comic book publisher.

Applies to: AT, Y2

Prerequisite: Start Cartooning


Instructor
  • Name: Jesse Smolover (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Mar 7 - May 16 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-PRNT-2589
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $50


Description

This course offers students who wish to enter the field of graphic design the opportunity to synthesize a wide variety of approaches, tools and concepts related to the discipline while developing samples of work for a portfolio. Whether refining an existing piece of work or creating something new, students receive guidance in choosing their strongest creative and visual solutions, and in compiling a group of samples that best represents them and their work. While targeting a future client or potential employer, students develop a creative strategy for presenting themselves and their ideas in a way that gets them noticed and achieves the results they are seeking.

Special Schedule: Class meets every other Tuesday on 3/17, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18, 5/2 and 5/16.

Applies to: GR-R

Prerequisite: Typographics II: Studio Practice


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

Tuesdays, Feb 28 - Apr 4 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-PRNT-4146
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $420 | 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-E, IT-E

Prerequisite: Typographics II: Studio Practice


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

Mondays, Mar 6 - May 22 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 2/27, 4/17
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-PRNT-2531
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $595 | lab fee $50


Description

Graphic designers must have a fundamental understanding of the basic structures and organizing systems that lie beneath all examples of the print designer's craft. Grids and modules are discussed as the primary device for originating compelling design solutions that acknowledge the core rules of proportion, rhythm, pacing and sequence. Adobe Illustrator and InDesign are among the digital tools used to define these unifying structures that are often (but not always) invisible. The class builds upon a foundation of weekly exercises as students develop a solid understanding of the practical considerations involved in the planning and delivery of a conclusive graphic design project.

Schedule Update: This course will start 1 week later than originally scheduled. It will now start on Monday, March 6.

Applies to: GR-R, IT-E

Prerequisite: Typographics I: Elements + Process


Instructor
  • Name: Anya Lownie (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Mar 13 - 17 | 9am-4pm
ages 6-12 | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-CAMP-2067
5 sessions | 35 contact hours | tuition $490


Description

Before there were memes there were posters. Colorful, flashy and sometimes absurd, they expressed ideas and beliefs through striking images and bold statements that stuck in people's minds and sometimes became symbols for an entire social movement. Their purpose was basically the same: catch the eye and make a point. Discover how today's environment of colorful images, sleek designs and catchy slogans was started centuries ago, with the art of the printed poster. From advertising to politicizing, posters were meant to cut through the noise of everyday life and make a statement. To make your own statements, you'll first choose an idea, issue or product important to you. Then, you'll brainstorm, sketch and refine a finished drawing and painting, culminating in a final large-scale image. In a world of images flashing constantly before our eyes, it's more important than ever to post inspired art that has a purpose and does it with style. Note: Please provide a lunch, snacks and beverage.


Instructor
  • Name: * Steven Hayes, Cheryl Johnson (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Mar 2 - Apr 6 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-PRNT-0776
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $420 | lab fee $30


Description

What is the perfect recipe for a persuasive graphic design solution and how do you combine those ingredients 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

Tuesdays, Feb 28 - May 23 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/18
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-PRNT-4143 ( Class is Full )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $595 | lab fee $50


Description

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of typography -- theory, practice, technology and history -- so that students can use it to their full advantage. Making crucial design decisions while gaining fluency with Adobe InDesign, students explore designing with type while composing single- and multipage documents, laying out page systems effectively, and using type styles to influence expression and communication. Topics include conceptual development, reinforcement of meaning, analysis of letter forms, typographic measurement, typeface classification, typesetting, using grid systems, establishing hierarchies for organizational clarity, and assessing document legibility. Hands-on class and homework assignments provide students with the skills and conceptual understanding that serve as a foundation for graphic design practice. Note: This course was previously titled Understanding Typography.

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

Prerequisite: Graphic Form


Instructor
  • Name: Marianne Migliori (Bio)
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