Mark your calendars! Our spring workshop, Designing Web Sites in Webflow, will be held on April 13 from 3 to 5 at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. Led by Ahmed Hashmi, this event is free and open to the public. Please email...

Storyboards are organizational tools that help designers, videographers, editors, animators, producers and directors create a rough visual representation of a movie or video project. Storyboarding forces you to think through all of the logistics of your project. The storyboard is a...

A fun day in my Interaction 2 class user-testing portfolio websites to identify areas for improvement. Great food, great interactions! A big thanks to all the students and faculty for stopping by! [gallery columns="2" size="full" link="none" ids="6754,6759,6758,6756,6755,6760"]...

The "Print Booklet" feature in InDesign lets you create printer spreads for printing saddle stitch booklets, magazines, or traditional books. With this feature, your pages will appear in sequence as you work, but can be printed in the appropriate order...

The process of creating printer spreads from layout spreads is called imposition. Manual imposition used to be the only way to produce your final book from InDesign. Luckily there is the "Booklet Printing" feature to make your lives easier these days.

As part of the GDES Department's ongoing effort to bring in visiting Arab designers to VCUQ, we were pleased to host the talented type and graphic designer, Ali AlMasri, this past week. Ali visited us from Jordan and spent his...

As you begin working in the world of publication design, it is useful to look at existing, award-winning designs to generate ideas for the layout, color schemes, and type choices. You might start by visiting the design section of a...

It doesn't matter if you spell it "color" or "colour" - we all understand it plays an important role in design. It can communicate emotions, convey contrast, and impact the success of a design project. Choosing the right color(s) for...

The Pantone color system is the industry standard book of color swatches for graphic designers. They have reference numbers that you can give to the printer, who will ready-make inks to match these numbers. When designing for print, a common issue...

The Middle East Design Educators Association (MEDEA), in collaboration with ico-D member Applied Science University (ASU), recently held a series of workshops led by educators in the field of design. The event was attended by 180 students representing universities from across...

I recently returned from the 'AASHE 2015 Conference and Expo: Transforming Sustainability Education' and am bursting with sustainability-related ideas and inspiration. Having been accepted to the Conference and Expo with Kelly Murdoch-Kitt (following a double-blind, peer review process), I invited four outstanding graphic...

This October, four outstanding Graphic Design students accompanied me on a field study to Minneapolis (Minnesota) to participate in the “AASHE 2015 Conference and Expo: Transforming Sustainability Education.” ASSHE is dedicated to creating a diverse community that is engaged in sharing...

There are thousands of fonts to choose from - so how do you decide which typeface to use in a project? Familiarizing yourself with the many fantastic Latin and Arabic "type foundries" is a great place to start. A type...

It was an absolute pleasure to attend the ‘Third International Conference on Leadership in Pedagogies and Learning’ held in Brisbane this September on the beautiful Stuartholme campus. The goal of islPAL is to promote high-quality pedagogies and effective learning across disciplines, for...

It has been an inspiring week in Chicago, filled with fresh ideas about contemporary design education research and the teaching of design. The LearnxDesign Conference (aka the 3rd International Conference for Design Education Researchers), was an engaging week focused on design...

This April, the AIGA made history with the organization's first ever Design Educators Conference coordinated outside the United States, in neighboring Canada. Held in Toronto on the beautiful York University campus, the three-day event had an excellent array of keynote speakers...

Our Imaging 2 class recently went on a field-trip to the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) to view the Marvelous Creatures Exhibition (March 4 - July 31). The exhibition was a perfect introduction to the storytelling behind character design and...

You hear the term "design thinking" all the time, but what does it mean to you? In my opinion, it involves considering the relationship between design, collaboration, education, writing, politics, culture, and context. But where do we begin to unravel some of...