Re: [IxDA] Cooper U course - visual design

22 Aug 2010 - 12:52pm
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Helen Killingbeck

Hi Nick:   Glad to hear that you teach the visual design class.  Could you provide more detail as to what you teach in the Visual Design Course?  I've been wanting to take the course but of course need to justify the expense.  What background knowledge do you find most people have who enroll in the course.  What are the problems that the course can help a person solve?

On Sat, Aug 21, 2010 at 4:27 PM, nickmyers <> wrote:

I'm a designer at Cooper and happy to chime in and answer any questions you may have

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23 Aug 2010 - 1:30pm

Hi Helen,

The class helps visual designers create better interface designs. It's also useful for visual designers, interaction designers, developers, and PMs that need to be able to understand, discuss, and evaluate visual interface designs.

We introduce basic topics like typography, color, branding, and imagery. We spend more time discussing concepts like visual hierarchy, association, information design, and iconography to create better interface designs. All content is specific to visual design for the screen.

We also discuss visual design process (research, visual strategy, through to style guide documentation), deliverables, and methods for better collaboration. While it's not specifically covered in class I like to spend some time on tools also.

Clearly, that's a lot that we cover in two days so we don't go deep into everything but participants find value in most, if not all, of the class.

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