Graphic and Multimedia Design at College of the Canyons




(Dates and projects are subject to change)



WEEK 01 _AUG 25 - Aug 27_______________________________________________


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Office hours


File naming NCSPD




-- Around Photoshop

-- Around Illustrator

-- Documents/Imports and Outputs


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

Ai: All shapes has 2 parts, even if you are not seeing them!



In-Class practice Download files > Here

Home practice Download files > Here



Upload 2 files (shapes and dots) in JPG format to Canvas before next class.
Upload a Selfie via Canvas.  It doesn't have to be traditional selfie. Be creative, but not too much!


All uploaded files must follow NCSPD format.



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Review Illustrator basic; pen tool.

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

"artboard" in export process.


"What is Design?"

"What is Graphic Design?"


Project 1  Designer Presentation

Project brief > [Here]

Designers works > [Here]


Project 1 - Due Date: Sep 3rd.



Search images on the Internet! easy?

The Rule of Thirds

Find an image by your choice of subject matter.

The image must have one clear subject.
The image must have at least 2000 px on short side.

Crop the image to demonstrate your rule of thirds skill.

Apply the ratio of 4:5 or 5:4

The final result must have 800 px on short side.

Save the result as JPG and upload to the canvas.




Now you want to upload a new selfie to show off your rule of thirds skill...right?





WEEK 02 _Sep 01 - Sep 03_______________________________________________


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Do you have access to Lynda?
Do you remember we talked about Lynda and how Lynda is part of ... ?

Is your sketchbook here?



Lets use ASK > LOOK > THINK > MAKE loop.

and make something  LA - NY

We need our sketchbook to start writing.

Thumbnail  vs. Sketch vs. Rendering [tips]


What we need in Photoshop for LA-NY:




Type tool





By the end of class, you upload keywords/research and 6 thumbnails 2 sketch on LA-NY.



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Due today:

Project 1

LA-NY > New due date, Sep 4th 11:59pm


Review on LA-NY


Lecture on Type and Typography

SoCal Musical Week | Exercise brief [Here]




WEEK 03 _SEP 08- SEP 10_______________________________________________


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Continue on Typography > Type Anatomy

Working on SoCal Musical


Project 2: Part 1 Kick-off [Here]


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Did you upload your SoCal Musical Week?


Share your finding about your Artist.




Create text over path/curve,
Type outline and modification
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.


Submit your Windy Santa Clarita by the end of class (tonight?)



WEEK 04 _SEP 15 - SEP 17_______________________________________________


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Are your rules clear?

Did you submit your 9 thumbnails?

Did you submit your 3 sketches?

Any challenge?



Image tracing technique: Bring your hand drawn sketch to digital world and modify.

Convert sketches into vector file

Converting pixel to path


If you don't have time/passion to edit the file, do not use this option.


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How is your final thought in Render?
Is it Ready to upload?

How is going your search on assets/photo?

Do you have a clear plan what do you need and how you are gonna combine them?


Check your digital file in Photoshop/Illustrator with me before leaving the class.
We are expecting to have final comp on Tuesday for last touch up.
Final comp means the client can see the result beyond 80 percent. Last edit can apply for the final modification no more than 20 percent changes.



WEEK 05 _SEP 22 - SEP 24_______________________________________________



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Review on your poster Project 2 - Part 1



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Due Today : Project 2 - Part 1 - Design Rules Poster

Exchange the rules


Tips on Poster Design and Image making


Introducing Project 2 - Part 2 - Design Sucks! [Brief]

Pay attention to all due dates in your brief.



WEEK 06 _SEP 29 - OCT 01_______________________________________________



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Due Today:


Project 2 - Part 2 - Design Sucks,  Sketching and conceptualizing

We are looking forward for the

Your Theme/Subject ?

Heading ?

Subhead ?

Other info ?



>> Good read on Type/Graphic/History and Election.



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Due Today:


Project 2 - Part 2 - Design Sucks,  Digital draft on screen
We are looking forward for:

Design approach and image making style? digital assets? blending and photo montage?
Type choices?
Execution technique?

Color palette?


Make sure we have a brief discussion about your design before leaving the class.


Read: Creating public ePortfolio on Canvas


Lecture on Layout and Grid, Oct 15  >>Register >>



WEEK 07 _OCT 06 - OCT 08_______________________________________________


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Due Today:


Project 2 - Part 2 - Design Sucks, Final version

Group review

ePortfolio review

Share your ePorfolio link [Here]



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Project 3: Intro Kick-off  [Here]


We use Wikipedia Random article option to choose your client.

Musicians from New York (state)



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 | Your name  | Project 3 | Album Release | Fall  2020

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

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

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


Sketch at least 9 thumbnails and develop 3 sketches on paper. Document them and ready to review/upload.

Your thumbnails and sketches must follow the concept of the album/band/musician.




WEEK 08 _OCT 13 - OCT 15_______________________________________________


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Did you share your ePortfolio link?


Did you make your public pinterest board for project 3?

Share the link [Here]

Submitting thumbnails, sketches.


Smart objects:

How to create

Using Mock-up

Creating Mock-up


Check out our mockup inventory on source page.


To practice, use one of your poster from Project 2 (Part1 or 2)

on any provided mockups "For Practice" on source page.


For next class:

Submitting 2 approaches you may take to design your cover.

By exploring your thumbnails, sketches, pinterest, you will create a written document

and explain what is 2 possible style you may adopt for your design and why?

Surreal? Realistic photo? Collage? Abstract? Minimal? Typographic?...



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InDesign Layout and Grid Strategies by  Scott Citron

Thu, October 15, 2020

3:45 PM – 5:45 PM PDT



WEEK 09 _OCT 20 - OCT 22_______________________________________________




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Creating 2 Sections under your project 3 board on Pinterest.
We will categories  our assets into these 2 methodologies.

Feel free to add more stuff or leave some assets outside of both.
There is a good chance not all collected assets be useful, but we will keep them.




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


For next class:

- Make sure your pinterest board/sections are updated.

- Refine your 9 thumbnail according to your methodologies (and assets on pinterest)

You will present your thinking progress so far and explain what is the next step.



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The Album Cover Design - Tips

Key components:



Imagery style

Details (Copy, text, logos,...)



Reviewing thumbnails and select 3 of them for sketch

Search for good examples online as much as possible.

For example: Updated list The Greatest Album Covers: 100 Pioneering Sleeve Designs [Here]


WEEK 10 _OCT 27 - OCT 29_______________________________________________



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Project 3 | 3 sketches

Table crit - One on One.

Creating digital draft - Rough format using available assets.

Use template: [Here]

The selected sketch goes to the render phase.

Render will carry all assets from our inventory (Pinterest Methodolgy/Medium),

Typefaces are more accurate in terms of scale or classification...Serif?? Sans? Cursive?

Color pallet must be decided...

Transition between your render on paper to digital draft should be smooth and easy as long as we are clarifying all details on paper.



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Review on your digital draft > Render in detail


2 simple techniques on image making:

Double Image (using channels)

Double Exposure


Due before next class:

Your detail render on paper 6"x6" (1/2 scale) upload to the canvas


We go over your assets and technique to finalize the execution path without compromising the idea.

I need to meet with everyone one-on-one.





WEEK 11 _NOV 03 - NOV 05_______________________________________________




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Due today:

Your render sketch on paper with all detail.

This is your blue print to execute in digital format.

What you have in this sketch, will show up on your display.


Do not miss this meeting:

4:05 Case, Eugene R.

4:12 Elbaya, Shaimaa A.

4:19 Ford, Melissa N.

4:26 Lee, Moriah L.

4:32 Lemus, Elvis D.

4:39 Lieberman, Fredeliza I.

4:46 McCormick, Dawson H.

4:53 Murray, Cameron M.

5:00 Perkova, Oryna O.

5:07 Price, John W.

5:12 Rico, Liria

5:19 Rodriguez Ayala, Brenda

5:26 Svendsen, Scott P.

5:33 Turnbough, Alexander D.

5:40 Vasquez, Alejandro A.

5:47 Villalobos, Jaime I.

5:54 Wiseman, Chase D.





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You have the most completed version of your Album Cover in scale 1:1
We look at the the template for album and decide for the back of the album.

Discuss what approach you may take for the back of the cover.


We look forward to add extra copy for our poster as promotional material.


Standard Record Template [Here]

  • Insert 12"
  • Jacket 12" | 3mm Spine
  • Jacket 12" | Gatefold, One pocket


Pay attention: We only use Jacket 12" | 3mm Spine for our project 3



5 Mockups to use in Project 3 [Here]
* If you are planing to use your own mock-up, I will assist you to adjust the stage, light, color and perspective of your mock-up.








   Due on Monday:


The cover and back will be due on Tuesday 10th. in the format of mock-up and original design

You will upload your mock-up and original design (1:1, 300ppi) to the canvas.


Poster: 11x17, 300ppi

Poster will carry extra copy as locations and date.

For example:

Release November 2020, Barnes & Noble


We will use same design in your album cover, but needs to be modified according to the new composition and extra copy.




WEEK 12 _NOV 10 - NOV 12_______________________________________________



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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.


We review Poster and social draft on Thursday.



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Social Media


Last review on Poster and social content.

Due next Tuesday Nov 17th.




WEEK 13 _NOV 17 - NOV 19_______________________________________________



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Due today:

Project 3: Poster(JPG, 300ppi, Tabloid) | Social Media package (PDF)


Introducing Project 4 [Here]

Pay attention to all due dates.

This project is similar to other projects and it needs to be done step by step.
Full credit only can be expected if all steps submitted in order.


Share your Pinterest board via Canvas:

GMD144 | Your name  | Project 4 |Calendar | Fall  2020




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Due today:

Review on your ideas in 3 different categories. (pencil on paper)


Moodboard via [Milanote]



- Create board > Icon color: yellow > board name: LASTNAME_GMD144_CALENDAR_FA20

- In "More Template" search for "Graphic Design Moodboard" and use it.

- Board background color: gray, Dot grid: on

- Add images

- Add color pallet

- Add typeface sample/typographic styles

- Add note on the right side of each image when necessary

- Publish & Share your link via Canvas


From Shannon: Guest Speaker | Schessa Garbutt [IG]

Register: [Link]



Style (Character, Paragraph, Object)


WEEK 14_NOV 24 - NOV 26_______________________________________________



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Working with paragraph

numbers in paragraph

style in paragraph

border/table in paragraph


Exercise: you will create one month calendar by your choice.

The month will set in a table by your design including 31 days, and name of days using "paragraph","style","border" in InDesign.

Required: Letter size, No image,appropriate typeface, wise type size. If using color, color must have scheme.


Looking for some examples that may have same idea as your calendar?

Collecting images?


Share your pinterest and moodboard


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WEEK 15_Dec 01 - Dec  03_______________________________________________




InDesign  >>

working in InDesign and create circular path.



Share your Moodboard on Project 4 via Canvas.

Share your pinterest board to display similar ideas via Canvas.

Are you making assets? photos? digital files?



Export from Illustrator and import to InDesign

Flat tables

Tabular Grid

Circular Grid

Paragraph style


3 comps according your idea and assets

Developing the best comp




WEEK 16_Dec 08 - Dec  10_______________________________________________



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Last review on project 4

Last review/refine, Ready for export?

Review on ePortfolio



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Last day.

Delivering Project 4.

Complete ePortfolio.


All deliverables are ready to upload by 4pm on December 10, 2020
Follow the instruction on Canvas to create your "Package" how to submit Project 4.



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