Produce several portfolio projects, including logos, social media graphics, stationary, book/eBook covers, album covers, event posters, and email announcements
Assignments will be critiqued during class both by the instructor and during group critiques. You’ll incorporate the feedback into your work and finish the assignment in class, or outside of class as homework (you should expect to work outside of class). By the end of this class, we hope you’ll have at least 5 finished pieces for your portfolio. The instructor is available throughout the 6 classes to give feedback and advice on all projects both during and outside of class.
Design assignment: Choice of logo redesign for an existing company or create your own personal logo design.
Create two distinct design options for your logo.
Explore ideation and the creative design process
Logo exploration (Ritos del Sol, Vaya)
Learn logo drafting using the template feature in Illustrator
Introduction of Photoshop mock-ups
Sketching exercise. Learn to work quickly and creatively within fixed parameters.
What do colors mean?
How do designers use colors effectively
Color palates: we will explore how to choose appropriate color palates for different assignments
Design Assignment: Identity System
Finalize your logo to design an identity system using a "color study" and complimentary typeface. Use this visual system to either create a stationery design or social media graphics.
Design Assignment: Book/eBook Cover Redesign
Create either a book or eBook cover design for a re-issue of a famous piece of fiction. Use type and imagery to create a visually appealing cover that will entice a reader.
Historical Design Movements
Arts & Crafts
Design Assignment: Album Art Cover/Spotify Graphic
Create cover art for a band to be used for online purchases of music or streaming music services. Use a mixture of typography, imagery, and basic graphic elements, with consideration for different screen sizes and resolutions.
What goes first? Second? Last? And why?
Are there rules? How can we be creative within these rules?
We explore the who, what, where, when, and why of laying out information.
Learn about grid systems.
Design Assignment: Event Poster or Email Announcement
Students will design a poster or email announcement for an event. Designs should convey a concept relating to the subject, and use a clearly identifiable visual hierarchy.
Design Hero Slide Show
The instructor will show a brief slide show of past and present design visionaries
Portfolio Criteria & Revision
Ten points to consider when developing a professional Graphic Design portfolio.
Recommended book list
Revision, completion and collection of any final revised exercises or projects.
Subway Poster by Victoria Greiss
Brand Identity by Juliana Cooper
Book Cover by Juliana Cooper
Album Cover by Peter Lam
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Learn the fundamentals of graphic design at Noble Desktop, a leading graphic design school in NYC since 1991, by learning the applications and creating several projects.
About the Instructor
With 20 years of accomplishment in graphic design and advertising, Alfred Assin specializes in branding and identity. His work spans a wide array of industries, with clients including Douglas Elliman, Robert K. Futterman, GlaxoSmithKline, The Wynn Hotel & Casino, Cartier, Bass Shoes, and Maurice Villency. He has worked for top agencies such as Frankfurt Balkind and AgencySacks, as well as boutique firms like slover [AND] company and Graj + Gustavsen. He maintains his own freelance consultancy, Mr. Grey.
Graphic designers use Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, & Illustrator
Photoshop is the leading software for photo editing, color correction, and photo retouching.
With Photoshop you can also create graphics for print or web, design webpages and apps, create animations, and more.
Create Portfolio Projects
“Graphic Design Fundamentals is a great class for new or experienced designers. Alfred gives a perfect synopsis of graphic design history, influential graphic designers and great creative examples. I left the class with exciting new portfolio pieces and I highly recommend this class.” Victoria Greiss, Creative Director
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Design Real-World Projects
Learn the fundamentals of graphic design as you design and produce five real-world projects. Design and create a range of projects including a logo, social media graphics, books, album covers, stationary, and an event poster.
Students learning graphic design in class at Noble Desktop.
“This is a thoughtfully organized, well paced and delivered, practical course -- a sort of 'finishing school' for the graphic designer.”
Graphic Designer, American Thoracic Society
Attended the Graphic Design Fundamentals course
“From now on, when I think of "creative/graphics" training, I'll think of Noble. I loved the patience, knowledge, and professionalism of the instructor. I learned so much I feel I can now teach it :) Can't wait for my future classes.”
Instructional Systems Designer, Caliper Corp.
Learned the foundations of graphic design in Noble's design course
“Already working in the graphic design industry, this class was a great refresher course and helped me to remember why I chose to pursue graphic design as a career.”
Art Department Supervisor, Sherman Specialty
Learned key design concepts and processes in Graphic Design Fundamentals
“Graphic Design Fundamentals is a great class for new or experienced designers. Alfred gives a perfect synopsis of graphic design history, influential graphic designers and great creative examples. I left the class with exciting new portfolio pieces and I highly recommend this class.”