Welcome to the online companion to the Working With Graphics session of the Spring 2018 EdMedia Program! Here, you’ll find an outline of the work we will be doing in class.
Bring in an example of an icon you use in your practice to share with the group.
It doesn’t matter where you get the example; it can digital, from a textbook, dowloaded from nounproject.com, or one that you have drawn yourself.
Every time we make a choice in the font we use, the colours of our text and background, or place images into a file, we are doing graphic design. We are communicating information and ideas, and the use of appropriate visual language will make this communication more effective.
Graphic design is about communication.
For a great explanation of the importance of visual communication, please see the first chapter of the SFU TLC ‘s Graphic Design Handbook.
Please pick one good example and one bad example of graphic design from the images on the table.
Share your picks and discuss why you think it’s good/bad.
If you follow these principles, you will have a great design! The rules can be broken, of course, but that is for the more experienced graphic designer.
For more details on these principles, view the presentation (PowerPoint file): Working with Graphics
There are numerous image file types out there so it can be hard to know which file type best suits your image needs. For our purposes, we only need to know a few basics.
TIFF = large files, great for printing
JPG = for web graphics with the advantage that you can choose the level of compression you want
PNG = for web, if you want to include transparency (see-through) element in the graphic
GIF = typically small, and can be animated
When working in Powerpoint or Photoshop, you will likely use jpegs.
Of course, there is much more to this topic. For a great read, try 99Design’s article on the subject.
Tip: Did you know in Powerpoint, you can crop and adjust your photos?