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Course Description

RISD Advanced Program for High School Students: Graphic Design: Visualizing and Communicating Data

Design by Yue Chen

Data visualization is storytelling that helps translate information into knowledge. With an abundance of information streaming into our lives, how can we process and design complex and large volumes of material into a simple, honest and accessible form? In this course students learn how to use information structure and systems of form, color and typography in projects that communicate data through a variety of methods such as maps, graphs, charts and diagrams. Lectures introduce historical references such as Charles Joseph Minard's 1869 flow diagram of Napoleon's campaign of 1812 and Henry Beck's 1931 revolutionary London Underground map. Contemporary designers Giorgia Lupi, Francesco Franchi, Sandra Rendgren, Nigel Holmes and Nicholas Felton will also be used as inspiration for individual projects. Issues regarding data collection and individual privacy will be touched upon, including a look at how artists such as "Glass Room" are addressing these concerns. Assignments will explore issues of mapping, hierarchy, location, time, comparison, motion, format, and the use of symbolic visual language to help students build a series of concepts and final work. Students will learn various methods of compiling data and translating this information in both analog (hand-making) and digital tools.

Notes

In this intensive course and Visual + Critical Language, students should expect to spend a combined minimum of 20 hours per week engaging in coursework across both courses. Students should plan their schedule accordingly to keep up with class.

In conjunction with your Featured Topics course(s), you are also required to enroll in Visual + Critical Language. When you register for this Featured Topics course, you will also be charged for the tuition of Visual + Critical Language. You will see this enrollment reflected in your Student Portal before the start date of the course. Visual + Critical Language will meet live two times: during the first and final live sessions of your Featured Topics course.

Instructors

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Type
Online, Asynchronous
Dates
Jul 20, 2021 to Aug 15, 2021
Type
Online, Live Sessions
Days
T, Th
Time
9:00AM to 12:00PM
Dates
Jul 20, 2021 to Aug 12, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
60.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $2,600.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Aug 10, 2021
Transfer Request Deadline
Jul 13, 2021
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jul 20, 2021 to Aug 15, 2021
Instructors
Required Software/Technology
This course requires access to Adobe Creative Cloud, specifically Adobe Photoshop (required), and Indesign (optional). Monthly subscriptions can be purchased from a variety of pricing plans directly from Adobe. Be sure to check "minimum system requirements" for your computer before purchasing.
Necessary Supplies/Text(s)
  • Kevlar glove
  • Self-healing cutting mat, 
  • Color wheel 
  • (3) bristol, pad of 20, vellum or smooth, 9x12 
  • (2) glue sticks UHU brand 
  • Olfa  AB cutting knife 
  • Ruler, 18" or larger 
  • Colored pencil set (Faber Castell or Derwent recommended) with a minimum of 25 colors
    • *Alternatively,  get watercolor pencils by the same makers
  • Sakura miicron markers, black, various sizes (thin to thick)
  • Artagain black paper pad, 9x12 or closest size available
  • Wax paper (roll)
  • Bone folder (in bookbinding departments)
  • Compass (Staedtler Mars, comfort 551 recommended) 
  • Scissors
Type
Online, Asynchronous
Dates
Jul 20, 2021 to Aug 15, 2021
Type
Online, Live Sessions
Days
T, Th
Time
1:00PM to 4:00PM
Dates
Jul 20, 2021 to Aug 12, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
60.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $2,600.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Aug 10, 2021
Transfer Request Deadline
Jul 13, 2021
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jul 20, 2021 to Aug 15, 2021
Instructors
Required Software/Technology
This course requires access to Adobe Creative Cloud, specifically Adobe Photoshop (required), and Indesign (optional). Monthly subscriptions can be purchased from a variety of pricing plans directly from Adobe. Be sure to check "minimum system requirements" for your computer before purchasing.
Necessary Supplies/Text(s)
  • Kevlar glove
  • Self-healing cutting mat, 
  • Color wheel 
  • (3) bristol, pad of 20, vellum or smooth, 9x12 
  • (2) glue sticks UHU brand 
  • Olfa  AB cutting knife 
  • Ruler, 18" or larger 
  • Colored pencil set (Faber Castell or Derwent recommended) with a minimum of 25 colors
    • *Alternatively,  get watercolor pencils by the same makers
  • Sakura miicron markers, black, various sizes (thin to thick)
  • Artagain black paper pad, 9x12 or closest size available
  • Wax paper (roll)
  • Bone folder (in bookbinding departments)
  • Compass (Staedtler Mars, comfort 551 recommended) 
  • Scissors
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