At its most basic level, graphic design is a creative process that combines the visual arts and technology to communicate ideas. It begins with a message that, in the hands of a talented designer, is transformed into visual communication that evokes an emotion.

This is a blog dedicated to the love of graphic design and to introduce students to the creative process of design.

IGD > 1

Course Content #48.5610099

This is the first level course in graphic design, and requires creative problem solving. Student growth develops from a solid understanding of elements and principles of design. Students will continue to work toward Industry Certification, and will an End of Pathway Exam.


Unit Writing Assignment: How Does the Design Process Help Designers Solve Visual Communication Problems?

Unit Title > Product Development > FINAL ASSIGNMENT

Guiding Question(s)

  • What are the five steps in the design process and how are they used?
  • How does the design process help designers solve visual communication problems?
  • What constitutes effective graphic design?


  • Students will…
  • Analyze and understand the strong connections between art and design;
  • Realize the design process is just that—a process;
  • Start to understand the differences between effective and ineffective design.

GDP > 2

Course Content > 48.5620099

This is the second level course in graphic design and is completely project based. Students will gain experience in creative problem solving, and will have an opportunity to begin working toward Industry Certification. Rotation groups will be assigned for screen printing, and collaboration for projects is encouraged!


Unit Writing Assignment: What is Design

Unit Title > Design Process

Guiding Questions

  • Why are learning and research important to the design process?
  • Knowledge is power. How does this hold true with design?
  • How should the research process inform design?


Students will …

  • utilize inquiry methods of observation, research, and experimentation to explore unfamiliar subjects through the design process;
  • identify and evaluate types of contextual information useful in solving a particular design problem;
  • create a pencil rough dummy layout of their 20-page booklet

AGD > 3

Advance Graphic & Design

Course Content > 48.5620099

Students will continue to explore in an increasingly independent manner, the principles of design and layout procedures relating to the field of graphic design. Content will cover electronic systems and software programs used in graphic design, page composition, image conversion, and digital printing. Knowledge and skills in digital design and imaging will be enhanced through experiences that simulate the graphic design industry and school-based and work-based learning opportunities. This is the final course in the Graphic Design pathway.


Unit Title > EOPA Prep / Book Printing
Levels > Advanced Graphic Design

Guiding Question(s):
What must be considered when designing/preparing a booklet?


  • Students will …
  • Understand the importance of developing a project from concept thru completion
  • Explore the process of project production and creating live work
  • Effectively use Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign to produce a booklet
  • Effectively use design principles
  • Use InDesign’s document layout palette and booklet function to achieve proper imposition
  • Properly match final layout to the folding dummy
  • Apply necessary finishing processes to the completed project