All the basic principles were familiar, we all learn about these subconsciously. In this class it made me define and think about each principle and how to combine them to organize visual information in the form of shapes within a composition.
Presenting design journal every class first thing, to first organize a presentation in 10 mins, get up and actually present to the class, was at first very painful, but so helpful. This gives us practice in team work, and how to take initiative to participate. My entire academic career presenting was what I dreaded the most. Now I don’t feel like my heart will explode, which is a big deal for me. I always felt that my anxiety has kept me from expressing my thoughts and ideas at times.
This class was taught in a very interactive way that makes it easier to digest the information. Videos, power points, team/group exercises, design journal, and projects. The projects were really helpful because of the way they corresponded with the principles that we were learning about, they reinforce the principle in my mind. After this class I feel confident that the basic design principles are now in my creative tool belt.