Graphic Design 1 – Distance Learning Edition

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

  • Adobe
  • other texts and websites applicable to the field

Course Calendar

Course Overview (tentative)


  1. Course Introduction
  2. What is Graphic Design?
  3. What is a good design?
  4. A Brief History of Graphic Design
  5. Introduction to Adobe Spark
  6. Copyright
  7. Introduction to Photopea
  8. Elements of Art & Principles of Design
  9. Typography Basics
  10. Careers in Graphic Design
  11. Creativity
  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. The Technicals (File Formats, Size, Vector vs. Raster, etc.)
  22. Portfolio
  23. Portfolio Review

Other Ideas


  1. All-About-Me Graphic
  2. Word to Font
  3. Font to Word
  4. Monogram
  5. Inspirational Quote
  6. Double Exposure
  7. Typography Scavengar Hunt
  8. Creativity Test
  9. LINK Day 2021 Invitation
  10. My Reason Why
  11. Emotive Typography

Other Ideas

  • Background Removal
  • Door Decal
  • Font Ad Graphic
  • Handlettering
  • Excuse Me
  • Typogram
  • Font Design
  • Brand Identity
  • Poster about a Designer
  • Awareness Post
  • Sticker