Students in this mini-course are introduced to the basics of visual communication design and typography, and learn to analyze and produce effective printed documents, such as technical reports, proposals, and software documentation.
- What students will learn
- Learning objectives by module
- Course assessments, activities, and outline
- Other course details
- System requirements
- Included instructor tools
What students will learn
- Concepts and vocabulary—Students will be able to use the basic concepts and vocabulary of visual communication design to describe the design of documents.
- Analysis—Students will be able to recognize and articulate good and problematic aspects of documents.
- Production—Students will be able to use typographic variables appropriately to create effective documents.
Learning objectives by module
Course assessments, activities, and outline
Unit 1: Pretest
Unit 2: Overview
Unit 3: Visual Hierarchy
Module 1: Type
- Type Size
- Type Face
- Type Weight
Module 2: Spacing
- Paragraph Spacing
Unit 4: Legibility & Readability
- Line Length
- Widows and Orphans
- Tight & Loose Lines
Unit 5: Page Layout
Unit 6: PostTest
Other course details
The entire course can be completed in about 2 to 3 hours.
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- internet access
- an operating system that supports the latest browser update
- the latest browser update (Chrome recommended; Firefox, Safari supported; Edge and Internet Explorer are supported but not recommended)
- pop-ups enabled
- cookies enabled
Some courses include exercises with exceptions to these requirements, such as technology that cannot be used on mobile devices.
This course’s system requirements:
- none listed (subject to change)
Included instructor tools
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