Unit 6: It’s All By Design

Not technically a course this is another experiment in offering a full ds106 experience to open participants based on previous syllabi taught at the University of Mary Washington (UMW). The first was August-December 2013 as a “Headless ds106”. This Open ds106 is a re-organization of that experience, but without references to date or time- this could be something individuals or groups could do at any time, at any pace. See the full index to learn more.

We’ve wrapped up our unit on visual storytelling and photography, and in this unit we’re diving into design. It’s not always clear where the line is between design and visual, but ds106 design storytelling assignments involves more creating and modifying in graphics software programs, and focuses on key characteristics of color, form, shape, typography, etc.

cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by See-ming Lee ??? SML

You’ll spend some time this unit thinking about the way the world around you is designed, as well as creating some of your own design ideas.


Ira Glass on the Secret of Success in Creative Work, Animated in Kinetic Typography (noted recently in Brainpickings)

What do We Mean When We Say Design?
Concept Review and Design Safari
Design Assignments
Designing / Redesigning Posters
Daily Creates
Radio Show Work
Unit Summary

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