Graphic Design

Textbooks: Graphic Design Solutions ISBN: 9781133945529
Skills Review: For practice, or review of skills, refer to any textbooks/videos used in previous courses/tutorials.
Reference: Online searches, research & in-class library
Video Resources: Tips & Techniques | Principles | Projects | Bottom of this page.
Course Length: 150 hours


Course Description

This course provides you with the opportunity to develop more complex, higher quality design projects. Many of the projects you will build in this course will and/or should become portfolio pieces. Along with the foundational skills gained previously, you will also utilize your research and review skills to expand on graphic design concepts and techniques. As an added bonus, the projects in this course also allow for the expression of more personal creativity.


Course Preparation

Your preparation for this course comes from the introductory courses leading up to this point. Now is the time to start pushing yourself further. Use all forms of resources to create well-developed, intelligent design solutions. Your available resources include: the internet, libraries, and all previous textbooks.


Perform Business Website & Class Server Hygiene:

  1. Remove all Photoshop Advanced textbook assignment links from your assignments web page (note: before deletion, you might want to save a copy of that older code for your archives)
  2. Do NOT remove the Photoshop Advanced final projects from your assignments web page
  3. Remove all of the Photoshop Advanced textbook assignments/data files from the class web server


Course Completion Requirements

Tasks & Projects

Complete ALL of the Tasks/Projects below. If necessary, Review Program Overview/Expectations. Note: Many projects in this sequential course use “adaptive release” in Blackboard. This means that acquiring access to certain projects/tests is dependent on completion, and submission, of all previous projects/tests.

File Management & Submission Process

  1. Server Set-up: On the class server, create a subfolder (inside your businesswebsite folder) named “graphic-design” (all lowercase, no spaces). Set this folder up once; part of the submission process requires that you initially upload your completed Graphic Design assignments there.
  2. Project Archives: Once a project is finished, always save, but do not submit, native .indd, .ai or .psd files. Keep your unflattened InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop files intact to preserve the useful benefits of layers and editable text for later project/client revisions. Native files should never be on, or uploaded to, the class server.
  3. Submission File Format(s): In this course a variety of formats, sizes and resolutions may be specified for submission by the projects/assignments. Whenever possible, submission files should be saved as flattened versions. Also disable “Preserve Illustrator, or Photoshop, Capabilities.”
  4. Update Your Local Website:
    • Copy the finished project/assignment file into your “graphic-design” subfolder AND…
    • Adjust all html/code (where necessary) in your “businesswebsite” to link that project file to your “assignments” page AND…
  5. Update Your Remote/Live Website:
    • Upload the finished project/assignment file into your “graphic-design” subfolder (using FileZilla/FTP) AND…
    • Update all html/code/pages (where necessary) in your “businesswebsite” to ensure that all new/modified links function AND…
  6. Submit a (tested/functional) link to your updated (remote/live) “businesswebsite” home page (using correct project DropBox) in Blackboard


Coursework 1: Graphic Design

Days: 5 | PCP 31


Video Tutorials: Graphic Design

Watch video(s) before starting related coursework/project below. These resources will help clarify complex topics and greatly reduce the learning curve for building your fundamental skills.


Project: GD-01-Logos

  1. Review: Relevant tutorials from Adobe Revealed Series or Lynda.com
  2. Read/Review: Graphic Design Solutions: CH12
  3. Review: Studio Skills: Creating and Submitting Your Thumbnail Sketches
  4. Download project-specific files and instructions:
  5. Complete Project: Create phenomenal things.
  6. Submit Project: In Blackboard, using steps outlined above.


Coursework 2: Graphic Design

Days: 5 | PCP 32


Video Tutorials: Graphic Design

Watch video(s) before starting related coursework/project below. These resources will help clarify complex topics and greatly reduce the learning curve for building your fundamental skills.


Project: GD-02-Menu

  1. Review: Relevant tutorials from Adobe Revealed Series or Lynda.com
  2. Read/Review: Graphic Design Solutions: CH03, CH06
  3. Review: Studio Skills: Creating and Submitting Your Thumbnail Sketches
  4. Download project-specific files and instructions:
  5. Complete Project: Create stunning things.
  6. Submit Project: In Blackboard, using steps outlined above.


Coursework 3: Graphic Design

Days: 5 | PCP 33


Video Tutorials: Graphic Design

Watch video(s) before starting related coursework/project below. These resources will help clarify complex topics and greatly reduce the learning curve for building your fundamental skills.


Project: GD-03-Invitation

  1. Review: Relevant tutorials from Adobe Revealed Series or Lynda.com
  2. Read/Review: Graphic Design Solutions: CH11
  3. Review: Studio Skills: Creating and Submitting Your Thumbnail Sketches
  4. Research/Read: Start your thought processes (about banner ads)
  5. Download project-specific files and instructions:
  6. Complete Project: Create stunning things.
  7. Submit Project: In Blackboard, using steps outlined above.


Coursework 4: Graphic Design

Days: 5 | PCP 34


Video Tutorials: Graphic Design

Watch video(s) before starting related coursework/project below. These resources will help clarify complex topics and greatly reduce the learning curve for building your fundamental skills.


Project: GD-04-Ad-Campaign

  1. Review: Relevant tutorials from Adobe Revealed Series or Lynda.com
  2. Read/Review: Graphic Design Solutions: CH03, CH06
  3. Read: Advertising and Logical Fallacies. Learn how Advertising works on our minds; improve your advertising vocabulary. Recognize selling techniques in action and consider using some in your projects.
  4. Review: Studio Skills: Creating and Submitting Your Thumbnail Sketches
  5. Download project-specific files and instructions:
  6. Complete Project: Create stunning things.
  7. Submit Project: In Blackboard, using steps outlined above.


Coursework 5: Graphic Design

Days: 5 | PCP 35


Video Tutorials: Graphic Design

Watch video(s) before starting related coursework/project below. These resources will help clarify complex topics and greatly reduce the learning curve for building your fundamental skills.


Project: GD-05-Magazine-Cov

  1. Review: Relevant tutorials from Adobe Revealed Series or Lynda.com
  2. Read/Review: Graphic Design Solutions: CH07, CH12
  3. Review: Studio Skills: Creating and Submitting Your Thumbnail Sketches
  4. Download project-specific files and instructions:
  5. Complete Project: Create phenomenal things.
  6. Submit Project: In Blackboard, using steps outlined above.


Coursework 6: Graphic Design

Days: 5 | PCP 36


Video Tutorials: Graphic Design

Watch video(s) before starting related coursework/project below. These resources will help clarify complex topics and greatly reduce the learning curve for building your fundamental skills.


Project: GD-06-Sales-Kit

  1. Review: Relevant tutorials from Adobe Revealed Series or Lynda.com
  2. Read/Review: Graphic Design Solutions: CH14
  3. Review: Studio Skills: Creating and Submitting Your Thumbnail Sketches
  4. Download project-specific files and instructions:
  5. Complete Project: Create stunning, sales support things.
  6. Submit Project: In Blackboard, using steps outlined above.

The next course in your curriculum will be Media Design 1. If you do not already have access to the course files in Blackboard, ask your instructor.


Video Tutorials: Graphic Design

Time Management is the Key!

These optional, but strongly recommended, resources for additional training will help clarify complex topics and greatly reduce the learning curve for building your fundamental skills. Definitely explore and utilize these helpful/educational resources between projects and before/after/outside of class. It’ll be some of the most productive homework you can do for your career!

Advice to the organized, wise students: Because there are many more hours of video tutorials than in-class viewing will feasibly permit, it is recommended that:

  1. Most in-depth viewing take place before/after/outside of class.
  2. Videos be selectively chosen/referred to for specific task/project relevance and skill level.
  3. Videos be treated as meaningful, scheduled “homework” necessary for realistic career growth.