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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 09, 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!


May 22, 2019

Very useful course. Really puts you to practice. I learned a lot and feel encouraged to continue. Reviewing other peer's work was inspiring and gave me fresh ideas about what I could have done better.

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By ВахитоваСабина

Dec 22, 2016

Excellent and impressive course!

By Qamar A A

May 03, 2018

very nice course and intresting

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 14, 2017

Very interesting and useful

By Yuri G

Feb 15, 2017

everything is great. thanx

By Béatrice A

May 01, 2016

it is a fantastic course !

By Nguyen H D

Feb 06, 2020

Such an inspiring course!

By Aadit S

Jun 27, 2016

great course once again!

By Mufizul I

Jan 29, 2017

Thanks for the lessons!

By Pamela F

Apr 29, 2016

This is a great course!

By Alvin B

Mar 03, 2020

This class was awesome

By Mat L

May 24, 2017

Great Hands on Course!

By namrata

Sep 07, 2019

It's a good course .

By Xue D Y

Jul 02, 2016


By Eunice M A

Jun 05, 2020

really cool course!

By Mugdha B

May 15, 2020

Absolutely amazing!


Nov 20, 2017

It's a great course

By Priscila G

Nov 17, 2017

Super fun course :)

By Tigran G

Nov 13, 2017

Learn a lot of new!

By Yeon J L

Jun 20, 2016

Good for beginners!

By Adele

Sep 18, 2017


By Rosa P M V

Aug 09, 2017

Excellent course!!

By Abdullah B G

Sep 03, 2020

amazing learning.