STEP ONE: Visit our Slack Channel and introduce yourself. Then, return here.

Welcome to 2D Digital Design

2D Digital Design is meant to help you develop a basic set of skills in digitally composing graphic designs that illustrate your understanding of some of the basic principles in art. Before we begin the course, please make sure you’ve joined our Slack Channel and that you’ve introduced yourself.

I’ll open up the course content once most of the class has gotten into Slack and we’ve gotten to know one another. Slack is a communication tool that will allow us to discuss art, assignments, tech issues, and anything else you want to talk about this semester. Instructions on how to use Slack are below.

Slack for Beginners

Slack Like a Pro

Unit 1: Ends Jan 8

Getting Started

Setting up your accounts and preparing for the semester. Test submissions.

Unit 2: Ends Jan 25

Figure and Ground

Figure and ground are two extremely basic concepts you need to know. 

Unit 3: Ends Feb 2

Frame and Surface

Choosing a the right frame and surface can make a big difference in your work.

Unit 4: Ends Feb 8

Mark and Line

It may seem simple enough, but some artists can convey more in a line than others can in a lifetime.

Unit 5: Ends Feb 15

The Grid

At the heart of many contemporary forms lies this basic structure.

Unit 6: Ends Feb 22


Pattern can create a sense of rhythm and can also help harmonize elements.

Unit 7: Ends Mar 1


Texture can be real, but it can be merely suggested as well.

Unit 8: Ends Mar 8

Asymmetry and Balance

Too much symmetry can bore your viewer, but a lack of balance is just as bad.

MidTerm Project

Through Spring Break

Ends March 22. You will have nearly 2 weeks to begin working on your mid-semester project. This portfolio will eventually become your Final also.

Unit 10: Ends Apr 5

Motion and Emotion

How do we depict motion? Is there any connection to emotion when we do so?

Unit 11: Ends Apr 5

Color and Value

One of my favorite topics and one of the most powerful tools in art.

Unit 12: Ends Apr 12

Time and Space

Time and space aren’t just for physicists. Artist must have a command of these topics.

Unit 13: Ends Apr 19

Transparency & Opacity

Get a hold on using transparency as both a tool and a concept.

Unit 14: Ends Apr 26

Unity and Coherence

Putting it all together.

Final Project: Ends May 3

Finals Week

Finishing up.