Stacy Asher
Art, Art History + Design
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Graphic Design Courses

Spring 2017
GRPH 426 / Design Studio 01
In this course students will demonstrate a synthesis of skills, methodologies and principles developed in previous graphic design courses. It will focus on the application of advanced graphic design principles and systems in the generation of self-authored body of written and visual work. Visual, written and spoken presentation skills will be emphasized in preparation for Design Studio 02: Capstone.

Meaning through form is further emphasized while students build on their advanced experience of working with tools, materials, and methods of a graphic designer. Advanced design skills will be applied to the development of various self-directed projects. Critical thinking, concept development and design research as a process will be further emphasized as they are applied to a self-authored study. The course will focus on the evolution of a unique personal voice in the design process and content development, as well as the refinement of graphic design detail to achieve a higher level of sophistication in the designed artifact.

Course Syllabus
Course Schedule
Course Deliverables
UNL Box Turn In / 426

Course Deliverables
4 Exercises [25 pts. each] - 100 pts.
3 Projects [100 pts. each] - 300 pts.
1 Process Book - 100 pts.
Course Portfolio - 100 pts
Participation and Attitude - 100 pts.
Course Total = 700 pts.

  1. Students will apply advanced knowledge of 2D and 3D conceptual design skills through making of designed artifacts.
  2. Students will apply advanced conceptual development and proficiency in design skills applied to the development of various visual systems and self-directed projects.
  3. Student will achieve a greater understanding and application of higher systems of visual communication.
  4. Students will further gain a formal understanding of the concepts of design authorship as it relates to audience.
  5. Students will develop their personal voice in the design process, as well as the refinement of graphic design details in order to produce a higher level of sophistication in the designed artifact.
  6. Students will develop stronger communication skills in order to strengthen one’s capacity to solve complex design opportunities and articulate their discoveries through verbal and written communication, as well as visual designed objects.

graphic design, social design, experiential design, strategic design, interior design, installation design, publication design, interface design, web design, application design

social significance of design, design as participatory art, participatory art as design, the design of participation. the participation of design

Week 01

DS01_DS02_Introduction / Spring 2017



Reading Forms

UNL Social Practice Coalition
Graphic Design Beyond the Classroom





Stacy Asher
Assistant Professor of Art
209A Woods Art Building
Department of Art, Art History & Design
University of Nebraska–Lincoln