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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....

Top reviews


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 Lucelene A d M

Aug 20, 2020

Muito bem elaborado, excelente explicações e material claro.

By SaSha D

Jun 17, 2019

Fun and very informative. Good hard work that is productive!

By Konstantinos A

May 1, 2018

Awesome course, lets you get exactly the use of imagemaking!

By Tomás G D

Mar 27, 2021

excellent, very creative homeworks and professional skills.

By Barbara C d S

Aug 16, 2020

Excellent material, made me learn a lot about image making.

By Aya B A E A

Jun 26, 2020

I loved it so much, I learned a lot of things :)) thank you

By Leonardo D O (

Jun 10, 2020

Love this course. And all the Graphic Design specialization

By MPearsall

Aug 11, 2021

Excellent material, resources, and instruction. Thank you.

By Aleksandar J

May 19, 2019

I've learned a lot throughout this course. I recommend it!

By Andre M O

Aug 28, 2016

They say a picture can speak a thousand words. It is true!

By Ampol A

Dec 26, 2017

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By Beatriz G F

May 6, 2016

Outstanding class. Very dynamic, inspiring and creative.


Oct 3, 2021

it was good experience . i have learned new things .

By Anand V

Jun 27, 2018

Getting knowledge on image making is really good for me

By Jennifer A P

Oct 21, 2022

Great practice and good information to carry forward.

By Irina U

Mar 25, 2019

Nice course, really makes you learn, think, overthink!

By Justina S

Jan 31, 2018

Interesting course, i loved the challenges it gave me.

By Joel S A

Sep 8, 2016

This course is superb! Thank you for offering it here.

By Aalaa W A

May 2, 2021

i like this course cause it make my imagination widly

By Miguel A P B

Aug 2, 2020

It is a very useful and inspiring course. Recommended

By Chelsea R

Jul 16, 2019

Probably the most I learnt about Image-making so far.

By Carlos G

Sep 27, 2016

Excellent, It was a really good course. I recomend it

By Dee M

Sep 14, 2016

Really, really enjoyed this course - very insightful

By Muhammad R

Jul 19, 2021

If you are an artist, it's just to take the course.

By Tetiana M

Jul 5, 2021

Thanks for this course. I enjoyed making a book!!!