A Guided Tour of Baseline’s Curriculum
Founder & Lead Coach
7th June 2021
Image credit: Baseline Team
Baseline’s curriculum covers design principles, tools, and graphic design fundamentals.
In this blog post, we’ll take you through a guided tour of what you can learn in each part of the course.
Part 1: Introduction to design
In Part 1, you can get started by celebrating your existing skills, and setting some personal goals. After that, it’s time to explore the definition of design!
- Start sketching
- How to succeed with this course
- Six great designers who taught themselves
- Assess your existing skills
- Set some personal goals
- Describe your idea of design
- Identify some design problems
Part 2: Design principles
In Part 2, you’ll learn about visual, usability, and ethical principles, then complete some exercises and design briefs to help you apply them.
- Design principles basics
- Apply visual principles
- Apply usability principles
- Apply ethical principles
Part 3: Tools, workflow, and collaboration
In Part 3, you can complete an overview of design software, start learning Figma, and cover some tips for workflow, productivity, and collaboration.
- An overview of design software
- Learn the basics of Figma
- Create a flyer design in Figma
- Workflow basics
- Collaboration basics
- Ask for feedback
- Iterate on the flyer design
- Provide feedback
Part 4: Graphic design basics
In Part 4, after a bit of history and a lesson on the design process, discover how to use typography, colour, and layout effectively.
- A brief history of graphic design
- The graphic design progress
- How to choose a font
- How to combine fonts
- How to create a colour palette
- Using colour in Figma
- Layout basics
- Design a magazine using a grid
Part 5: Applied graphic design
In Part 5, discover how the basics apply to brand, editorial, and information design, and complete guided design brief for each one.
- Brand identity design basics
- How to design a logo
- Guided brief: build a brand identity
- Editorial design basics
- What makes an editorial design great
- Guided brief: design a magazine feature
- Information design basics
- Some hazards of data visualization
- Guided brief: design an infographic
Part 6: Graphic design portfolio briefs
In Part 6, bring together your learning so far to complete three realistic, independent design projects that you can include in a portfolio.
- How to approach these portfolio briefs
- Portfolio brief: brand identity design
- Portfolio brief: editorial design
- Portfolio brief: information design
Parts 7-9: Digital product design
Later in 2021, we will be launching new course materials about digital product design.
Here’s what each part will include:
- Part 7 covers product design essentials, including how to conduct user research, and create task flows, wireframes, and prototypes
- Part 8 shows you how to transform task flows and wireframes into finished landing pages, websites, and mobile app designs
- Part 9 provides three digital product design portfolio briefs
How you can get started
Simply head to the course page, and begin Part 1. Enjoy!
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