Grids and Layouts (DA2177.01)

Farhad Mirza

This course is a basic introduction to analog and digital layouts for poster design, book-making, cutouts, fold-outs, stencils and other things that require the arrangement of information relative to how it will be presented. Students will begin by working on handmade projects (on regular and gridded paper) with the help of rulers and cutting mats, and eventually move to digital layout methods (Adobe Illustrator and InDesign) that interface with household, professional and commercial printers. Assignments will include posters, (fake) book covers, mini-books, and zines. In addition to books made by hand, students will learn how to prepare files for large-format inkjet printing and risograph printing.    

Learning Outcomes:
- basic ability to organize and arrange information on a page using rulers and grids
- practice using the space on a page/surface, and manipulating formatting characteristics to vary the emphasis given to different pieces of information
- practice making mock-ups of prints that will eventually be bound or folded to check for line-ups, margins, and scale

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
T 8:30AM - 12:10PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: 2000 , All courses , Digital Arts , Four Credit , Fully In-Person