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GD (Graphic Design)
203
010890
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
History of Graphic Design
History of Graphic Design
College of Design
Graphic Design/Industrial Design (12GDID)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Distance Education (DELTA)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Deborah Littlejohn
Assistant Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Delivery FormatPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
LEC120120Non/a


Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
Events, ideas, movements, designs and individuals that have historical significance and influence on contemporary graphic design and the graphic design profession. Concentration on graphic design of the last 100 years.

Semester offering and GEP review.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Visual & Performing Arts
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
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Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
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Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
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Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
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Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Analyze significant graphic design practices, people and works of design
 
 
Example Written Assignment: Judge a Book by its Cover — book design investigation (100 points)

It's one thing to see pictures of beautiful rare books in a lecture, but quite another to hold one in your hands and scan its pages, in person, first-hand. It really is a treat!

For this Assignment, library staff have placed a selection of NC State's rare books on reserve, especially for YOU. During this time (Jan 17–30), you can go to D.H. Hill Special Collections (2nd Floor) or the Design Library at Brooks Hall during open hours to peruse these most beautiful of books.

Choose a book from this list: << link >> Note: some books on the list are located only in Special Collections; others are in the Design Library, Hunt, or D.H. Hill in the general circulation.You can select another book that is somehow special in terms of its design (such as one discussed in the lectures), but you must request permission to review any book not on the list.

Your Post will be 1000–1500 words, and your own ideas and original opinions. Follow all advice about organization, good writing and proper spelling (as described in the Syllabus).

Post your analysis on WordPress according to the instructions. For your research, consult books, articles and websites. Be sure to properly credit all ideas not your own or any uncommon facts. Cite any references you use at the end of the Post. Follow all advice about organization, good writing and proper spelling as outlined in the Syllabus.

There are two parts to write about in this Assignment:
In the first (subjective) part, think about and write about your experience with viewing the book, such as:

What is my first visual impression of the book?
What is the physical nature of the book? Size, weight, binding, paper
How do I sense the book? Look, touch, smell, hear (don't taste!)
What about the physical nature of the book interests me?
What is interesting about the design? Typography? images? cover? layout? etc.

In the second (objective) part, research and answer the questions below (some questions may not be pertinent to your book, so write about the ones that are appropriate):

(everyone must answer this question) Why is this book in the collection? Why is it important enough to collect?
What is this book valued for? (may be more than one thing) subject matter, author, design, age, writing, illustrations, printing, previous owners,
where produced?
Is this book mentioned in books about the history of books and printing (Z 250 section of the library)?
How does this book fit in with general 'History'? Printing history? Art/design history? History of a discipline ?, etc.
Is this book an example of something special? a beginning, an end, a particular style, etc.?
Is this book part of the development of something?
If there are important individuals involved in the book's making, who are they?
Is this book connected with any other books in the collection? In a series, by the same author? By the same designer? About the same subject? etc. Does this answer add to the book's importance?

Include at least one (1) image of this book (picture of the cover or an interesting spread). Credit all pictures and ideas not your own. List all sources used in your discussion at the end of your Post as a Bibliography. You can either snap a photo of the book yourself, or you may be able to find images online.
 
 
Interpret and make critical judgements about how technology (production processes), aesthetics (visual languages), and design principles enable graphic design to communicate to audiences
 
 
Example Written Assignment: Navigating Space Assignment — Digital or Analog (50 points)

For this assignment, you will write a Post on WordPress about either: 1) a designed environment; or 2) a digital navigation system (Website, mobile app, wayfinding application, etc.). You can write about any environment or system of your choice — but it must be one that you are able to see or visit in person, or can try out for yourself. There are many examples located right here in the Triangle to choose from, but you can also review something located anywhere that you know you will visit between now and the due date (some suggestions are listed below).

If you choose to interpret and judge a physical space (e.g., a branded environment, a museum exhibition, a showroom or retail environment), your Post will be about what it's like to ‘be in the space’ — what does it look like? what choices did the designers make to communicate what activities are done in the space, or what the space is for, whether a branded environment or the content of an exhibition? what does the lighting, the materials and color choices, the displays, or object arrangements communicate about the subject? are there any choices in materials, displays or anything else that you would change to help people better understand that space?

If you choose to review a navigation/wayfinding system (e.g., street, highway, park signage system, GPS auto navigation system, a map of Raleigh, signage system for a museum exhibit, airport), discuss how easy it is to use the system — were you able to find your way to where you wanted to go? did you ever get lost along the way? did you ever question or have doubts about the direction you were supposed to be going? or did you wonder where you were going or where you would end up? what choices did the designer(s) make to help you find your way? can you offer any suggestions for improving the system?

You must be able to personally visit this environment and/or use this system 'in person.' Do not review a place that you have never been to, or a system or device you have never used — and therefore can't take your own photographs.

There is no minimum word count for this Post — as long as you describe the topic at hand, and your post is thoughtful, thorough, and explains your viewpoints, you will receive the 50 Assignment points.

Ideas for subjects (you can choose from this list, or decide on something else — as long as it relates to 'space design' or 'navigation systems'):

RETAIL & ENTERTAINMENT (Malls, Boutiques)
EXHIBITIONS
OTHER PLACES
 
 
Apply through analysis graphic design in its social and cultural contexts, and within the context of other work by the same designer and work by other designers of the same period
 
 
Example Written Assignment: Who's Who in Graphic Design — Biography Assignment (100 points)

The purpose of a Biography is to tell the story of an individual — in this case, their professional life as a designer.

Step 1: Write a 1000 – 1200 word post about the designer you have chosen. It is advisable to draft your Biography in MSWord (or another text editing program) before posting to WordPress, because you will be able to catch spelling and grammatical mistakes much easier. Please remember points are deducted for spelling and grammatical problems.

You must cite at least 3 sources. Do not use Wikipedia or any other type of 'short-answer’ sites (like ask.com, etc.) as a resource. Most importantly, do not simply 'copy-paste' text that has been written by someone else (this is is called plagiarism, and anyone who plagiarizes another author's writing will receive 0 points). You can, however, quote from other authors as long as you give proper credit and cite your source(s).

Include a portrait image of your designer (or the designer's studio, whatever you can find). Find an existing photograph (online or scanned from a book). Be sure to credit the owner/photographer of the image in the image caption (once you upload it to WordPress).

Step 2: curate (i.e., “carefully choose’) a portfolio of at least three different projects by your chosen designer. You must choose at least one (1) image for each of the three projects. You can search online or scan/photographs in books and magazines (be sure to credit where you found the pictures).

Create a new Post for each project. In your post, write about why you think that project belongs in the portfolio — for example:

is the project an important work for this designer (why)?
is the client who commissioned it important (how)?
does the project represent an exemplary design for a stylistic movement or time period?
does it use any notable innovations in technology, printing, or other method/technique?
or, do you just simply 'like' the project — and if so, why do you like it?

As with all posts, be mindful of your writing style and be sure to use proper grammar and spell check before posting. Credit all images with proper sources (whether book, internet, online database, screen shot, or any other source). Be sure to select a Category and a Featured Image for each post.
Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
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Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
none
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
none
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
none
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
none
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
no required textbook: supplementary material provided
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
see syllabus provided (uploaded)
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
none are required
No additional resources needing.

Student Learning Outcomes

Analyze significant graphic design practices, people and works of design


Interpret and make critical judgements about how technology (production processes), aesthetics (visual languages), and design principles enable graphic design to communicate to audiences


Apply through analysis graphic design in its social and cultural contexts, and within the context of other work by the same designer and work by other designers of the same period


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Quizzes10% each5 quizzes total 50%
Written Assignmentvaries50% total

aeherget (Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:27:24 GMT): AECHH: Adding SLOs and additional information at instructor and initiator's request via email, phone conversations, and in-person meeting 4/10/2018.
aeherget (Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:55:06 GMT): AECHH: Uploading updated syllabus at initiator's request based on friendly suggestions from CUE meeting on April 20, 2018, via email 4/20/2018.
aeherget (Mon, 30 Apr 2018 12:36:30 GMT): AECHH: Course approved at the April 25, 2018, UCCC meeting, initiator making edits based on friendly suggestions from the meeting.
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