I see my working title as being two fold. I am a design educator first and foremost, but this is inexorably linked with my work as a visual communicator.
Having a breadth of over twenty years practical experience is an asset that I rely upon regularly as design educator.
I passionately believe in empowering students with knowledge and skills to develop strong conceptual approaches to visual storytelling and it is clearly evident that I can impart more by the way of example; this is where my professional practice and role as an academic intertwine.
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ILLUSTRATION FOR DESIGNERS
This Intermediate level, studio-based course will introduce the student to illustrative visual communication placing emphasis on personal investigation and discovery through experimentation with a variety of media and techniques.
Students will be encouraged to create a body of work and conceptual illustrations, whilst considering their practical application. This learning provides a holistic approach in informing a visual voice and underpins the creative strategies applied in further creative practice.
HISTORY OF DESIGN
Students focus chiefly on the history and development of graphic design. This course facilitates in locating, critically evaluating and presenting a variety of historical information from a variety of sources.
Through an active learning strategy this course intends to engage students with design’s vast visual library and its social, political and technological contexts in order to underpin creative practice. Contemporary designers take inspiration from many sources and exploring graphic design’s past is one proven method of expanding visual vocabulary.
This course introduces the theory and practice of using type as a tool for communication, visualisation and presentation within the context of a single page design. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of type classification knowledge and the various principles of layout such as space, balance, hierarchy, grid structure and text treatment.
Through lectures, assignments and in-class critiques, students learn to develop practical applications of typography and demonstrate type as a tool for visual communication. This learning will form the foundation for further studies in Typography 2.