Doing Graphic Design – A 5-week hands-on workshop


“Doing Graphic Design” will be a hands-on workshop in which participants learn basic principles of design & more specific technical tricks…through the making of original works. We will focus on crafting visual identities and graphic design for print, touching on simple illustration and typography. Each participant should come prepared with a project they want to do and learn through. Participants can choose to undertake a larger series or project collaboratively if this is desired.

5 classes of 2.5 hours each. The registration fee covers all 5 sessions. Students are expected to attend all of the sessions.

  • Tuesday May 1, 7:00-9:30pm
  • Tuesday May 8, 7:00-9:30pm
  • Tuesday May 15, 7:00-9:30pm
  • Tuesday May 22, 7:00-9:30pm
  • Tuesday May 29, 7:00-9:30pm

Class 1

  • Introducing and discussing our projects
  • What is design? 
  • Examples of rad design throughout the ages 
  • Project briefs: defining your project needs, tools, timelines, goals & stakeholders
  • Basics of photoshop and illustrator

Class 2

  • Crafting Visual Identity: choosing type, colour & illustration
  • Formatting images for print & web.
  • Basics of photoshop and illustrator cont’d 

Class 3

  • Basics of typography (key terms & tips and design-historical references) & layout
  • Basics of photoshop and illustrator cont’d

Class 4

  • Tools for critiquing representations in visual media 
  • Examples of design that empowers
  • Group feedback on each other’s work

Class 5

  • Finishing up your project 
  • & best practice on organizing your many image files