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Graphic Design

Making things look good. Design is present in every aspect of our lives, and therefore has many different branches. This course will focus on the visual side – how do you make something look good? How do you convey the hierarchy of information through visual elements? How do you increase the aesthetics of a product? At the end, you should be able to take any idea or content, and turn it into a graphical masterpiece. (Design-wise, that is. We're not trying to paint the next Mona Lisa.)

Prerequisites: Software or tools to create graphics with. Or a really, really strong imagination.

[Design] Mass

We have so far looked at the most important proper...

[Design] Hierarchy

Now that we’ve discussed the fundamental vis...

[Design] Gestalt Principles of Perception

The first step for creating hierarchy, is grouping...

[Design] Figure-Ground

The first step towards ranking the elements in our...

[Design] Layering

Once the figure-ground relationship has been estab...

[Design] Grid

Grids are the basis of every design. Before I intr...

[Design] Contrast

Contrast allows our eyes to see; without it, every...

[Design] Alignment

Following contrast, alignment is the strongest pri...

[Design] Proximity

Together with alignment, proximity is the second s...

[Design] Repetition

We’ve already seen the importance of repetit...

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