Tasks Due

  • All work due by Sunday, Dec 19th 11:59 pm
  • Research Project and Comments
  • Research Journal
  • Grade Survey
  • Week 14 Agenda Checklist

This Week’s Topics

Wrap Up

Week 15 Wrap Up

Congratulations on your accomplishments this semester!

Take a moment to look back at all the work you’ve completed this semester in this course (and others). Even if there were things you wish you could have changed or improved upon, I hope you will feel good about your accomplishments and learn from your disappointments.

In this course, we looked at the formative theories that help us better understand the “how” of visual communication and explored the critical theories that may explain the “why” within historical, cultural, and social contexts. When we look at philosophical, ethical, political, and aesthetic questions in the field of design, our ability to think creatively and critically expands.

Through this critical practice, my goal for you by the end of this course was to start to include the question “why” within your own design practice and begin to see how your own aesthetic influences connect to historical lineages in the field of design. And also to see how important your voice is to the future of the communication design field.

I hope you will be able to apply some of the practices we covered in this course in your design projects here at City Tech and in your future creative career.

Best wishes for a safe, relaxing break, and a productive Spring semester. Please stay in touch!


Below find the information covered in this session.

1. Knowing Your Design History is Crucial to Aesthetic Innovation

Here is one last optional reading which underscores one of the aims of this course: to be an innovative designer, learn how your own aesthetic influences connect to historical lineages in the field of design.

In this essay, Kristen Coogan examines how “Knowing Your Design History is Crucial to Aesthetic Innovation.”

It’s a helpful reminder for designers and design students today: if you borrow from a certain style, it’s important to know where that style came from, as well as the social and cultural contexts that gave that style its rise. 

Kristen Coogan, Eye on Design, June 22nd, 2020
Great Wheel of Style, Lorraine Wild, 2000 ©Lorraine Wild

2. What did you learn? Grade Survey

If you haven’t completed the Grade Survey, please do ASAP. This survey helps me to align your expectations and learning accomplishments with the work submitted and the course requirements.

What grade do you think you have earned in this course?

Use the Grade Survey to submit the grade you believe you have earned in this course. This may not be the final grade you receive but your evaluation of your learning experience and effort is extremely important and will be considered.

3. Course Evaluation

  • Please complete this ANONYMOUS survey to help us improve this course and its delivery. Feel free to express both positive and critical thoughts about the course. Share practical thoughts about how the course can be improved for other students. Thank you!

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