digital design

ART 112A – Digital Design – Fall 2016
Friday, 1pm-4:50pm Valhalla, HAAB Rm 403

Welcome Digital Design Students – We will be working with 2D, interactive designs, 3d printing and motion graphics. Looking forward to hearing your ideas. You will get an email from me through Blackboard to help you get started. Peruse my actual RESOURCES page lots of cool stuff!!

FALL 2016 Syllabus to download
Thanks, email me if you have any questions! Prof. Deb Krikun

An exploration of basic elements and principles of two-dimensional design with an emphasis on the digital environment. Topics include line, shape, color, texture and pattern, rhythm, and sequence. Projects cover static, time-based, and interactive elements. Software includes Adobe Illustrator and Flash. No previous experience necessary.  Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill Extension Center.Contact hrs: 4.

ALL DIGITAL DESIGN ASSIGNMENTS can be found on the Digital Design Assignments page – CLICK HERE

The following information and website links are for inspiration and resouces only. Please view Digital Design Assignment page for what are the assignment deadlines and what is expected each week. Please email your questions.
Prof. Deb Krikun

Illustrator Tutorialsvideos demonstrating the tools


Case Study ExampleCase Study Example #2 | #1 | #2 |
Written Exam – 4-5 pages follow format of examples.

Design Resources: – #1 Bauhaus, #2 Artist Series,

resources: Explore the following examples: aiga | color | myfonts | designdump | typo | webby | veer | csszen | logo designs | alistapart | dexigner | wordle | wdl | support | logos | grid | layout |thirds | dafont |watercolors | type is fun | linotype | 3D Printing |

inspiration: logo designs tutorials: You will find online tutorials: pen tool | wordpress tutorial

 create a doodle page with the new illustrator tools!

– DESIGN and DRAW from observation of your found object –  use forms, positive/negative space and movement to create a unique expression.


The Dot and the Line
an appreciation of what vectors can do in design and story!


Design resources: aiga archives
Placement and organization of shapes to be well balanced as demonstrated in class examples: design_fundamentals

FORM and FUNCTION from IMAGE to 3D – 
tools covered: more EDIT tools, Type, Transform, Envelope options
resources: links for  logo design tutorials
examples: some links for type inspirations: paul rand,  examples, latin text for dummy copy (great for creating textures using type and to begin layout copy for magazines, etc remember to use word count in Word to specify space needed), fun type illustrations (flash

Logo + visual Identity : Evolution of creating a logo design from your found object, creating a branding identity. Historical overview of advertisement campaigns and designers who revolutionized the marketing industry
resources: logo tournament, developing a logo design, vector shapes into logo design, the process of developing a logo design

Participation in class discussions, completion of hands-on tutorials and assignments will help students produce a well-designed professional and creative expression. It is required that all students must email or call if they are unable to attend class. It is a common courtesy and a professional protocol. All work will be evaluated from the student’s WordPress site (WP). If you are absent on day of presentation, please email the status of the presentation being graded. Two “excused” absences are accepted. Unexcused absences will lower a grade on presentations. Presentation work needs to be submitted one week later. Evaluations of assignments are measured by:

• Weekly Journal Blog Entries (15) 5%
• Assignments (12 @5% using a point value system) 60%
• Weekly Participation and in-class Tutorials (Pass or Fail) along with at home BLACKBOARD Video Assignments 15%
• Midterm and Final Presentations (Oral and Written) 20%
•TOTAL 100%

Each week the four-hour studio class will be structured in the following sequence of instructional practices.

  • 1)    Presentation: explanation of contemporaries in the field of study related to the weekly assignments. Discussion of design concepts and how to develop the idea and apply the software technique as shown in examples given. Weekly class review of students progress measured through the WP student site.
  • 2)    Tutorials: software features, tools applicable to assignment, step-by step tutorials, and instructional note taking required. Podcasting tutorials online to help provide assistance out of class can be found on instructors WP site.
  • 3)    Individual instruction and/or assistance: weekly tutorial demonstrations and trouble-shooting issues with individuals.
  • 4)    Critique: Overview of questions for current assignment or upcoming assignment.

ONLINE RESOURCES below and on my Resources page


  • 1) Required to bring to each class meeting:  a USB Flash Drive for saving digital files and a CLOUD account (dropbox, google drive),
  • 2) Required to bring to each class meeting:  A spiral bounded journal (line or graph) and/or sketchbook.
  • 3) High-quality 13×19 ink-jet paper, not glossy – for hardcopy print portfolio examples
  • 4) Black vinyl bounded plastic sleeve portfolio larger than 13×19
  • 5) Create a WordPress site and upload all assignments and support documents (including sketches, links, etc)


One response to “digital design

  1. Each week you need to comment on the pros and cons of the assignment. Talk about the challenges of developing your personal expression. How difficult the software tools may be or what tools to use. Is the instructor giving you the best resources or guidance. Share these thoughts with the class.

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