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After years of admiring, but not truly understanding, good design, I've decided to learn the fundamentals.
I enrolled in two online classes at Foothill College, the local junior college. The first is on color, taught by Linda Lum, using gouache and Color Aid paper. The second is on design, taught by Carolyn Brown, using Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
My previous years of higher education have been immersed in physics, biology, and medicine, so this is a completely different paradigm of learning. The concept and practice of creative exercises and group critiques is completely new to me.
In addition, I've been reading blogs and books about typography and grid systems.
So far, my book collection includes:
- Rookledge's International Fontfinder
- Robert Bringhurst's Elements of Typographic Design
- Thinking with Type, by Ellen Lupton
Last night, I went to a Sharks game with my husband, and while he cheered on the home team, I happily took in all the advertising designs on the LED screens.