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Elements of Design

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Digital art and graphic design shape our visual environment using vector graphics and design principles. Through software like Canva, we'll explore 2D shapes, format, layout, and design tools, creating a Mondrian-inspired composition. We'll delve into color theory, RGB, Hex codes, and the color wheel and create custom color themes using Adobe Color. Additionally, we'll examine the historical impact of the printing press, typography, type classifications, anatomy, and the process of choosing typefaces in design and digital arts.

Digital art and graphic design shape our visual environment using vector graphics and design principles. Through software like Canva, we'll explore 2D shapes, format, layout, and design tools, creating a Mondrian-inspired composition. We'll delve into color theory, RGB, Hex codes, and the color wheel and create custom color themes using Adobe Color. Additionally, we'll examine the historical impact of the printing press, typography, type classifications, anatomy, and the process of choosing typefaces in design and digital arts.

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8 hours

Completion Certificate

Last Updated January 3, 2024

Skills you'll learn:
Visual Design Elements • Canva
Prerequisites:

No experience required

Course Lessons

Lesson 1

Introduction to Digital Arts

Digital art and graphic design shape our visual environment. Vector graphics allow scalability, while the elements and principles of design guide creation using software such as Canva.

Lesson 2

Introduction to Shape

We will explore 2D shapes, their types, and digital representations using stroke and fill. We will gain insight into format, layout, and design tools and create a Mondrian-inspired composition.

Lesson 3

Introduction to Color

We will explore color in two forms: subtractive in nature and additive in the digital realm. We will learn about RGB, Hex codes, and the color wheel and create custom color themes with Adobe color.

Lesson 4

Introduction to Type

We will explore the history of the printing press & typography and the influence that is still felt today. We'll cover type classifications, anatomy, & how to choose type in design and digital arts.

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Photo of Joshua Wilder Oakley

Joshua Wilder Oakley

Visual Communications Professor at California State University San Francisco

Joshua Wilder Oakley is currently a Visual Communications Professor at California State University San Francisco and has also taught at the University of San Francisco. His teaching philosophy mirrors his design philosophy - make the world a better place through good design and visual problem solving. In addition to teaching, Oakley is also a Freelance Graphic Designer and Photographer.

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