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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 Adrien M

Jan 24, 2020

wonderful course!

By Kristina K

Apr 12, 2018

Very creative! :)

By Stefan C

Aug 9, 2017

very interesting.

By Deb S

Jan 27, 2017

Excellent course.

By Natalia S

Jul 3, 2016

Muy recomendable.

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By Mahmoud M

Jun 24, 2020

Wonderful course

By Maria J B V

Aug 14, 2017

Excellent course

By Pamela D

Jan 4, 2017

Excellent course

By Muhammad F K

Jul 12, 2020

good challenge.

By Manuel A R S

Feb 18, 2019

Very practical

By Tushar G

Apr 15, 2021

Great course.

By Yujie Z

Dec 31, 2020

Learned a lot

By Владимир К

Jul 26, 2016

Great course!

By Pedro M P R

Jul 14, 2016

Great course!

By Mohand G

Sep 6, 2018

very helpful

By maria K

Sep 25, 2017


By Yuhua Y

Sep 10, 2017

good materia

By Aditya A C

Feb 14, 2021

best course

By nudrat n

Feb 13, 2021

best course

By Yunus Ç

Jul 27, 2020

Thx for all

By Ahmed O

Jan 12, 2020

nice course

By Mahmoud K

Dec 16, 2019

Good course

By Alexander S

Jul 14, 2019

nice course

By Marco A V R

Mar 27, 2019