Topic “Introduction to Communication Design”

Feeding the Right Side

It's been a long time since I've taken a course that qualifies as creative and personally challenging. There were sessions at the Surrey Writers' Conference last October. Though creative, the sessions are only an hour and half long and it's been a long time since I've found writing a challenge. This means I haven't taken an instructor lead, full-on creative fill-my-head-up-till-stuff-is-leaking-out-my-ears non-computer course since the dawn of the new millennium.

Creative catch-up has been on my mind for a while now, and things finally came together.

This week I'm taking Introduction to Communication Design at Emily Carr Institute. With all of the web development work I've been doing it's a natural choice. Our job yesterday was taking an imaginary company, describing it in five words, then creating a business mark (logo) for it. The noose (i.e., word set) of my own choosing was community, joy, passion, dialog and sharing. It's been a long, long time since I've felt like I'm dog paddling in the deep end - it's disturbing and wonderful. And a lot of fun.

Tomorrow I spend my last day at the South Building (pictured right) being introduced to the world of colour and designing a promotional pop-can using my logo. I'm not a Graphic Designer, and have never played one on TV, but I can say they inhabit a fun world.

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