Visual Communication for Digital Humanists @ DHSI 2013

This year’s Congress of the Humanities was held in Victoria, BC, followed by the annual Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI). My colleagues, Gerry Derksen, Jennifer Windsor, and I team taught a course called Visual Design for Digital Humanists. This offering provided an introduction to the theory and practical application of the fundamentals of visual communication design, in the context of digital humanities projects. Emphasis was placed on conceptualization, iteration, principles and elements of design, grid-based layouts, and typography. Instruction was a combination of lecture format, demonstration, in-class critiques, hands-on exercises, and a project component derived from student materials. We explored how student projects could be improved using the material discussed and demonstrated in the course. This course was appropriate for anyone who has ever been or ever expects to be tasked with using layout software to produce some kind of visual material, either print-based or interactive. Information presented applied to the design of conference posters, brochures, conference presentation slides, web sites, or web tools. We created a three-minute video to showcase the work created in the course (viewable on YouTube).

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