Zines and DIY publications in graphic design
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VK511
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course will take you on a creative journey using hands-on (non digital) methods that look at page content as well as the overall format for the finished Zine. To get there you will be guided through a series of creatives exercises; to explore the possibilities of layout design, to look at creative uses of typography and to help you develop ideas of how to generate imagery using various collage techniques.
You will learn the importance of ‘play’ that is key to stretch your creative thinking and to develop skills in visual problem solving. Encouragement will be given to be experimental in your approach and to take risks in order to develop ideas further. This is a great opportunity to share your ideas, gain support from others and be creative with the exciting world of zines.
What will we cover?
- Page layout using type and images
- Generating and manipulating images.
- Collage techniques
- Booklet construction
- Self-publication material in the context of contemporary culture.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate an understanding of page layout using type and imagery.
- Demonstrate an ability to generate and manipulate images.
- Demonstrate an ability to present ideas using a range of collage techniques.
- Demonstrate the processes involved in producing a Zine publication.
- Understand how processes achieved can be taken into other creative fields.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
As the very nature of producing Zines involves a hands-on (non digital) approach that celebrates error and making mistakes, the course is open to everyone or for those with a creative background wishing to take ideas in another direction.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Presentations, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials and handouts. Additional tasks to complete at home will be set for each session. Completion is encouraged to help you get the most out of the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a pen and notebook or sketchbook to record / develop your ideas.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other related creative courses; Graphic Design, Illustration, Printmaking, Bookbinding and Animation.
Pam Williams is a designer and an educator with a wealth of industry experience. Working with leading architects, including Foster and Partners to create exhibition and signage design. Whilst at The Museum of London she produced graphic illustrations for inhouse Archaeology publications. She is responsible for the visual identity and promotional material for Peckham based Ganapati Restaurant. Pam has been lead as well as contributed to teaching Visual Communications at the University of the Arts on the Foundation course and for Central Saint Martin Summer School Programme. She is a graduate of Central Saint Martins and The Royal College of Art.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.