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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 Stacey J J

Jun 11, 2020

fun course - lots of hands-on assignments and the videos did a good job explaining the concepts.

By Winnie W

Jul 14, 2017

More theory and example will give students more detail about image making. Not only a notion.

By Mohamed K E S

Jun 26, 2017

again for this kind of course, peer review isn't really effective.

but the content is nice.

By Mustafa O Ç

Apr 8, 2017

Thanks for this creative course that learned us different ways andaspects of image making.

By Verasha N

Mar 17, 2021

This course helped me to tell a story or convey a message through the use of images.

By Chris

May 10, 2020

Great video content. Assignment targets can be difficult to understand at times.

By Kolya K

Feb 16, 2018

Nice course of superb specialization. Wish it could be a little more detailed.

By Lisa H

May 21, 2017

Nice, hands on course where you really get to the practical parts of design.

By ben

Mar 8, 2019

Good start for anyone trying to learn image making techniques and zines.

By أسامة م

Jul 27, 2020

It is an open ended course totally different from any ordinary course

By Saúl E T H

Oct 6, 2020

I liked it, is very creative, but is much teory and a bit confusing

By Imsüjungla

Oct 22, 2020

I learned a few interesting methods for helping my imagination run

By Utku K

Jul 28, 2016

Good course, maybe more detailed information would be better.

By Nicole S

Jun 4, 2018

Very good course for the amount of time they spend with you.

By Kaiva J

Jun 5, 2016

Loved it. More non graded assignments would have been great.

By Marie A

May 16, 2016

I started 2 Hours ago.... it's amazing, such good teachers !

By Daniel M

Dec 16, 2018

Nice lectures and assignments. Also provided good resources

By Tabitha A J

Sep 28, 2020

Loved the Course! Enjoyed Working on the Assignments!

By Thasni T

Oct 8, 2020

I love this course because it made me think a lot❤️

By Julia R

Jun 15, 2018

Great course if you want to practice image making!

By Hung C F F

Jan 8, 2020

Pretty informative on the subject, inspiring also

By Aditi A

Nov 4, 2020

amazing courses, learnt a lot about imagemaking!

By Karen

Sep 30, 2016


By Naomi M H

Oct 12, 2019

Great methods for development.

By Khan Z A

Aug 4, 2020

Had a great time learning