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ENGL492 - Graphic Design and Rhetoric

As Brian S. Reed tells us, “Everything is designed. Few things are designed well.”

This class is for writers interested in the visual dimensions of texts and the skills involved in designing them well. The course considers graphic design theory and history from a rhetorical perspective, working to understand and practice the use of symbol systems to express, inform, and advocate. This semester, we’ll focus our attention on information design and social justice. In addition to traditional academic reading, research, and writing, we will complete a series of design experiments, playing with the ideas and techniques we’ve studied. No prior design or technical training is required. Course workload includes regular readings, a short essay, a research paper, a design portfolio, and a final exam.

0101 - Melanie Kill

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