Graphic design is one of the most important tools of Visual Communication. ‘Design’ means that the graphics are organized according to a ‘plan’, the goal of which is to bring order, hierarchy and clearness to the natural chaos.

Introduction to Graphic Design is intended to give you the basics for becoming a successful visual communicator, whether you wish to master page layout techniques, the creation of eye-catching posters, brochures or packages or to be aware of the complex world of informational graphics.

the essentials

Class hours
5:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Mondays & Wednesdays, Carroll 59

Adjunct Professor Chris Kirkman, (919) 260-8029,

Office hours
By appointment – email is best form of contact

Required purchases

• Sketchbook for tracking ideas, storyboarding class projects and brainstorming.

USB memory stick, portable hard drive, or a reliable cloud back-up network to save your work. Please be aware that you are responsible for backing up your own work.

• You may also be given readings from PDF files that are on the class server.

Recommended items

• Textbooks
Design Basics Index
Jim Krause – HOW Design Books
Excellent instructional videos are available on this website.

• Coffee
This class starts late, and after a long day you might need a pick-me-up.