Explaining with Visual Communication

December 17, 2015 | 6:00 pm

Course: Sketching & Visual Communication, fall 2015

explainIn an assignment for Sketching & Visual Communication, part of the Jacobs Design Innovation Suite of entry-level design courses, students took on the challenge of explaining something visually. Students could explain a product, process, experience, interface, or system of their choice — anything from an experience related to a personal hobby to a complex technical process.

In creating these visual explanations, students drew from what they had learned earlier in the semester: fundamental elements of sketching and visual communication like line, color, typography, composition, perspective, and story. They were also challenged to think deeply about the most appropriate and effective techniques for visually explaining their topics. Using principles critical to design processes across fields, students considered the role of simplicity and the ways in which they could build full explanations using thoughtfully chosen and executed elements.

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By David Xie. Top image: by Adriana Salim.


Want to learn more about the course and these designers? Check out:

Adriana Salim’s course portfolio

David Xie’s course portfolio