Resources Design Education Resources AIGA supports education throughout the arc of a designer’s career, including special programs for educators, a group critical to advancing the profession. Learn More About AIGA Membership Advise a Student Group AIGA Design Teaching Resource The AIGA Design Teaching Resource is a peer-populated platform for educators to share assignments, teaching materials, outcomes, and project reflections. Browse Teaching Resources AIGA Design Educators Community The DEC Steering Committee is comprised of 13 dedicated educators providing service and leadership to the Community. Meet the committee Dialectic Dialectic seeks to publish scholarship, analytical study and criticism that will enlighten and inform a diverse audience of design educators engaged not only in classroom teaching experiences but also in differing forms of research and professional practice. It is open access, double-blind-peer reviewed, and the official journal of the AIGA Design Educators Community (DEC). Access past issues NASAD and Accreditation The AIGA & NASAD briefing papers address various aspects of graphic design education and are directed towards a number of different audiences. Read the briefing papers Professional Standards of Teaching A design educator adheres to values that demonstrate respect for students, other educators, academic institutions, the profession, the public, society and the environment. These standards define the expectations of a design educator and represent the distinction of an AIGA member teaching design. Read more Bibliographies These bibliographies for design educators and students address an eclectic array of topics: Cognition and Emotion, Cultural Studies, Design Planning, Education and Learning Theory and Interaction and New Media Design. View the bibliographies Design Futures This research project examines seven trends shaping the context for the practice of design. This change in the nature of work calls for new skills and perspectives beyond traditional college-level design education. It is critical that the industry expands its knowledge and expertise to remain economically viable and professionally relevant as it prepares for changing client demands and new opportunities for design influence. Read the trends Dialogue Dialogue is the ongoing series of fully open-access proceedings of the conferences and national symposia of the AIGA Design Educators Community (DEC). Issues of Dialogue contain papers from DEC conferences that focus on topics affecting design education, research, and professional practice, although each conference varies in theme. Michigan Publishing, the hub of scholarly publishing at the University of Michigan, publishes Dialogue on behalf of the AIGA DEC. Access past issues Promotion and Tenure The purpose of this resource is to provide guidance to those involved with Promotion and Tenure (P&T) processes of Graphic Design and Visual Communication Design Educators at US institutions of higher learning. It is not meant to address all possible topics and issues related to the P&T process, but should assist in dealing with issues commonly involved in the P&T process, and will provide suggestions on which policies and procedures may be based, at the discretion of the institution. Read more Guide to Internships AIGA believes that quality internships provide an invaluable stepping stone towards professional practice and create continuity within the design profession. We thank those who open their doors to young designers and generously share their knowledge and experience with the next generation of design practitioners. Read more High School Design Curriculum This four-unit graphic curriculum has been created specifically for high school educators. Areas addressed include An Introduction to Graphic Design, 2D Design Basics, Design Process, and Typography, as well as a glossary and supporting handouts. Created by AIGA Minnesota with support from AIGA Innovate. Download the curriculum Additional Teaching Resources Course Planning WRITING A SYLLABUS Published by Jossey-Bass The Course Syllabus, A Learning Centered Approach, Second Edition WRITING A SYLLABUS Chronicle of Higher Education How to Create a Syllabus WRITING A SYLLABUS Steven Heller Teaching Graphic Design: Course Offerings and Class Projects from the Leading Graduate and Undergraduate Programs CREATING A RUBRIC Robin Landa A Case for Using a Rubric In the Classroom CRITIQUE Karen Cheng How to Survive Critique: A Guide to Giving and Receiving Feedback—Part 1 CRITIQUE Karen Cheng How to Survive Critique—Part 2 CRITIQUE Yoon Soo Lee Functional Criticism— How to Have Productive Critiques in the Creative Classroom TEACHING ASSISTANTS John Bowers Handbook for Teaching Assistants COLLABORATION Marty Maxwell Lane and Rebecca Tegtmeyer Collab + Design Ed: Collaboration in Design Education Student Resources ADVICE Chad Hall and Jp Avila This is Design School ADVICE David Airey Advice for Design Students ADVICE Adrian Shaughnessy How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE Emily Ruth Cohen Brutally Honest: No Bullshit Strategies To Evolve Your Creative Business PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE Ted Leonhardt Nail It: Stories for Designers on Negotiating with Confidence BUILDING PORTFOLIOS Peachpit Stand Out BUILDING PORTFOLIOS Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit Flaunt BUILDING PORTFOLIOS Simon & Schuster Build Your Own Brand BUILDING PORTFOLIOS Juliette Cezzar AIGA Career Guide Select Publications CURRICULUM / PEDAGOGY Meredith Davis Teaching Design: A Guide to Curriculum and Pedagogy for College Design Faculty and Teachers Who Use Design in Their Classrooms CURRICULUM / PEDAGOGY Steven Heller The Education of a Graphic Designer ASSIGNMENTS Spector Books Taking a Line for a Walk: Assignments in Design Education ASSIGNMENTS Edited by Linda van Deursen 37 Assignments ASSIGNMENTS Steven Heller Teaching Graphic Design FOUNDATIONS Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips Graphic Design: The New Basics FOUNDATIONS Robin Landa Graphic Design Solutions, 6th edition FOUNDATIONS Meredith Davis Visual Communication Design: An Introduction to Design Concepts in Everyday Experience FOUNDATIONS Robin Landa, Rose Gonnella, and Steven Brower 2D: Visual Basics for Designers TYPOGRAPHY Jason Santa Maria A Book Apart: On Web Typography TYPOGRAPHY Simon Garfield Just My Type: A Book About Fonts TYPOGRAPHY Karen Cheng Designing Type TYPOGRAPHY Robert Bringhurst Elements of Typographic Style TYPOGRAPHY Matej Latin Better Web Typography for a Better Web TYPOGRAPHY Ellen Lupton Thinking With Type TYPOGRAPHY John Kane A Type Primer GRIDS Timothy Samara Making and Breaking the Grid, Second Edition, Updated and Expanded: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop GRIDS Josef Müller-Brockman Grid systems in graphic design: A visual communication manual for graphic designers, typographers and three dimensional designers THEORY Meredith Davis Graphic Design Theory (Graphic Design in Context) First Edition THEORY Helen Armstrong Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the Field COLOR Rose Gonnella and Max Friedman Design Fundamentals: Notes on Color COLOR Rose Gonnella and Max Friedman Design Fundamentals: Notes on Color COLOR Sean Adams The Designer’s Dictionary of Color PARTICIPATORY DESIGN Helen Armstrong and Zvezdana Stojmirovic Participate BRANDING Website Planet.com 30 Stats and Logo Facts INCLUSIVE DESIGN Ellen Lupton and Andrea Lipps The Senses: Design Beyond Vision INCLUSIVE DESIGN Kat Holmes Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life) CREATIVITY Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind CREATIVITY Kyna Leski he Storm of Creativity (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life) CREATIVITY Rosanne Somerson and Mara Hermano The Art of Critical Making: Rhode Island School of Design on Creative Practice INTERACTION/INTERFACE DESIGN Steve King Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability INTERACTION/INTERFACE DESIGN Jon Kolko Thoughts on Interaction Design DESIGN HISTORY Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design DESIGN HISTORY Steven Heller Teaching Graphic Design History DESIGN HISTORY Phillip B Meggs Megg’s History of Graphic Design 6th Edition DESIGN HISTORY Steven Heller and Véronique Vienne 100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design DESIGN HISTORY Richard Poulin Graphic Design and Architecture, A 20th Century History: A Guide to Type, Image, Symbol, and Visual Storytelling in the Modern World MOTION DESIGN Editors R. Brian Stone, Leah Walin; Routledge: 2018 The Theory and Practice of Motion Design: Critical Perspectives and Professional Practice PROCESS Beth Costello The Art of the Process: Establishing Good Habits for Successful Outcomes THE ROLE OF THE DESIGNER Steven McCarthy The Designer As… THE ROLE OF THE DESIGNER Steven Heller Citizen Designer THE ROLE OF THE DESIGNER Noah Scalin The Design Activists Handbook THINKING/WRITING Steven Heller Writing and Research for Graphic Designers: A Designer’s Manual to Strategic Communication and Presentation THINKING/WRITING Ellen Lupton Design is Storytelling THINKING/WRITING Ellen Lupton Graphic Design Thinking (Design Briefs) Related Videos Webinar Student-Run Design Studios A panel and discussion about the logistics and pedagogy of student-run design studios, facilitated by Jessica Jacobs and Meaghan Dee. Webinar Concepts of Affordance How might design educators apply concepts of affordance into their design courses? 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