The class will be taught in two sections. The first part is learning the fundamentals of design: contrast, color, choosing typefaces, how to use photos and illustrations, as well as brainstorming, planning your project, and preparing your design for printers or for the web. We will look at samples of both good and bad design. A LOT of information is covered and handouts will be provided.
The second portion of the class will be using the computer lab. Taking a project that we brainstormed in the first part of the class, each participant will create his/her own design using software that most people are familiar with - Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop. If participants have questions about using professional design software (Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.), the instructor will be happy to answer them.
Participants are encouraged to bring in a past, current or future project for discussion and ideas. At the beginning of class, the students are asked what they hope to get out of the class. The instructor tailors the information to the particpants' needs.