Seeking Design Course Advice

I’ll be teaching a course titled “Graphic Design for the Web” at Camosun College here in Victoria in December. I’ll actually be teaching 2 sections concurrently. It will be a 16 hour course, and as it has never been taught before, I’ll be developing the outline and content for it.

This is a pretty big challenge for me. I taught my course in Flash at Langara last summer, and really enjoyed it. It was a course that was focused around using a particular piece of software, however. Design is a more abstract concept, and while I am looking forward to teaching again, I am also trepidatious – how do I fill up 16 hours of class time in an entertaining and compelling way? How do I put my past experience as a graphic designer into words? I find enough challenge in creating design work – trying to describe the process to a class will be another thing entirely.

This is a request for anyone out there, who has had any experience learning, teaching or practising graphic design. If you have any ideas about what works or doesn’t work in a classroom, or perhaps a book or article or website recommendation, please leave a comment. Of particular interest would be group exercises I could use to engage my students in thinking critically about graphic design.

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  1. Congrats on the course, Mike! I’m sure whatever you come up with will be compelling and, without a doubt, entertaining. Here’s a book that I would recommend to anyone in the world of design, although it’s not at all a textbook—just a brilliant & very funny read, and wonderfully laid-out. You might’ve already come across it in your travels, but just in case… The Cheese Monkeys by Chip Kidd. Come to think of it, it’s actually full of good ideas that you might be able to apply to your own course. Give it a read and see, highly recommended. Good luck with the course!

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