PUB 331: Graphic Design in Transition: Print and Digital Books
Building on the principles learned in PUB 231: Graphic Design Fundamentals, this course is a comprehensive look at book design practices, in both print and digital media. Students further investigate typography and formats to better understand how they help organize and convey information.
This is a hands-on course divided into a lecture and a lab session each week. Through lectures, in-class exercises, projects, required readings, and critiques, students gain a greater understanding of the relationship between content and form. While working on their projects using the design process, students develop a deeper understanding of hierarchy, grids, rhythm & pacing, typography, and the visual relationship between type and graphics. The course also covers design issues such as: art direction & production; book design history; conceptual thinking; and readability & legibility.
Prerequisite: PUB 231 or equivalent.
Sample Assessment Breakdown
- Typographic Exercise 5%
- Book Design Assignment 1 20%
- Book Design Assignment 2 30%
- Reading reflections (x 2) 15%
- Essay 20%
- Attendance & Participation 10%