GRAPHIC DESIGN: THE STUDIO → FALL 2020 → → → 



CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS

Ana Llorente + Mary Banas

“Neither culture nor its destruction is erotic; it is the seam between them, the fault, the flaw, which becomes so.”

—Roland Barthes

"The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is—it’s to imagine what is possible."

― bell hooks

“The most beautiful thing in Tokyo is McDonald’s. The most beautiful thing in Stockholm is McDonald’s. The most beautiful thing in Florence is McDonald’s. Peking and Moscow don’t have anything beautiful yet.”

—Andy Warhol

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OVERVIEW
 

Welcome to your first studio course.

This class will help you to forge the skills needed to make ideas into form, as well as to understand form as ideas. We will explore a variety of formal and conceptual methodologies.

The ultimate goal is a sense of control, foundation, and purpose for your craft. Mastery in Graphic Design not only consists of the development of technical craftsmanship but also of the capacity to think and discuss critically about the practice, as well as to use its knowledge and mediums to deeply explore other topics.

Visual communication has huge social, political, economic, and philosophical implications.

This is your class. It is the time and space to explore your aesthetic concerns and investigate your personal interests. Be self driven—the class will provide you with structure and you are expected to meet some requirements. You are also encouraged to push the boundaries. Challenge yourself, your classmates, and your instructor.

Assignments should not be taken as prescriptions, but as starting points - prompts aiming to catalyze your personal agenda, to start building your body of work, and to motivate your search for your own path as a creator.

Take this commitment seriously. 


A note on the state of the world and Covid-19:

→What urgent issues did the pandemic reveal?

→What should we be critically reflecting on?

→In what ways has the crisis become a call to action for design? In what ways should we be inactive?

→What are some strategies for adaptation and opportunity?


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PROJECTS

Graphic Lexicon

Graphic Lexicon is a four-week exercise in learning how to see. To be able to see is to first explore, then analyze, then translate. This is an opportunity to become deeply involved with a topic and through that involvement, engage in serious visual research and image creation.

What are many ways to create an image?

How do designers make meaning?

What’s the relationship between research and form-making?



Design Methodologies

The aim of this project is for students to be able to research, understand, and report back on a designer’s methodology for making, to emulate that methodology, and to take it somewhere new—or break it! This project will have a special emphasis on typography.

What are design methodologies?

Who are some historical and contemporary designers? What work and methods am I interested in?

How do I design using a method I define?


Working with graphic design history and contemporary practice, you will research, present, interpret, and challenge the work of an influential designer/artist, resulting in a series of posters.

Speculative Journey

The goal of this project is to ask “What if?” through the use of form and material and to use graphic design as an ideological form of inquiry.

What is speculative design? Who are some of its practitioners? Why does it matter?


This project asks you to “map” a speculative “journey”. You will first develop a conceptual matrix analyzing a journey, then craft a fictional narrative in written form, later you will design and collect a set of objects to illustrate your narrative, and last you will develop a “map” that brings your story to life.

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CALENDAR

Fall Term

September 02—December 15, 2020

This class is scheduled on Thursdays from 9am–3pm Pacific Daylight Time (USA)


Class Format

This class will meet online for the entire semester. Students will research, design, read, and write asynchronously in our remote community as well as participate in synchronous small group meetings, present and witness presentations from peers and professors, contribute to collaborative group work.

How can we connect in a remote setting?


We will discuss, watch, critique, and collaborate together. Students will access rich online archives, readings, and resources to support their work.

Our class is a community—respect others and enter our class community with an open mind.   


Goals of the Course

1—Development of formal and conceptual craftsmanship

2—Exploration of a variety of mediums and methodologies

3—Insight into the history of graphic design

4—Stimulation of critical position(s) toward the discipline

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Resources for this course:


Setting up your home studio (PDF via undergraduate Graphic Design)

✷ Suggested materials list for this course:
Below is a list to get you started. Any other art supplies you have on hand or are inspired to try are fair game! You will be making marks, so you don’t need lots of colors of ink or paint, one color is fine. Additional materials might come into play later in the semester but this is what we will be starting with. Let us know if you have any questions.

- Paper (a ream of regular printer paper or card stock, or a spiral bound sketchbook)
- Pencil (soft lead)
- Ink and/or paint (India ink, illustration ink, acrylic water based paint)
- Brushes of different sizes (cheap is good)
- Black markers of different sizes (Sharpie is good)
- xacto knife & cutting mat
- metal ruler

CCA Moodle (& tutorial)
CCA Library Graphic Design Research Guide

Elizabeth Goodspeed’s Spreadsheet of Collections (use the tabs at the bottom)
People’s Graphic Design Archive
Graphic Design Readings



Speculative Journey: Kyle Neal


Design Methodologies: Sora Won


Speculative Journey: Chloe Looker

Graphic Lexicon: Nick Lamkin


Graphic Lexicon: Nick Lamkin


Graphic Lexicon: Nick Lamkin


Design Methodologies: Sora Won

Some of the fall 2019 cohort featuring Ana and pizza.


Design Methodologies: Sora Won


Design Methodologies: Malik Sapp



Design Methodologies: Francis Shen


Graphic Lexicon: Kyle Neal

Design Methodologies: Malik Sapp


Design Methodologies: Madeleine Page






Speculative Journey: Dom Granato

Speculative Journey: All of the 2019 cohort


Design Methodologies: Yeqi Liu


Design Methodologies: Yeqi Liu



Speculative Journey: Kyle Neal


Design Methodologies: Fanni

Speculative Journey: Mitch 
Speculative Journey: anonymous masked person


Design Methodologies: a student presentation



Speculative Journey: 2019 cohort producing signage for exhibition
Design Methodologies: Kyle Neal


Design Methodologies: Kyle Neal

Design Methodologies: Francis Shen


Design Methodologies: Francis Shen


Design Methodologies: Francis Shen


Design Methodologies: Francis


Graphic Lexicon: Yeqi Liu

Design Methodologies: Madeleine Page


Graphic Lexicon: Kyle Neal


Design Methodologies: Malik Sapp




Speculative Journey: Fall 2019 class

Design Methodologies: Kyle Neal

Graphic Lexicon: Juan Pablo Rahal



Design Methodologies: Madeleine Page

Graphic Lexicon: Nick Lamkin

Design Methodologies: Sora Won


Design Methodologies: Francis Shen


Design Methodologies: Sora Won



Design Methodologies: Madeleine Page

Speculative Journey: Madeleine Page

Design Methodologies: Kyle Neal’s presentation on designer April Greiman






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