Graphic Design Inspiration:: Idea Generation

Cookie Redding, Artist, Designer, Teacher

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11 Videos (46m)
    • Introduction to Idea Generation

    • Supplies

    • Project Description

    • The Thumbnail Sketch

    • Digital Thumbnails

    • List Making

    • Mind Mapping

    • Pinterest

    • Analog Pinterest

    • Mood Boards

    • 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

10 of 11 students recommendSee All

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Class is for beginners, and advance, and offers many ways of being creative and finding what works for you! Excellent class!
Cookie you are such a great teacher. A great presents, clear, upbeat and to the point. I'll be apply your ideas generating ideas to a project that i am currently working on. Lists, mind maps and the Pinterest analog!!!...I'm trying that one tonight! Thanks again!
Nina Rycroft

Picture Book Illustrator





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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