VIC 6007 / Spring

Learn visual theory and how to create information images in all their forms, from the static to motion graphics, all for online presentation.

This course teaches practical applications of information designs in an exclusively digital media environment. Students learn to create information images in all their forms, from the static to motion graphics, but all for online presentation.

The course also looks into visual uses and applications of visuals in contemporary media, with focus on online.
The course covers photography with focus on photojournalism, visual presentation of data (infographics), principles of design, best practices of web design, color, typography and other topics relevant to visuals in the media.

You will learn:
1) the rules of professional photography, composition and best practices;
2) ethical considerations in photojournalism by studying examples of famous and infamous media photos;
2) how to design web pages and other forms of web content in an efficient and aesthetically-pleasing way
4) how to select appropriate colors and typography for your online designs
5) how to present data in visual formats easy to understand by the readers
6) how to understand the language of photojournalists, web designers, art designers and multimedia producers.

Objectives

  • Become familiar with the unique properties of designing information products for the digital media
  • Analyze samples of digital information design from editorial and design perspectives
  • Acquire experience with critical thinking and critiques related to digital information design
  • Develop a sense of professional collaboration in the digital world
  • Understand concepts and apply theories regarding the use and presentation of digital images and information in the digital age
  • Think critically, creatively and independently about the major schools of thought in visual communication theory
  • Understand the meaning, functions, and proper uses of images

Topics

  • Introduction to visual information design
  • Design principles and procedures
  • Digital image editing and creation
  • Typography
  • Digital page layout
  • Digital illustration
  • Digital public relation layout
  • Promotional design
  • Information graphics
  • Charts and tables
  • Interactive information graphics
  • Digital portfolio production
  • Visual communication in the digital age
  • Visual theory
  • Photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Media visual coverage of certain topics (war, politics, elections, etc.)
  • Online visuals