foundations graphic design


Fall 2005 - Fall 2008


Course Outline: Two-dimensional design fundamentals: concepts and processes. Studio problems are used to introduce concepts, vocabulary, and skills applicable to continued study in a variety of visual disciplines. Includes introduction to a variety of two-dimensional media and computer applications.

I invite my students to explore different media and create new visual relationships with the fundamentals of basic 2-Dimensional design. I encourage creative process and the development of a personal visual language through new exercises and activities.

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Shape Sheet


This project is inspired on the Bauhaus and uses simple geometric fragments as a principle for the construction of designed shapes. I like to call it a "two-dimensional lego". With the Shape sheet I introduce the topics of positive and negative space and designed shapes. The students collaborate on a mural with given cut-outs and compose designs using the shape sheet as a unit


download shape sheet and play! Print as many as you want, cut and organize.

Example of design with shape sheet

Collaborative mural made by students using the shape sheet

Collaborative mural (detail)




Students Examples


These are students' examples on the different elements of design: LINE, COLOR, SHAPE, VALUE and TEXTURE.

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