Design Principles for Non-Designers

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Design Principles for Non-Designers

A Hands-on Workshop for Designing Web Sites, Documents, and Presentations

Putting your best foot forward in today's competitive business environment is vital in creating marketing materials, such as business cards and presentations. In this one-day hands-on workshop you'll learn the basic principles of graphic design and how to apply them to create effective and compelling communication. Understanding these principles will arm you with the know-how to make your work look more professional, organized, interesting and have more impact.

In each of the four principles listed below we'll start with understanding the principle, looking at numerous samples, applying the principle during class and getting immediate feedback from the both the instructor and your classmates.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of design principles.Those who will benefit include but are not limited to:

  • Professionals who realize that a compelling presentation will gain greater buy-in from the audience
  • Business people who are creating reports and know that a good-looking report will gain wider readership
  • Entrepreneurs who are creating their own marketing materials, including Websites, brochures, business cards and other printed communications
  • Assistants whose boss has put them in charge of the company newsletter/communications
  • Students who recognize that a well-written and visually organized paper gets a better grade
  • Teachers who understand that students respond more positively to information that is well laid-out
  • Anyone else who needs to create easy-to-read, attractive materials

Attend and You Will Learn

The Principle of Proximity

  • How proximity achieves flow and guides the reader through the material
  • Using white space - when to use it and why

The Principle of Alignment

  • How to make conscious design decisions
  • How alignment helps create stronger more compelling layouts
  • Grids - what are they and how do we use them

The Principle of Repetition

  • Why repetition is important to the overall flow
  • How repetition helps create balance for a more professional look and feel

The Principle of Contrast

  • How contrast adds visual interest and holds our attention
  • What kinds of elements help create contrast


  • The color wheel
  • Warm vs. cool colors
  • Choosing colors
  • CMYK and RGB color spaces

Designing with Type

  • Categories of type and how to combine them


  Design Principles for Non-Designers
CTU-DPND-C - 042
  2016 - TTS - Jan - April 2016   Status:  Available
In-Class:   Fri 9:00AM - 4:30PM
12 Feb 2016
Class Schedule: 1 Sessions
Contact Hours: 6.0
Course Fee(s):
Gov't & Non-Profit Registration Fee non-credit    $199.00
Registration Fee non-credit    $249.00
Potential Discount(s):
  0.60 CEUs
Location:   On Campus
Instructors: Leslie Byrd