Introduction

What are the Foundations of Digital Art and Design?

I teach in a university communications department. Most of my students have little time in their schedules for classes that would heighten their understanding of visual communication: foundations of two-dimensional design, typography, drawing, and so on. Instead, they enroll in a survey course, Visual Communication, which seats more than 200. Some of them sign up for an elective “skills” course to learn how to use the Adobe Creative Suite (or at least part of it). Obviously, mastery doesn’t happen in a single course. At best, the skills course creates awareness of the concepts and techniques that someone entering the creative professional industries should master. (Of course, I ...

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