The course started with a skills assessment to establish a starting point. Carson responded to a creative brief and designed a landing page for a fictional product called SuperGood.
Unit 1 was an introduction to "Getting to Know Design", and the project was intended to train the student's ability to evaluate design and articulate positive and negative qualities. Carson picked out 2 examples of good and bad design, and considered both positive and negative aspects of the product design.
Unit 2 introduced students to Visual Hierarchy, an important topic in visual design. The first project was an exercise in using hierarchy to depict a social timeline.
Continuing in the Visual Hierarchy unit, Carson also created a layout for a blog article.
The final project in the Hierarchy unit was designing the page for a news listings site (a la Reddit or Digg).
Carson learned about the use of grids while also being introduced to the practice of wireframing. The objective for this project was to iterate on the basic layout in the previous project to create a more detailed wireframe, an essential step in the design process.
Unit 5 was a look at Color Theory. Carson created a "Style Tile" with a color scheme to apply to the wireframe in Unit 3.
Unit 6 was a chance to put it all together and learn about the design process! The final project was a full color composite of the wireframe that Carson created in Unit 3.