This subject taught the basic principles of visual design including colour theory, developing a production concept and the principles of good layout and design. The software programs used for this subject included Photoshop, Image Ready, Flash, Director, and Dreamweaver MX.
Assignments included the production of image flip books, interactive interface designs for CD, DVD and the web, as well as web site design and production. The next two pages contain a few samples of some of my graphic design work for this subject as well as a few designs which I made after completing the course.
My Personal Attitude To Digital And Visual Design:
When designing anything in the realm of digital design, the first and most crucial thing to consider is to ask yourself "what is the intended purpose/objective of this design, and what elements can be incorporated into the design to achieve these objectives?".
Once I have answered this question, I start to think about the interplay of colour within the design and a basic layout that will look good and will achieve the desired objective/s. Computers are capable of displaying up to 16 million colours in their palettes. I like to explore the freedom which that brings to design, while keeping in mind the basic rules of colour theory and the colour wheel. Designing in black and white seemed to be all the rage at TAFE, but I believe the real challenge is to learn to master the full use of a colour palette.
There is still a lot that I need to learn when it comes to graphic design and layout, but it is not a chore to be endured. All branches of design fascinate me, so learning new things comes easily most of the time.