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The more things you create online the more you use design, but have you ever thought about it? Want to know more about how to make A+ worthy assignments? Whether you ware writing a research paper, creating a PowerPoint, or making a brochure, you need to know design to turn out a good product. Design isn’t something you just instinctively know, you have to learn about. The Design Fundamentals Series makes it easy to do just that.

The Publishers say:

Miss design class, again? That’s OK. You can borrow our notes.

Lucky for you, we didn’t miss a single class the entire semester so you’ll find all of the important points explained in the notes, along with the class assignments.

Sorry if you can’t read the handwriting sometimes, but there was a lot to cover.

And that’s exactly what these books look like – class notes, drawings, photographs, and plenty of bright colored examples. Take a look and see if you can improve your grades!

Call Number: 741.6 G639dt Title: Notes on Type Author: Rose Gonnella, Christopher J. Navetta, and Max Friedman

From the Publisher:

If you don’t know anything about type, not a problem – you will. The instructor covered basics in the structure of type, the basics of measuring and spacing, how to recognize and choose type (font) design for your projects. Then throws in the history of letterforms and famous printers and type designers.

Call Number: 741.6 G639nc Title: Notes on Color (Theory) Author: Rose Gonnella

From the Publisher:

We went over all of the basics–how light works, ROYGBIV, RGB, CMYK, color wheels, how to choose colors and compose with colors, all of that stuff.

If it helps, we tried to include a lot of drawings because that’s how we remember things best.

Call Number: 741.6 G639dv Title: Notes on Visual Elements and Principles of Composition Authors: Rose Gonnella, Christopher J. Navetta, and Max Friedman

From the Publisher:

How does a dot turn into a line to create a shape that makes up a composition? We covered that and more. You’ll see in the notes that we went over all of the basic elements of composition—dot, line, shape, texture, & pattern, color, and space—as well as the principles for composing the elements on flat surfaces (paper, canvas, screens) and in three dimensions. 

We had some pop quizzes in this class so we put those in the notes too so you can test yourself, even if it won’t count toward your actual grade.

Hope you’ve enjoyed learning a bit more about design and hope it helps to get you that next A.

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