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Graphic Design Inspiration:: Idea Generation

Cookie Redding, Artist, Designer, Teacher

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11 Lessons (46m)
    • 1. Introduction to Idea Generation

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Project Description

    • 4. The Thumbnail Sketch

    • 5. Digital Thumbnails

    • 6. List Making

    • 7. Mind Mapping

    • 8. Pinterest

    • 9. Analog Pinterest

    • 10. Mood Boards

    • 11. Conclusion


About This Class

How exactly do you get ideas when you’re a graphic designer? What other tools are out there beyond the “dreaded” thumbnail sketch.  This class is designed to give you a variety of idea generating tools at your design arsenal and as well to take these new tools and techniques to create a final poster project.



In this class you will learn how to use a variety of idea generating tools for graphic design including:

// Sketchbooks (let’s start at the beginning...this is the one we’re all used to!) and sketching types

// List Making

// Photo References

// Mood boards

// Mind mapping

// Pinterest (digital *and!* analog style)


As well, you will have a client brief to work off of to create a poster design with a specific design challenge.  Utilize one or more of the above idea generation techniques to brainstorm new ideas for your poster.


Course level:: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced





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Cookie Redding

Artist, Designer, Teacher


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My name is Cookie and I'm an artist, designer and maker.  My first work of art was at the tender age of 2 and was found underneath my parent's coffee table* (they were *thrilled* about my creation but luckily realized that I enjoyed making even then and fostered an artistic upbringing for me) 


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