Visual Design for Digital Humanists:
a Course at the 2014 Digital Humanities Summer Institute (June 2 – 6, Victoria, BC)

This offering provides an introduction to the theory and practical application of the fundamentals of visual communication design, in the context of digital humanities projects. Emphasis will be placed on conceptualization, iteration, principles and elements of design, grid-based layouts, and typography. Instruction will be a combination of lecture format, demonstration, in-class critiques, hands-on exercises, and a project component derived from student materials. Participants are asked to bring their own computers with Illustrator, Photoshop, and/or InDesign (as well as basic knowledge of the software), plus at least one static or interactive project (in progress) is needed. We will explore how your project can be improved using the material discussed and demonstrated in the course. This course is 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 applies to the design of conference posters, brochures, conference presentation slides, web sites, or web tools.