Graphic Design 1

GRADES: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: None
Length: One trimester/one-half credit (may be repeated for credit)

Course Description

Students who take this course for the first time will be introduced to the basics of graphic design including: Typography, professional design software, elements and principles of design and design history. Students who re-take this course develop and further their skills in graphic design, project management, teamwork and leadership. 

Students use Adobe’s Creative Cloud (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator) and other design software to create various independent and group projects with some of them benefiting the school and broader community.

Course qualifies for Fine Arts and Career & Tech Credit.

Taken Graphic Design before? Check here for the advanced assignments.

Required Material

  • OHHS Google Account
  • Chromebook or other type of computer

Course Resources

  • Lynda.com
  • Adobe
  • other texts and websites applicable to the field

Course Calendar

Course Overview (tentative)

Daily Lessons

  1. Course Introduction
  2. What is Graphic Design?
  3. What is a good design?
  4. Introduction to Adobe Spark
  5. Copyright
  6. Introduction to Photopea
  7. Elements of Art & Principles of Design
  8. Typography Basics
  9. Careers in Graphic Design
  10. Creativity
  11. How to motivate yourself to do anything
  12. Overview of Adobe Applications
  13. Composition: Contrast
  14. Composition: Hierarchy
  15. Composition: Alignment
  16. Composition: Balance
  17. Composition: Proximity
  18. Composition: Repetition
  19. Composition: Simplicity
  20. Composition: Function
  21. Inspiration Toolbox
  22. Graphic Design Keywords
  23. A Brief History of Graphic Design
  24. Portfolio
  25. File Formats, Size, etc.
  26. Vector vs. Raster
  27. Printing Technologies
  28. Portfolio Presentations
  29. Classroom Checkout

Daily Challenges

  1. All-About-Me Graphic
  2. Word Look
  3. How White is White
  4. Quote Post
  5. Double Exposure
  6. Typography Scavengar Hunt
  7. Creativity Test
  8. My Reason Why
  9. Font to Word
  10. Ryan’s House Drop-In Center
  11. Emotive Typography
  12. Background Removal
  13. Door Decal
  14. Font Ad Graphic
  15. Handlettering
  16. Excuse Me
  17. Typogram
  18. Monogram
  19. Font Design
  20. Brand Identity
  21. Safety Poster
  22. Poster about a Designer
  23. Awareness Post
  24. Sticker