ABC for Designers: Tips & Exercises for the Design Practice

Acquire the skills by Design Practice. Compare and Connect. Order by Organizing. Sketch and Select. Exercise the tips.
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  • Lectures 9
  • Contents Video: 1.5 hours
    Other: 36 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2013 English

Course Description

As more lectures will be added soon, the price of the course will go up in March. Take your chance now to get  life time access for the current $16. 

This ABC course will walk you through a landscape of design methods. A quick tour, it will be. It will show your potential toolset in a series of 26+ selected verbs, all with their unique initial. Not too many words for an introductory course as this one. Just the right amount, so they are distinctive and you can easily remember them.

Each of the selected verbs has tips and exercises with them. You are encouraged to exercise the exercises, developing your selection criteria as well as your self-discipline.

The aim of the course is to develop your creative skills by showing methods and techniques that have proven their success in the past. The design practices can assist you to reorganize your thoughts, to adjust your design process. It can be a modest but dedicated coach to make you adapt your vision on design. It also is a tool to convince potential customers and employers that you know how a design process should be managed.

Surprise yourself with new visions on what your design process can be like.

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What are the requirements?

  • What you need is enthusiasm to learn some new skills and the time to actually do it.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of the course you have seen the bandwidth of creative thinking, the variation of methods and techniques.
  • The course will show you that design thinking includes much more than just websites, fashion or furniture.
  • You will learn to execute the exercises, alone or in a group, and evaluate the result. To use that as the starting point for the next.

What is the target audience?

  • The course is intended for design-students and all designers seeking new reasons for development.
  • It is also for everyone that needs methods for creative thinking, such as writers, managers, artists, educators and parents.
  • If you like to be lured into different lines of thought than your own; if you appreciate other opinions and if you understand the importance of being put on the wrong foot repeatedly while developing your skills, then this course is specifically for you.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Prologue
07:19

The introduction shows how the course is organized: as an ABC book for designers. With the help of 26+ verbs the relation with the design process is illustrated.

Design is to be learned by practice and repetition. It is a skill that gets better when you do it over and over again. The course cannot do that for you.

Why this course then? Why is it important for you? Well, as impossible as it is for someone to do your work, it is very feasible for anyone else to help you with it. Although design in itself must be new all the time, there are many aspects that are pretty much consistent. You just have to search for them. 

This course will assist you to reorganize your thoughts, to adjust your design process. The course is a modest, but dedicated coach to encourage you, to adapt your vision on design. The course shows you how to manage the design process.

Section 2: Design ABC by 26+ verbs
14:56
The lecture shows the Design ABC from Acquire to Evaluate. As definition of the words in relation to design. And also by practical tips and exercises to Acquire the skill of managing the design process. How to Bother about your work and about the problem of the customer, that needs to be solved. C is for Compare and Comment and the D is of course for Design.
3 questions
10:59
The lecture shows the Design ABC from Acquire to Evaluate. As definition of the words in relation to design. And also by practical tips and exercises to Acquire the skill of managing the design process. How to Bother about your work and about the problem of the customer, that needs to be solved. C is for Compare and Comment and the D is of course for Design.
Testing from Focus to Joke
3 questions
08:10
The lecture contains the Design ABC from  Know to Observe and the verbs of the letters in between. The L is for Learn and the M is for Model. Navigate and Order is also what designers do. 
Testing from Know to Observe
3 questions
17:57
The lecture shows the Design ABC from Process to Test. And the P is also  for Plan, Predict, Present and Produce. Design has a lot of P’s. The Q is for Question and the R is for Repeat. Sketching start with the S and is one of the most important tools for designers to get through the design process. 
Testing from Process to Test
3 questions
12:57
The lecture shows the Design ABC from Use to Focus and the verbs of the letters in between. The V is for Value, Verify and Validate. The W is for Wow and the X for X-ray. Yearn is what all designers to, seeking for a better solution next time. The Z is for Zoom, which defines the level of relevant details in the design process.
Testing from Use to Zoom
3 questions
Section 3: Epilogue
04:12
Congratulations, your finished the course. This lecture gives a brief overview on what you did so far. And looking forward to welcome you in one of the course to follow this one.

The lecture also gives a sneak preview on the Python code that generated all the ABC backgrounds in this course.

Transcript of the lectures
36 pages
Section 4: Video Columns: Design the Words
C: The Cooncept
07:39

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Instructor Biography

Petr van Blokland, Designer + Educator + Programmer

Petr van Blokland is since 1981 partner in Buro Petr van Blokland + Claudia Mens, for graphic design, typography, type design, corporate identities, interior design and environmental design. One of the specializations of the bureau is the fusion between design and programming. 

Petr studied graphic design and typography at the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague and Industrial Design at the Technical University in Delft, The Netherlands.

He has been an educator since 1984 until today at respectively the Academy for Applied Arts in Arnhem, at the bachelor course Graphic And Typographic Design and the Master TypeMedia of the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague and at the bachelor and Master courses Graphic Design of AKV St. Joost in Breda. 

Besides these regular courses, Petr and Claudia have been lecturing in numerous conferences and design courses in the world. The Design Game was especially conceived as a condensed form of lecturing to take a group of people into design thinking, all within the time span of several hours. The applied simulation techniques make designers be aware of their own process, so they can improve and adapt.

Petr is the designer of the typefaces Proforma  and Productus, both published at fontbureau.com  and webtype.com


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