About this Course
Two-Dimensional (2D) Design focuses on two-dimensional composition and introduction to color theory through lectures, audiovisual materials, and studio assignments. This course will introduce students to two-dimensional elements and principles of design. Using a problem-solving approach with formal and conceptual experimentation, students will develop a clear understanding of visual communication. Students will manipulate elements in both black-and-white and color media. Emphasis will be given to the importance of presentation and craftsmanship.
A pictorial element that forms a mental representation, idea or concept is an image. Visual elements including photographs, illustrations and graphic elements of color, line and form also have the power to communicate: the color red is hot, the color blue is cool, an ellipse is feminine, a rectangle is masculine, a straight line communicates directness; a wavy line is irresolute.
Regardless of form, components of a composition are combined and arranged purposefully in a given space. This space can be physical, mental, geographical, or cultural and is referred to as context. The relationship suggested in the pairings listed above aren’t hard and fast truths as much as they are subjective associations that are largely accepted as “truth” within a Western, European cultural context. Words, pictures, things and even people exist within multiple contexts simultaneously. If we accept the saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words” then the communicative value of a picture (image) combined with words (text) arranged purposefully in space (context) must increase exponentially. As design “authors,” this class will better enable you to harness the power of this form of communication for your own purposes. At the same time you will become more astute and sophisticated “readers” of our culture’s text and image messaging.
Your work in this course will help you to learn how to manipulate design elements including point, line, shape, value, texture, and color. The projects will help you gain knowledge of design principles including unity, variety, balance, rhythm, movement, economy, and emphasis. You will gain professional presentation skills, including the construction of borders, mounting boards, cover sheets and labels. Your course work will integrate research and process to manipulate image and content through traditional methods. You will gain the ability to apply critical and creative thinking skills to develop innovative solutions for design problems.