Graphic Design Principles for Photographers
Instructor: Glenn Ruga
6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Six consecutive Mondays starting September 14, 2020
Course fee: $475
One scholarship position available
Limited to ten students
This studio class will cover graphic design principles relevant to photographers creating photo books, magazines, catalogs, posters, websites, and other visual materials that present photographic images and text in a printed or digital format.
Foundations of two-dimensional design, typography, color, and layout principles will be explored. Students will begin with design exercises to explore the language of two-dimensional visual design: form, shape, line, motion, contrast, negative space, etc. The class will then move to both conceptual, practical, and technical exercises in typography, and finally working on a real design project.
While Adobe InDesign is the preferred design software, students can use any software they prefer including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or other design software. The instructor can offer expert level advice only with Adobe applications.
Homework will be assigned and presented in class for discussion.
Glenn Ruga is the founder of the Social Documentary Network and Executive Editor of ZEKE magazine. He is also the art director for ZEKE magazine and the former art director for LOUPE, the journal of the Photographic Resource Center. Ruga has an independent communications and design practice working with nonprofit and educational organizations (www.vizcom.com) and has an MFA in graphic and advertising design from Syracuse University.
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