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{History of Graphic Design} Spring 2009

Teaching Assistant to Doug Scott, Senior Critic, Rhode Island School of Design during Summer Session 2008. History of Graphic Design Section Leader Spring Semester 2009.

History of Graphic Design is a course that provides a chronological survey of graphic design through slide lectures. The course involves study in how graphic design responded to (and affected) international, social, political, and technological developments since 1450. Emphasis on printed work from 1880 to 1970 and the relationship of that work to other visual arts and design disciplines was a major component of the course study. In addition to the lectures, the course had a scheduled studio section in which design projects were integrated with research. This course was taught in the summer as a part of the Continuing Education Department at the Rhode Island School of Design. As a Teaching Assistant, my role had teaching responsibility because of the nature of the summer course. I aided the professor by helping to set up slide lectures, was a technical consultant (helping students with the Adobe Programs), and helped students (most of which were not design students) realize their design projects. Two assignments were given during the two week course. The first was a small poster which highlighted a particular event in graphic design history and the second was a bibliographic brochure based on a specific designer. Along with the instructor of the course I helped students with their concepts and aided in the realization of their ideas. The following pages exhibit some of the work created by the students in the course. During the Spring Semester of 2009 I was again a teaching assistant for the History of Graphic Design Course. During this time I was a section leader and was given independent teaching responsibilities. I was able to guide students through the process of developing design concepts and full fabrication of their ideas. Most of the students in this section were sophomores in the Graphic Design Department at the Rhode Island School of Design. Each student completed two design projects throughout the course of the semester: a landmark poster and a context timeline. These projects were similar to the assignments given during the summer course, but were more in-depth in research and the design process.

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Profile for Jennifer Magathan

RISD Portfolio  

Student work, teaching portfolio from the Rhode Island School of Design

RISD Portfolio  

Student work, teaching portfolio from the Rhode Island School of Design

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