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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

May 21, 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.

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!

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By Béatrice A

May 1, 2016

it is a fantastic course !

By Nguyen H D

Feb 6, 2020

Such an inspiring course!

By fernanda v m

Jun 11, 2021

Excellent unit i love it

By Nicole

May 13, 2021

really nice and helpful!

By مريم ف ع ا ع ا

Jan 8, 2021

enjoyed with this course

By Sofía V d l T A L

Nov 25, 2020

This was a great course!


Sep 29, 2020

Great course. Thank you.

By Aadit S

Jun 27, 2016

great course once again!

By Mufizul I

Jan 28, 2017

Thanks for the lessons!

By Pamela F

Apr 29, 2016

This is a great course!

By Jagjit S

Oct 3, 2020

wow that's really cool

By Alvin B

Mar 3, 2020

This class was awesome

By Mat L

May 24, 2017

Great Hands on Course!

By Sadaf T

Feb 19, 2021

Very well explained.

By namrata

Sep 7, 2019

It's a good course .

By Xue D Y

Jul 2, 2016


By Eunice M A

Jun 5, 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 9, 2017

Excellent course!!

By kh. f

Feb 8, 2021

a creative course