T he first day of class, you will create a folder for your use in IU Box. You will use this folder throughout the semester to save any and all in-class work (a quarter of your final grade) as well as your projects and tutorials. I recommend strongly that you also have a flash drive or other storage device as, at the very least, a back-up. Many of our exercises will extend across two class periods, so make sure you always have access to your work in progress.
When exercises and projects are complete, you will add them to your J465 website. Because some of the exercises and the final project will be collaborative, be sure to credit your teammates on your site.
Turning in projects
The projects will be submitted on Canvas in addition to appearing on your site. When submitting projects, be sure to include any and all files, printed or not, that were part of the creatuve process. This can include sketches, notes, mock-ups and alternate versions.
The “print” versions of the first three projects will have to be submitted in (color) printed form as well. Color printing is available for free at various printers throughout Franklin Hall (within your printing allotment) — but please don’t print endless versions. Interactive projects (the last two) need only be submitted via Canvas.
Using computer programs
As an IU student you have access to Adobe Creative Cloud and the latest versions of the Adobe software. We will use these programs extensively during class sessions, and you can download the software (in either Mac and Windows) at no charge on your own computer. There are more than a dozen software packages available through CC, and you can install as many or as few as you would like. To download your applications, go to
… and follow the instructions there. We will be staying current with the latest updates throughout the semester. Through IUWare, and for free, you can also obtain Microsoft’s Office software, which includes Excel,as well as a few other applications. It’s all free, so take advantage! We will be using CC2018 in our class, so be sure to upgrade if you haven’t already.
For building computer skills, I wholeheartedly recommend you take advantage of free access to Lynda.com’s on-line tutorials. For this, you will need a Monroe County Public Library card; you can then access Lynda through the library’s website at
… clicking on the Services tab once you are there. Lynda can quickly bring you up to speed on hundreds of software packages and will allow you to learn at your own pace.
You can also get a lot of help from Adobe’s Help, where you access tutorials for all of the Creative Cloud applications. Here is a link to tutorials for Illustrator, which will be a focus of the early part of our semester:
Good old-fashioned paper
If you’re more of a “book person,” I like Adobe’s “Classroom in a Book” series (though these can be a little pricey, and there are numerous similar series available in any large bookstore).
For reading about HTML and CSS, I recommend Jon Duckett’s HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites. The book is written in a very accessible way, and can help you understand general concepts as well as specific rules and properties.
I will have a number of graphic design books in the classroom at appropriate points in the semester. I hope these will help serve as inspiration as we progress through various fields of graphic design. If you would like recommendations for other readings that you might fund useful, please let me know.
Finally, you will need to have pencils at the ready, as this class will involve a good deal of sketching through your ideas. If you’d like to use art pencils, which I recommend, “H” means hard leads, “B” means soft, and higher numbers correlate to higher extremes for each category. You’ll need unlined paper as well, so you may want to invest in a quality sketchbook. Although history is filled with examples of great ideas that began scrawled on napkins, you may find that using better materials puts you in a more creative frame of mind.
There will be no assigned textbook for this course, but I will be adding pertinent resources on Canvas (in PDF form) as well as a series of how-to handouts, especially as we begin to integrate new software, and weekly Tips for some higher-end use of Illustrator, Photoshop or InDesign.