Editing Visual Components syllabus --

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Teacher:  Tim Pilgrim, associate professor
Office:  CF 265 
Night office hours:  Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. or by appointment
Web: http://hope.journ.wwu.edu/tpilgrim

The Non-Designer's Design Book (third edition) by Robin Williams

Students need a notebook and pencils or pens. A USB storage device (flash drive), external hard drive or reliable external storage on a non-journalism server is strongly recommended.

Available labs: InDesign is available in CF 202 (open only limited hours) and in CF 161 and Fine Arts 101, along with a Mac lab in the Academic West building, most of which are 24-hour labs and also have Macs with Adobe CS 6.

Please use Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Safari to view Pilgrim's site and this syllabus -- Microsoft browsers display them poorly.

The class is MAC ONLY -- do not use PC computers for the class. NO PDF assignments are accepted -- ONLY InDesign (CS 6.0) on Macs in Fine Arts 101, CF 161 or the WWU journalism department (fonts used must fonts available in those labs).

Note: Student lab computers (and personal electronic devices and phones) should be off during class lectures and presentations.

Pilgrim does not use Blackboard. Assignments will be posted on the WWU S Drive (the blue-world icon on the desktop of lab computers) in an Editing Visual Components folder in Course Material, located in the JournSys area. Assignments will be submitted in a folder within the S Drive Editpro section.

In any email to Pilgrim, students should put the class title on the subject line to keep it from the spam folder.

Thorough knowledge of InDesign (Adobe Creative Suite 6.0 for Macintosh) is REQUIRED. Students may also obtain supplemental individual help from the Student Technology Center (in Haggard Hall) in order to increase proficiency. Also, they may seek help from online tutorials, Here is an example:
Adobe InDesign CS6 Tutorial

Students will be introduced to limited use of Photoshop and Illustrator but are not required to know them beyond knowledge taught in class. However, Pilgrim urges students to take advantage of workshops for this software, as well as Dreamweaver, Final Cut Pro and Soundslides -- also at the Student Technology Center.

Course description:
Building on a background from the copy editing class, students learn principles of design and, through hands-on exercises, create layouts that incorporate visual components, including photographs, illustrations, informational graphics, typography and full color. Lectures include guidance for storytelling in today's multimedia environment, including use of audio and video and cover copyright considertions, and ethical issues involving taste, privacy and responsibility to readers.

Learning objectives:
Through print and Web page layout projects, students will gain and demonstrate competence in these areas:

    -- Selecting photos and evaluating contnet for presentation in print and online
    -- Exercising ethical considerations for photo use
    -- Understanding issues involving copyright, privacy and libel
    -- Writing text-based graphics, such as captions, fact boxes, bio boxes, subheads and timelines
    -- Creating and editing statistics-based informational graphics, such as charts
    -- Applying design principles for typography and understanding type classifications
    -- Designing a range of pages, among broadsheet, tabloid, magazine, newsletter and Web
    -- Integrating writing, editing and design, and evaluating components for multimedia storytelling
    -- Understanding terms and concepts for communicating effectively with artists, photographers, advertisers and printers.

This class also focuses on comprehension, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the concepts of priority, clarity, community, unity, contrast and beauty as they relate to media editing.

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This is a nongraded class. Pilgrim will provide feedback verbally and in writing. Quality of the submitted work will be "check plus" for excellent work, "check" for good work and "check minus" for work that would be improved with revision.

All assignments submitted must be only the student's own work -- no identical submissions (see the WWU catalog regarding academic dishonesty). Also, assignments submitted in the class will be used (without author's name) as examples in future classes -- and possibly in future editions of the class textbook -- unless students notify Pilgrim in writing they do not agree being included in such use.

Students take the class with the understanding that for educational purposes to further student learning, their work from class assignments may be shown and used in class discussion.

Due dates of projects are noted in the schedule below.   

Please note that Pilgrim has a hearing disability. Side conversations should be kept to a minimum so class learning will not be interrupted.

Copyrighted material is used in some class assignments for educational purposes (under "fair use"). Students must not reuse any materials provided (but they should keep a copy of assignments for a portfolio).

Editing Visual Components schedule -- Winter 2013:
Readings below are from The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robbin Williams.

Students will be using material from their Fall 2012 Copy Editing final projects (so they should place text, photos, etc. in a personal folder in Editpro in the JournSys area of the S Drive.

The class meets as follows: Wednesdays Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30 -- Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 -- March 6, 13 -- 7-9 p.m. -- in Communications Facility 202.

Jan. 9
Do introductions, discuss syllabus, editing concepts and design principles, discuss application to name/business logo and letterhead, assign letterhead
Reading: Williams, Chapters 1-6, 8 (letterheads p. 118), 10
Assignment: Letterhead with name/logo (using InDesign)

Jan. 16
Continue design principles and type, introduce grid, introduce Illustrator, work briefly in small groups on textbook quizzes, review letterhead progress, discuss application to text-based graphics, work in small groups
Reading: Williams, 9, 11, 12
Assignment: Letterhead continued (using InDesign, Illustrator)

Jan. 23
Review letterheads, review design principles and typography, begin photo discussion (choice, cropping, captions, layout, legal, taste, deception), introduce Photoshop use
Assignment due: Letterhead (7:15 p.m.)
Assignment: Photo and caption practice

Jan. 30
Review practice work and captions, continue photo and Photoshop work, begin color discussion and color theory (Pegie Stark Adam), work in class to apply color on letterheads
Reading: Williams, Chapter 7
Assignment due: Photos and captions (7:15 p.m.)

Feb. 6 Continue color theory (Williams), apply theory to in-class examples, make large-format layout assignment
Assignment: Large-format layout (broadsheet page using InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)

Feb. 13
Continue large-format layout, discuss application of design principles and color theory, review examples
Assignment: Large-format layout continued

Feb. 20
Review large-format layouts, begin small-format layout, discuss application of design principles and color theory, review examples
Assignment due: Large-format layout (7:15 p.m.)
Assignment: Small-format layout (using InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)

Feb. 27
Continue small-format layout, discuss legal issues, begin Web discussion (include Poynter Institute EyeTrack, Jakob Nielsen, etc.)
Reading: Williams, Chapter 8 (websites), remainder of text
Assignment: Small-format layout continued

March 6
Review small-format layouts, continue Web discussion, begin Web display work
Assignment due: Small-format layout (7:15 p.m.)
Assignment: Revise small-format layouts for Web presentation (using InDesign)

March 13
Review website layout, discuss Web audio, video, do evaluation
Assignment due: Small-format layouts revised for Web (7:15 p.m.)

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Created December 2012; revised Jan. 7, 2013