+ *De·sign(ing) as Storytell(ing) is WORD, IMAGE, LAYOUT, AND MEANING + Storytell(ing) as FIND(ing) + RESEARCH(ing) as TELL(ing) + MAKE(ing) as  ADD(ing) + INTERPRET(ing) as EXPERIENCE(ing) + TAKE(ing)


ART 305 – Graphic Design I, Design(ing) as Storytell(ing) introduces students to foundational design concepts and creative processes associated with the graphic design field, while also harnessing the power of storytell(ing). Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between word, image, meaning, grid, and form to visually communicate a story and information. This course will provide students with the knowledge to share stories through space + time. One of the many attributes that a designer should hold space for is the ability to culminate all these fundamental design principles to problem solve and tell story(ies) that are ours or ones that belong to others.  

Find out more by interacting with the Miro boards embedded below. The entire class was running on Miro, an online whiteboard & visual collaboration platform. Miro gave me the flexibility to add complexity to the information we talk about in class and most importantly focus on this idea of pluriversal design, which is something I’m really interested in and wanting to embody in all my classes. (Multiplicity, plurality, and different perspectives).





*De•sign(ing) as Storytell(ing) syllabus on Miro.


Words hold so much meaning, they hold even more meaning when typography adds another layer to be interpreted. Typography also tells a story. The objective of this mini exercise is to research, explore, and increase students awareness around typography. Typography holds meaning that can come in its form, language, and the way that it's used. For this exercise, we're looking at quantity. A good approach is to just try lots of different things, experiment, explore, and think about how each one of these typographic explorations makes you feel!

Images are powerful, they hold meaning not only in what they show but the way in which we view them. The objective of this mini exercise is to manipulate images to emphasize or de-emphasize certain parts of it through cropping and by finding images that portray each of these characteristics.

For this exercise, we're exploring both 2D & 3D grids. 2D grids are fundamental to any graphic design project. 3D grids are created using paper straws to weave images and text in and out of the 3D structure. 

Think of this as an immersive layout and experience. Think about placement, size, scale, color, and relationship of images and type. The objective of this exercise is to use all the fundamentals that you learned and piece them together to create a cohesive object.

*storytell(ing) project is the final project, where students research, make, annotate, and create visual experiences for a story they feel passionate about sharing.This project is currently in progress.