336 Schedule

The class schedule is subject to change and will be updated every Friday. Check this page regularly to see what is expected for the upcoming week.

Remember: You can work outside class during open hours in the Avery Computer Lab in the evening and on weekends (Mon-Fri, 5:30-9:00pm; Sat-Sun, 12:00-5:00pm).

Click here to see schedule for previous weeks

WEEK 1

Tues 8/21

In class:

  • Course Introduction

Thurs 8/23

Due today:

  • Read “Point, Line, Plane” and “Scale” chapters from Graphic Design: The New Basics by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips (Required text available for purchase at the Bookie). Purchase of book is required, but you may access the electronic version for now via the library subscription to ProQuest Ebook Central using your WSU network ID and password. To find this resource, search for “Graphic Design: The New Basics” via WSU Library SearchIt page and then click on EBOOK option. Note that the online version is edition 1 and the copy for purchase is edition 2. Page numbers and chapters differ slightly among editions.

In class:

  • Small group activity: Point, Line, Plane

WEEK 2

Tues 8/28

Due today:

  • JPG files/digital photos for “Point, Line, Plane”
  • Sign up for OneDrive / Dropbox (TBA)

In class:

  • Introduction to Communal Class Blog and Basic Digital Imaging
  • Accept WordPress invitations / sign up for WordPress

Thurs 8/30

Due today:

  • Accept WordPress invitation and complete Blog 1: Point, Line, Plane

In class:

  • Presentations / discussion of Blog 1: Point, Line, Plane

–Mon 9/3: Labor Day Holiday–

WEEK 3

Tues 9/4

Due today:

  • Read “Texture” and “Transparency” from “Graphic Design: The New Basics”
  • JPG files/digital photos for “Texture” and “Transparency”
  • Corrections for Blog 1: “Point, Line, Plane”

In class:

  • Introduction to Project 1: Textural Interpretation

Thurs 9/6

Due today:

  • Blog 2: Texture

In class:

  • Review Blog 2: Texture. How detailed and accurate are your written descriptions of your chosen photo?
  • Begin Adobe Illustrator demos / tutorials

WEEK 4

Tues 9/11

Due today:

  • Illustrator tutorials

In class:

  • Adobe Illustrator demos continued
  • Work on Project 1: Textural Interpretations

Thurs 9/13

Due today:

  • Illustrator tutorials

In class:

  • Work on Project 1: Textural Interpretations

WEEK 5

Tues 9/18

Due today at beginning of class:

  • Project 1: Textural Interpretation

In class:

  • Introduction to Project 2: Pattern Design

Thurs 9/20

Due today:

  • Come prepared to discuss your work for Project 1: Textural Interpretation

In class:

  • Small group critiques or rotating critiques for Project 1: Textural Interpretation (attendance impacts your grade for this project)

WEEK 6

Tues 9/25

Due today:

  • Read “Pattern” from “Graphic Design: The New Basics” and “Organic/Geometric” from “Design Elements: A Graphic Style Manual” by Timothy Samara (link to PDF provided)
  • Post Blog 3: Pattern

In class:

  • Presentation / discussion of Blog 3: Pattern
  • Begin Adobe Illustrator demos for Pattern Design

Thurs 9/27

Due today:

In class:

  • Troubleshoot Pattern Design in Adobe Illustrator

WEEK 7 

Tues 10/2

Due today:

  • Read “Color” and “Gestalt” from “Graphic Design: The New Basics”
  • Post Blog 4: “Figure/Ground”

In class:

  • Lecture: Color, Gestalt, and Pattern Design

Thurs 10/4

Due today:

  • Come prepared to work and with questions for Project 2: Pattern Design

In class:

  • Work on Project 2: Pattern Design

WEEK 8

Midterm grades due this week

Tues 10/9

Due today at beginning of class:

  • Project 2: Pattern Design

In class:

  • Class critique of Project 2: Pattern Design (attendance impacts your grade for this project)

Thurs 10/11

In class:

  • Continued class critique of Project 2: Pattern Design (attendance impacts your grade for this project)

WEEK 9

Tues 10/16

Due today:

  • Read “Modularity” and “Rhythm and Balance” from “Graphic Design: The New Basics”
  • Post Blog 5: Modularity

In class:

  • Intro to Project 3: Typeface Design: What is Typography?
  • Discussion of Blog 5: Modularity

Thurs 10/18

Due today:

  • Read “Formstorming” and “Rules and Randomness” from “Graphic Design: The New Basics” and watch Marian Bantjes TED Talk: Intricate Beauty by Design
  • Post Blog 6: Formstorming

In class:

  • Intro to Project 3: Typeface Design: Our Design Objectives
  • Discussion of Blog 6: Formstorming

WEEK 10

Tues 10/23

Due today:

  • Read “Letter” chapter from “Thinking with Type” by Ellen Lupton (link / PDF to be provided)

In class:

  • Test on “Letter” chapter and history and anatomy of typography

Thurs 10/25: Meet at WSU Art Museum or MASC (TBA)

Due:

  • Blog 7: Literature Analysis (choose and analyze an inspirational text for the Type Design Project)

In class:

  • Field Trip to WSU Art Museum or Manuscripts, Archives & Special Collections (location to TBA) to see inspirational typography samples

WEEK 11

Tues 10/30

Due:

  • Blog 8: Type Anatomy
  • Come to class prepared to work on Project 3: Typeface Design

In class:

  • Work on Typeface Design Proposal

Thurs 11/1

Due:

  • Come to class prepared to work on Project 3: Typeface Design

In class:

  • Work on Typeface Design Proposal

 

WEEK 12

Tues 11/6

Due at beginning of class:

  • Typeface Design Proposals (minimum ten completed letters)

In class:

  • Student presentations of Typeface Design Proposals (attendance impacts your grade for this project)

Thurs 11/8

Due:

  • Come prepared to listen, comment, and discuss student Type Design proposals

In class:

  • Continued: Student presentations of Typeface Design Proposals (attendance impacts your grade for this project)

WEEK 13

–Mon 11/12: Veteran’s Day Holiday–

Tues 11/13

Due at beginning of class:

  • All 26 letters for Project 3: Typeface Design

In class:

  • Course evaluations
  • Small group critiques

Thurs 11/15

Due:

Read “Hierarchy” from “Graphic Design: The New Basics” and Timothy Samara reading (link to be provided) on illustration

In class:

  • Discussion of “Illustration” and “Hierarchy” readings
  • Introduce poster design phase of Project 3: Type Design

–Thanksgiving Holiday–

WEEK 14

Tues 11/27

Due:

  • Draft of poster design for Project 3: Type Design

In class:

  • Work on poster designs

Thurs 11/29

Due:

  • Come prepared to work on poster designs

In class:

  • Work on poster designs

WEEK 15

Tues 12/4

Due:

  • Come prepared to work on poster designs

In class:

  • Work on poster designs
  • Remember to allow enough turn-around time for getting your poster printed through BCU

Thurs 12/5

Due:

  • Project 3: Typeface Design

In class:

  • Critique and display of Project 3: Typeface Design posters (attendance impacts your grade for this project)

FINALS WEEK: Poster pick-up time will be announced


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