Welcome to our class website at http://hargrovecourses.com/graphicdesign1/

We will be using this blog site and Canvas for all our assignments, homework, syllabi, downloads, and links to cool inspiration. Watch this video and tell me in the comments section below, what do you want to learn from this course and what impact has Graphic Design had in your life up to this point? Also, have a think about what particular Graphic Design campaigns have been effective on you.

Email from the summer:


Dear Students,

I hope this message finds you and your families well during these challenging times.  I am really looking forward to working with you this fall.  

I am writing to let you know that due to the circumstances in which we find ourselves, our Fall 2020 class Graphic Design 1 will be taught virtually. This class is perfect for a virtual model and is normally set up as a Blended Course where a lot of the instruction is conducted through video tutorials (usually every ‘ Online Wednesday’ class had a set of tasks and tutorials for you to complete on Canvas.) However, this semester, the course will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous online content using WebEx and Teams. There is a computer lab you can access  in the art building if you want to be ‘in class’ while you are also with me on Webex. I will be asking you to use headphones and mics in that case, and sometimes you might find it easier to join class via Webex on your phone or another device, so you can more easily see your design software on your computer. Unless you have a dual screen set up for your computer you would be switching back and forth a lot and that can get a little annoying after a while. Also, I can easily help you with your designs by having you ‘share your screen’. Here I can safely be able to interact with you. So, I will no longer be helping you with your design work at your computer station in the lab, using your mouse etc,  instead, when working virtually, I can help more safely and effectively via webex, as you share your screens and show me your work. Often I will be sharing my screen and walking you through a step by step tutorial, showing you a powerpoint or introducing a new concept. All in all,  I think it will work out very well, and will be very similar to the normal in-class experience, since we are normally on computers anyway. 

For now, check out our class website:  http://hargrovecourses.com/graphicdesign1.  I will be updating the syllabus this month, changing some details of the assignments to suit our virtual mode even better,   you can check out the assignments and past projects and get a sense of the content. 

While we plan to employ these modalities for our Fall 2020 class at this time, I recognize that we may need to be flexible as the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 in our community change.  I am confident that even under these unique circumstances, however, we will build a strong academic community and have dynamic, engaging, and thought-provoking conversations.  I look forward to seeing you in September and to our work together this fall. 

Don’t hesitate to ask questions and if you think everyone would like to know the answer hit reply all.

Hello Graphic Design 1 !!

14 thoughts on “Hello Graphic Design 1 !!

  • August 27, 2019 at 10:49 am
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    Graphic design has impacted my life through the commercial products that I come in contact with everyday like T-shirts, water bottles, and company logos. Some of the designs that I have been drawn to designs are those that combine bright colors and text. I am hoping to gain an understanding of the graphic design qualities to create repeating patterns.

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  • August 27, 2019 at 9:47 pm
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    I want to learn how to make ideas into visualizations, and also how to create more digital art. Graphic design has had an impact on my life by being everywhere that I go. My father studied graphic design in Colombia but was not able to finish his degree. But recently he showed me his old projects from when he went to college and it was very eye-opening that graphic design might be in me too. Plus I always enjoyed seeing different styles that marketing makes. Designs that I enjoy to see are a combination of design and illustration, with vibrant and pastel colors.

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  • August 27, 2019 at 11:53 pm
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    I would love to learn about using different types of tools to create different types of arts. Graphic design impacted my daily life because it is part of our everyday life. Whether it is a logo of the makeup you put on in the morning, advertisement that you hear from tv. I think there are so many graphic design that are envolved in our world.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 7:55 am
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    Graphic Design has had a strong impact on my life up to this point because it impacts the way we, as consumers, view and process the world. Over the 2017-2018 period, I interned with a start-up travel company called Jetzy, a social platform based in New York City. I worked closely with the CEO to build a corporate brand image, manage the app’s social media outreach, and develop a sponsorship campaign with Emirates Airlines. Additionally, I served as the Social Media and Marketing Intern at the social impact organization Lead with Love (2018). Graphic design has enabled me to compete in the job market and is also a rewarding way to create original art and refine photographs. There is not a single graphic design campaign that comes to mind, but I am currently inspired by the Norwegian designer and content creator Andreas Hem.

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  • September 13, 2020 at 9:51 am
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    Graphic design is a subject that I have always found interesting, but I feel like I’m very intimidated by the technological aspect. I’m hoping that by learning how to use some of the programs we will use in this class I can open up new doors to art and design. Graphic design is seen in nearly every aspect of everyday life through television commercials to product design. I love that this form of art is so widely used and widely accepted around the world, but I feel like sometimes it can be very under appreciated. Images and patterns can be used to break language barriers and therefore serve as an incredible way to reach a broad audience.

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    • September 14, 2020 at 12:58 pm
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      Oh you will be a tech expert by the end of this class! 🙂

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  • September 13, 2020 at 5:32 pm
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    Graphic design has always been of interest to me, I’ve always loved art but felt a significant draw to visual design. Every day we interact and make decisions that are influenced and decided primarily by visual design which offers constant inspiration. I am definitely interested in learning how to take my ideas and inspiration and creating visualizations that I want to see in the world. Typography specifically has always been one thing I’ve enjoyed working with and am excited to see how I can incorporate and utilize it in my work this semester. I come from a family of designers and am constantly inspired by their work and am excited to create visualizations and designs of my own. In this course I hope to really maximize the resources and tools to help me become a more well rounded designer and create things that I will enjoy, and hopefully other people will, too. I feel particularly drawn to and find inspiration from Art Deco style and flat style design. In terms of branding, I really like the brand design of Refinery 29. They have a minimalistic approach but still have a very visually interesting representation of their company that appeals to what their intended consumers might be drawn to. Similar to this brand, I tend to like simplicity over complexity but I am excited to explore both this semester.

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    • September 14, 2020 at 12:57 pm
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      Wow cool Emma, coming from a home of designers 🙂 You probably know some stuff already is my guess. We have quite a bit of Typography info in this class, lots of potential for you to try new things you are not so used to.

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  • September 14, 2020 at 12:08 pm
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    “What do you want to learn from this course and what impact has Graphic Design had in your life up to this point? Have a think about what particular Graphic Design campaigns have been effective on you.”

    I’ve been looking forward to this course for quite a while and I am very excited to learn about graphic design soon. I expect to learn the importance of visualization and the way the human eye perceives things. I took a couple courses on LinkedIn Learning about graphic design and I learned it’s important for the viewer to understand what is going on in a campaign. The design shouldn’t be cluttered or boring, but somewhat simplistic and interesting. Typography I believe will absolutely be one of the most important features in graphic design. I’ve took a couple art studio courses with Rachel Simmons that dealt with printmaking and I realized how there are millions of fonts to explore and use in a piece. Shape and color are also important elements we will learn about. I know for sure it’s important to learn what color compliments each other and what mixture of colors evoke a certain mood. Shapes may also evoke certain “emotions” such as how spikes or zig zags may represent intensity or how round shapes may represent tranquility. Even though some will say “never judge a book by it’s cover” I believe the cover is essential to attracting a reader’s attention. The visualization may foreshadow the events in the story and can overall be really cool looking. It’s also like being attracted to a really pretty girl, once you get to know her you may like her even more. I unfortunately do not remember particular design campaigns that has affected me, however, I have created campaigns of my own. Using canva, I’ve created posters and logos for clubs and even Instagram stories to attract people’s attention. One poster in particular was an advertisement for an e-sports club at Rollins. I had it print in high quality paper and posted it around the campus. The club started out with only about 4 people including myself, though after creating the poster, the club had at least 20 people wanting to join. Graphic design is one of the things I’d like to do in the future. Creating a message, solving a problem, whilst inspiring people is something I wish to do in my lifetime. If you would like, I can show you some samples of graphic design works I’ve done in the past. Thanks for listening.

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    • September 14, 2020 at 12:54 pm
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      Sounds fun Tracy. I would lvoe to see your poster if you want to show it to me one day.

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  • September 14, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    Graphic design is everywhere, and is pretty powerful. From book covers wanting to interest you enough to give it a try, to advertisements to make you want to eat Doritos, it has an impact on everyone’s life. I want to learn design concepts, industry standard tools, the effect and choosing of fonts, shape effectiveness, and more.

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  • September 15, 2020 at 6:11 pm
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    I have been looking forward to taking this course for a while as I am very excited to learn the graphic design programs taught. I know that a knowledge of these programs is a super valuable and useful skill and I cannot wait to add them to my portfolio! I am very excited to use the skills I acquire in this course as a way to further my technique and make my production of art more efficient and professional.
    Graphic design is everywhere! I think the way it affects me the most is probably in the form of marketing – even though I would rather not admit it. I am super susceptible to pretty branding and a good design. One example of this – even though it may seem silly – is my love for the chipotle app. It is impeccably designed if you happen to use it. The graphics are super pleasing and cohesive and the graphics even correspond with the way it functions.

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  • September 15, 2020 at 6:18 pm
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    In this class, I want to learn how to utilize graphic design programs to their full potential. By taking intro to digital media last semester, I learned a lot about many of the adobe programs but I don’t feel fully comfortable with them just yet, especially photoshop. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed that class and I was left wanting to know more. I am excited to learn how to take the basic tools in the programs to another level to create interesting pieces of artwork. Creating digital art kind of intimidates me because I’m pretty uncomfortable with it so I am definitely looking forward to overcoming this fear of a digital canvas. Graphic design makes a huge impact on my life because it is everywhere and in everything I see. I have definitely found myself buying some products just because I really liked the packaging. Aesthetics are a huge part of our world and knowing how to design things to appeal to a certain group is definitely very important when it comes to marketing. Anyways, I’m super excited for this class this semester!

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  • September 16, 2020 at 10:00 am
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    I recently picked up a Communications minor because I would like to keep the possibility of going into media and PR open. I’ve always been into sketching and would consider myself decent at it, but have always wanted to learn how to graphically design and software/programs. I’d like to build up my experience and potentially a portfolio throughout this semester. I follow several digital graphic designers and content creators on social media because I just find their style so fascinating! Additionally, my best friend and I began planting the seed to create a podcast last semester prior to campus closure, so we plan on picking up where we left off, and it would be nice to have some sort of knowledge when brainstorming for logo and branding ideas.

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