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About the Course

This course for serious makers, and for students new to imagemaking. Imagemaking is a fluid and exciting area of graphic design that comes out of practice and process: experimenting fearlessly, showing and sharing ideas, and giving and receiving knowledgeable and constructive input. For the sake of this online platform, we have applied some structure to our investigations, but for the most part imagemaking is loose and unstructured. If we must adopt a rule in this course it is only this: you will not become a graphic designer by watching videos alone. Or, don't just make stuff just in your head. So here, the focus here is on making, and you are expected to devote serious time and intellectual energy to that activity in this course. Specifically, you will: - experiment with a range of materials and techniques to make images for graphic design - expand your visual vocabulary both in terms of making and talking about work, in order to discuss your work and work of others - learn how to make, manipulate and arrange images to create compositions, eventually culminating in the design and production of an-image-based book. The first half of the course is an opportunity to experiment and explore imagemaking in order to expand your visual vocabulary. You will create pieces that are expressive, meditative, or 'design-y' to instigate, evoke, experiment, record, explain, or try out a media. In the second two weeks, we’ll invite the images to deliberately and intentionally carry meaning and communication through relational moves like juxtaposition, composition, and context. We’ll look at developing and expanding the range of approaches for putting things together by composing page spreads with your images. Since nothing exists without context, we look at how to intentionally drive the image’s connotations, meanings, and associations generated through elements of composition and “visual contrasts.” Ultimately, we will take the images that you create and make a book from them. The results of your assignments (and experiments) may generate something completely unknowable now or in the future—and that's the goal....

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Oct 8, 2017

I'm so happy i did this course. Gail, you're amazing and you made my imagination go wild with just your words. I can see you love your craft and that's very inspiring. Enjoyed this course all the way!


Aug 18, 2018

This is more challenging that it seems. It forces you to think creatively and critically with a seemingly simple subject. I recommend this course for anyone who wants to work with their hands a bit

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By Haidar A

Jan 29, 2021

very informative and helpful,thanks!

By Gustavo P

Sep 26, 2016

Excellent course and specialization.

By Pranjal S

Jun 15, 2016

ONe of the best available courses :)

By Alisha T

May 31, 2016

Fun and informative. Very creative.

By Baron L

Jan 27, 2020

Great course really glad i took it

By Ahmed F e

Oct 20, 2018

good cores and useful for me?????

By magda

Jan 3, 2017

Very good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


By Abraham E

Jun 17, 2020

Thank you for this opportunity :)

By Oleksandra S

Jun 14, 2019

Interesting and unexpected topics

By Viktoria K

Jul 1, 2017

Make. its what about this course.

By carmina

Aug 9, 2016

Thank you ! awesome introduction!

By barry m

Oct 12, 2020

Loved this course, learned a lot

By ВахитоваСабина

Dec 22, 2016

Excellent and impressive course!

By Ali G M

Apr 30, 2022

useful knowledge .....thank you

By Pradhusha C

Oct 31, 2020

It was really a good experience

By Qamar A A

May 3, 2018

very nice course and intresting

By Rosa L B

Feb 15, 2022

This course helped me so much

By Roxana A S

Feb 21, 2017

Good course! Nice experience!

By Jessika G

Aug 10, 2016

Excellent I really enjoyed it

By Daniel D

Apr 15, 2016

Great course!! Thanks again!!

By Jane R R S A

Mar 13, 2017

Very interesting and useful

By Yuri G

Feb 15, 2017

everything is great. thanx

By Béatrice A

May 1, 2016

it is a fantastic course !

By whoop d w

Oct 16, 2022

Very informative course.

By Deleted A

Aug 2, 2022

Great and helpful coures.