Graphic and Multimedia Design at College of the Canyons



(Dates and projects are subject to change)



WEEK 01 _Aug 19_______________________________________________








Office hours


File naming NCSPD




-- Around Photoshop

-- Around Illustrator

-- Documents/Imports and Outputs


Let's make some lines. (or paths?)


All shapes has 2 parts!



In-Class practice Download files > Here

Home practice Download files > Here


Read: Creating public ePortfolio on Canvas



Upload 2 files (shapes and dots) in JPG format to Canvas before next class.





Review Illustrator basic; pen tool.

How to save, export. (size, quality, color mode,...)


"What is Design?"

"What is Graphic Design?"


Project 1  Designer Presentation

Project brief > [Here]

Designer list > [Here]


Due Date: Aug 28


Create your own folder on GD by following format:



Upload a selfie that shows your rule of third skill before next class.

Horizontal or vertical, color, 800px longest side.

Share your IG ID at the end of file name.




Search images on the Internet!



WEEK 02 _Aug 26_______________________________________________




Due today in GDrive:

Selfie, using rule of thirds


How's going your presentation project?


Do you have access to Lynda? Do you know Lynda is part of Link... now?

Is your sketchbook here?


Let's make something for LA-NY!






Due today: Project 1 - Graphic Designer Presentation


Lecture on Type and Typography


Project 2: Part 1 Kick-off [Here]




WEEK 03 _Sep 02_______________________________________________








Due today: Project 2 - Part 1 - Present Rules and Thumbnails/Sketches

Upload photo of your sketchbook to the canvas.

Set your camera in Black and White, Avoid any extra background, crop and adjust the orientation of your photos, avoid harsh light/shadow.

Examples [Here]


Fill out the design rules sheet for your designer/studio and return them.


Create text over path/curve, modifying path and shapes, Create texture to use as fill.

Working file [Here]

Save your final result as jpg (don't forget artboard) with 150 ppi resolution and upload your file to the canvas by the end of class.



WEEK 04 _Sep 09_______________________________________________




Image trace - Convert sketches into vector file

Converting pixel to path


Balance in Poster


Make sure you return the Design Rules sheet today.





Project 2: Part 2 Design Sucks! [Here]

Swap your rules.


Reviewing digital drafts.

Due today: Project 1 | Part 1  - Digital format to canvas by the end of class.



WEEK 05 _Sep 16_______________________________________________




Due today:

Project 1 | Part 2 - Thumbnails, sketches

Final review before print.


Tile printing:

Slicing in Photoshop

Tile print in Illustrator (with overlapping)


Upload your Project1, Part2 draft to the Canvas by the end of class.





Due today:

Project 2 | both posters printed | Wall critique

Make sure you are bringing Design Rules sheet. We need them during the critique.



Posters are must be ready to hang.

Manage your time and do all preparations before class time.




WEEK 06 _Sep 23_______________________________________________




Read: Creating public ePortfolio on Canvas



Project 3: Intro Kick-off [Here]


We use Wikipedia Random article option to choose your client.

They band/singer must be active anytime after 1960.


The bands/singers name will be shared. [Here]


Next class due: A dedicated Pinterest page to your Project 3 | Album Release (singer/band)

Name your board as GMD144 | Project 3 | Album Release | Fall 2019

Make sure your board is public even if your main account is private.

Make sure you are collecting right assets. Pay attention to quality and quantity of your research.

Don't stop at Pinterest, pull images from other websites as well.


Share your link via Canvas before class time.






Did you create your Pinterest board?

Did you start collecting assets? how many?


Mood boards




Projects 3 _ Record Template [Here]

  • Insert
  • Jacket | 3mm Spine
  • Jacket | Gatefold, One pocket


Due next class:

3 mood boards in canvas before class time.

Each mood board includes color palette, type choice, imagery,...

Each mood board may be more than one page.

Add label and note to the board



WEEK 07 _Sep 30_______________________________________________




Due today:

Mood boards:

3 mood boards with 3 different approaches and methodologies

Each board will have it's unique feel and visual.

Write down some style or genre you would like to use for example:

  • I like Typographic style.
  • I like using organic shapes.
  • I like using straight edge and geometric shapes.
  • I like flourish design.
  • I like surrealism
  • I like sci-fi scene
  • I like colorful composition
  • I like photo montage
  • I like manipulating real photos
  • ...


Not all styles will be useful, but this the way you know what language you may use for your project.


Project 3 - Phase 2

Methodology and Mediums

Download and print your Methodology sheet [Here]

At least 5 pairs of methodologies and mediums in your sheet.

We choose 3 methodologies and create 3 Sections under your project 3 board on

Pinterest for next class.



Half-tone Print production




Upload your Half-tone result to the Canvas as jpg format.
The image you start to work must have acceptable quality (short side at least 1300px)

The image must be close-up portrait or close-up of a product with good contrast in background.
Do not try on landscape, long shot, or animals.

Your design will fit in Letter size/any orientation/150 ppi





Due today:

Methodolgy sheet and 3 Sections on Project board.

Label each section clearly under your Project board:

Methodology 1 | Methodology 2 | Methodology 3



Album Cover Tips


Example collection on Behance [Here]

Larissa Lima- Art Director [Here]

Rhino record [Here]



Check iTunes store categories.



WEEK 08 _Oct 07_______________________________________________




Due today:

9 thumbnails, 3 sketches according to the methodologies.



Adobe illustrator | Effects and Styles

Appearance Attribute
Multiple fill, Multiple stroke


- Appearance panel

- Appearance attribute

- Add/edit effect

- Graphic style

- Scale stroke



Download working files COC Bike Tour [Here]

Upload your version (including your color palette at the bottom) to the canvas before next class.

Make sure you will follow all demo elements by using styles and effects accordingly.

Export your file as 300ppi, CMYK, maximum quality.





Due today:

Make sure your are uploading your COC Bike practice to canvas.



Your 3 sketches goes into digital format.

You are creating draft version of each sketches in your working software.

Digital draft will make the path clear which sketch has a better chance to get a fine execution.


Hierarchy in Typography


SoCal Musical Week | Exercise brief [Here]



Due for next class:

A) 3 sketches in digital format as draft.

Use this [template] to make sure you file is proceeding in an accurate scale.

After importing your file to the template you need to adjust the scale, it means your file is NOT in a correct size.

Save your 3 designs in the template as jpg and upload it to the Canvas before next class.


B) Complete the SoCal Musical Week and save as PDF and upload to the canvas before next class.

Your PDF file will have 3 pages.




WEEK 09 _Oct 14_______________________________________________





Due today:

A) 3 digital draft in provided template uploaded to the canvas.

We will reviewing on screen.


B) Socal Music Week uploaded to the canvas before class.






Print your current design 12" x 12" using tile print.

Back cover? accurate information, tracking list, hierarchy, readability and legibility.


Poster for the Campaign

Same elements, New layout




WEEK 10 _Oct 21_______________________________________________




Due today:

Project 3 | Print and mock-up | Critique






Project 3 | Social Media content


Social media design requirements for the Album (UPDATED)

Your Album release campaign ad for: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat.

Must include:

  • Artist Name/Band
  • Album Title
  • Release Date
  • Label logo (or department logo) - Only on FB1, FB3, IG2, IG3, TW1, TW3, SN1.


Consider the scale and hierarchy of the information for each layout.

Do not try to fill every part of your layout. try to use negative space to create circulation and path for viewer.

For example the size of the label logo should not exceed more than 3% of the entire layout.




Practical online reference [Here]

Cheat sheet Social Media Image Sizes [Here]


Download the template for Album Social Content.[Here]


Pay attention to size and position inside of the template.

Replace the information on the first page (text in red color)

The typeface on first page is ITC Franklin Gothic LT

Export your file as PDF.


DUE: Before next class on Monday.




WEEK 11 _Oct 28_______________________________________________




Project 4: Intro Kick-off [Here]


InDesign tips

Style, Grids, Columns




Due today:

Your ideas in 3 different category - on paper


WEEK 12 _Nov 04_______________________________________________




Demo on flat/simple table - InDesign

Demo on circular table - InDesign


Your start making moodboard and collection of assets - Pinterest





Review the assets, moving forward to create 3 comps.

Each comp follows different idea.

Consider your calendar has a clear theme you may encourage an act or convey a positive message: quit smoking, voting, volunteering, ...


* If your idea needs any Spiral coil binding, I can help you to punch and bind your calendar up to 11 inch which you can use for
 wall or postcard size in two colors; Black or White.


WEEK 13 _Nov 11_______________________________________________








Due Today:

3 comps according to your sketches.

Comps need to be detailed enough to show the clear concept including the layout, composition, typeface hierarchy, imagery, color palette.

If you are working on Poster format, you will submit 3 comps for poster format.

If you are working on 12 sheets wall calendar or 12 sheets postcards you will submit 3 different comps for One month as example.


If you are working on any other ideas discuss your plan how you are presentation your ideas with me before class.


This step carry 30% of the project grade.


Submit your 3 comps to the canvas. as jpg before class.



WEEK 14 _Nov 18_______________________________________________




Project 4 - Developing the selected comp.




Draft print in class. Quality check on type and assets.


WEEK 15 _Nov 25_______________________________________________




Last refining - ready to print

Preflight file.


Have your sketchbook handy.

If you need any extra credit to boost your grade, today is the best time to talk about it.


If you need to bind your calendar using Coil Binding machine, let me know and I will bring the machine to the class on Wednesday.

We have 2 options for the coil color: Black and White.







I will be available during class time to assist students to finish the project. No mandatory class.



WEEK 16 _Dec 02_______________________________________________




Final critique at 10:30am. Don't be late.






Artist/Designer manifesto.

Returning the projects.

Update ePortfolio and share the public link. [Here]

Last day of the class.

Saying goodbye!



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