Mapping, diagramming, and working with a full range of intermediary graphic design artifacts are required as students organize complex structures/systems, plan, and draw connections between print and digital media.

Second-semester, sophomore graphic design students explore the ‘constructed’ image. This includes discussion of collage, montage surrealism, etc. Scott McCloud’s tri-point diagram of image type (picture plane, photorealism, icon) is discussed and gradients of image type are explored.

Students visualize a broad range of concepts, processes, and events with simple materials (xerox, markers, pencil). Story and narrative are defined and analogies to written composition are formed.

Limits to color and image range are imposed. Students work without computers—focus is on speed of hand-eye-brain dexterity. Fast, mass iterations are generated.

Compositions are grouped, sequenced, and resequenced. The single frame collages become multiframe storyboards. This allows the student to develop the integrity of a single illustration/vignette for print use and remix in multiple for temporal and motion design.

Temporal contrast, transition types, and basic time-based editing approaches are discussed. Old-school and new temporal structure are covered (Eisenstein to Figgis and Gondry).

Students review the history of musical and kinetic notation systems as they move to issues of simultaneity, duration, and frequency while designing their own notation systems. These are also generated quickly and in multiple. Students have taken several approaches:

Moving from one strategy/form to another is encouraged: