Notes to Educators

Beginning two-dimensional design courses provide a slate of essential take-aways. Design principles is an important one. The problem is it’s been hard to find agreement among art and design educators as to which principles are core. The assumption is that as a student matriculates, they should be able to pick up various principles or at least their reinforcement along the way. At least, that’s the way it’s supposed to work. But as similar as accredited art programs are supposed to be, there’s always an amount of underlying variation.

What may be beneficial at least for now is the availability of a supplemental resource, one that’s been designed to introduce a broad range of design principles but also provide a downstream reintroduction as well – as needed. What if this range of design principles was also built on a broadened sensibility – one that also includes rhythm?

A reintroduction to design principles appears to have a decidedly positive affects on budding talent, in part because for some students, abstract ideas introduced early on need time and experience to begin making sense.

This course is comprised of lectures, demonstrations, exercises and videos that expand upon and reinforce the same. Some student may need asynchronous assistance in just one principled one particular area. Some classes may need a real time intro and discussion into one or several major areas. Exercises are contained as well. All content remains available to both educator and student.

This course is less about the rote activity of remembering specific terms as it is about getting familiar and friendly with the principles of design and principles of rhythm. However, owning the vocabulary is an invaluable possession. It is essential to the development of a powerful creative cognition both within one’s self and in sharing with others.

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