Visual Design – CLOSED



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Visual Design – CLOSED

Visual Design is all around us: street signs, films, social media, websites, and more. Thinking in a visual way gives us yet another tool for creative problem solving and thinking through issues to their cores. Projects will include a collage, logo, and poster, among other smaller projects to create understanding of composition and other design principles.

This course incorporates a broad range of what it means to think like a designer. We will approach design from a graphic design standpoint, but the concepts will tie into many different design practices. We will touch on the process of design thinking while learning some basics of the tools of the visual design trade: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. This is not a full-on software course, but we will touch on the basics of how they are used in design.

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Adobe Creative Cloud subscription that includes InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, drawing paper and utensils, optional: Wacom or other brand pen tool


Carissa Sheehan has been working in the field of graphic design for over 20 years, and most of those years have been working within Christian ministries. She is a big fan of creating life-long critical thinkers and creative problem solvers. Learning how to approach problems in a visual way adds an amazing dimension to those skills.

Mrs. Sheehan graduated with a Bachelors in Art from John Brown University and later with her Masters in Applied Linguistics from the University of Colorado at Denver. She has taught outdoor education classes, coached volleyball, and tutored adults in ESL.

In the field of graphic design she has worked as a designer as well as a Creative Director and Art Director. Much of her experience has been in small departments where she has learned the process of design from concept to delivery, enabling her to offer real world examples and advice to students who are either interested in making graphic design their collegiate field of study or who would like to use it as a way to earn money as a freelancer right away. In her free time Mrs. Sheehan plays Minecraft and does art projects with her little boys, hikes in the Ozarks and explores new places with her family, reads voraciously, loves British humor, and dreams of taking her boys on their first international trip someday.

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