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Adobe Illustrator: Fundamentals of Graphic Design

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Class Description

Effective immediately in response to COVID-19, most Technology Training classes will be delivered online until further notice.

In advance of each session, Tech Training will provide you with a Zoom link to your class, along with any required class materials.

In this session you will have the opportunity to learn the elements and principles of design to become a stronger designer. Topics covered include design terminology, tricks of the trade for winning compositions, and history of graphic styles.

This is the second session of the Stanford University Technology Training Graphics learning path proficiency certification. This learning path includes six sessions and a final exam challenge. In order to obtain your certificate of completion, you must attend at least three of the sessions in the learning path and successfully pass the final exam challenge.

Course Prerequisites
Have either taken the previous classes in the Adobe Illustrator Typography and Text Manipulation learning path, or have equivalent experience of the topics taught.

Course Goals

  • Learn logo, branding, and layout terminology
  • Learn about color theory and composition
  • Learn about important graphic designers
  • Collect a list of inspirational resources
  • Demonstrate your understanding of the course topics by passing the learning assessment

Course Description
Learning elements and principles of design will improve visual interest and make you a stronger designer. We'll cover:

  • Professional graphic design terminology to boost your vocabulary and understanding
  • Tricks of the trade for winning compositions and readability
  • Some history on graphic styles and evolution
  • Information about design gurus, both past and present day

You'll also build a valuable list of resources that will set your design flame ablaze.

Should I Take This Course?

This course is for graphic design enthusiasts looking to expand their knowledge and gain motivation. You are ready for this course if you:

  • Feel comfortable navigating Illustrator's interface, using selection tools, and importing files
  • Know how to access and create color groups

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Name the principles of art and design fundamentals
  • Give examples of contrasting, tertiary, and monochrome color pallets
  • Discover characteristics of specific design styles and how to apply them to your work
  • Problem-solve banal designs to explain beneficial solutions
  • Select techniques you'd like to focus on improving and applying to your work
  • Compose a list of useful resources and designers you'd like to study and follow

This course is a demonstrative lecture with no activity submission requirements. There will be requests for participation and discussion, and handouts will be provided. Note taking and questions are encouraged.

Technology Requirement: Participants should have access to Adobe Illustrator on their device. Trial download information will be shared with enrolled learners before the start of the class.

University IT Technology Training classes are only available to Stanford University staff, faculty, students and Stanford Hospitals & Clinics employees. A valid SUNet ID is needed in order to enroll in a class.

University IT Technology Training classes are only available to Stanford University staff, faculty, students, and Stanford Hospitals & Clinics employees, including Stanford Health Care, Stanford Health Care Tri-Valley, Stanford Medicine Partners, and Stanford Medicine Children's Health. A valid SUNet ID is needed to enroll in a class.