Design for Print


Course Information

Course code: DESN33672
Term offered: Third year, second term

Course Description

Have a story to tell? Is there a subject that consumes you? This course is geared towards students interested in creating experimental or traditional books, zines or graphic novels using text and their own imagery. We will refine page layout and typographic skills, using both traditional and experimental design approaches, while focusing on visual storytelling and the experience of a book as a performance.

Assignments

Assignment One

We?ll begin by designing 3 totally different layouts using the same text and images. Applying different style sheets, page proportions and a grid will assist in exploring a broad range of design possibilities. Please note: the examples here represent the kinds of projects that could be created in this course, rather than specific examples of each project.

Assignment Two

Students will design, layout and produce a multi-page narrative book, zine or graphic novel using their own imagery. Texts may be original, or credited to the author(s). Work may be traditionally laid out and printed as a full-colour, hard or soft cover book, or as a more experimental, sculptural narrative, using non-traditional presentation formats, mixed media, materials and binding methods. If you loved Surface Design, bring it on! Please note: the examples here represent the kinds of projects that could be created in this course, rather than specific examples of each project.

Assignment Three

Students will analyze the style and content of their book to determine it’s audience, and how to promote it. They will then produce a promotional ad or poster for their book’s launch. Please note: the examples here represent the kinds of projects that could be created in this course, rather than specific examples of each project.