TEACHING | Graphic Design Project Examples

STA360 Graphic Design One

In this introductory to graphic design course I modified fundamental projects typically used in educating those new to the study of graphic design. Studies on line, shape, compositions, patterns, hierarchy, and color gave students a range of explorations into the practice of graphic design. Each project build on the student formal and technical knowledge. I most recently taught this course for the first time in Spring 2017.

STA365 Typography 1: Form & Meaning

This course introduces students to the study of letterforms, typography, and compositions. Projects are scaffolded in a way that moves student from a micro to macro view of the essentials in typography. Emphasis is on the history of typography, use of grid systems, practice of the typographic rules, and finally how design decisions inform hierarchy.

Music Genre Posters | STA365 Typography Two

Students created a poster that combines type and image as well as visually engages and informs an audience, peaking their interest and raising awareness of a music genre they selected.

Learning Objectives: Research and identify an influential movement which impacted the music genre you selected. Write design objectives and a concept statement that will inform your design decisions. Present your music genre to the class in a pecha kucha presentation. Explore typographic and graphic hierarchy through sketching and experimentation (avoid clichés).

Infographic Calendars | STA365 Typography Two

Students designed a logical system that is flexible and functional. The form (dimension/material) was be determined by the student and was to be appropriate for audience and content.

Learning Objectives: Represent time through a calendar year that is structurally, systematically, and sequentially organized. Explore unconventional typographic spatial structures to articulate a calendar system. Synthesize type and image to create a usable and flexible calendar experience.

Making Narratives | STA365 Typography Two

Students wrote a response to these questions: What is the first thing you remember making? How did it make you feel? Who was it for? Why do you make? What recent experience allowed you to learn about yourself?

Their narratives informed the materials they used to create an analog type design. This type was then used in a composition layout with the text of their narrative. Each student was responsible for a page in a collective broad sheet that was mass produced and dispersed in Kresge Art Center.


Playlist Book | STA365 Typography Two

Students made a list of 5 songs and wrote why the songs were important to them.

Using this collection of songs as content, they sourced or photographed images inspired by their playlist. Practicing methods of combining typography and image, they each design a booklet to show their collection in a sequence of pages. The booklets were printed in quantities of 30 and shared with each person in the class.

Branding Design |  STA466 Corporate Imagery

Students researched, wrote, and presented on a non-for-profit organization that supports a current issue related to the environment, education, health, social needs, and/or technology. Students developed a kinetic branding identity for the organization they selected.

Learning Objectives: practice research methods, write objectives and concept statements, diagram symbols, images, concepts in a mind map, create mood boards for inspiration, present your findings, identity design, use of concepts and objectives, iteration, sketching (analog and digital), literal vs abstract

EL2030 | STA466 Corporate Imagery

Students developed a kinetic identity system for the East Lansing 2030, Collegeville Re-Envisioned exhibition and applied their system to a poster, invitation, and website design.

Learning Objectives: working with a creative brief, morphological thinking (studies), kinetic systems (structure and use), combination of text, image, color, consistency across multiple formats