University of Technology Sydney

89200 Design Communication

6cp; This subject is taught in block mode: on campus (4 x 6hrs workshops; delivered over two weekends), online (18hrs x online zoom sessions; delivered over six weeks)
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 89037 The Power of Design: to Improve Your Business Communications AND 89038 The Power of Design: to Make Impactful Charts and Infographics


This subject gives students the opportunity to learn and apply the foundational principles of visual language and examines how these underpin the effective presentation of information. The first half of the subject outlines fundamental design principles and techniques and examines how these can be employed to create more meaningful and persuasive presentations. It draws heavily upon editorial design strategies and how these can be applied to increase the humanity, connection and influence of design and business communications. Students then progress to examine how these visual and storytelling principles pertain to the production of simple but effective data visualisations: charts and infographics. Through lectures, exercises and group critiques, students develop and iterate practical, problem-based design outcomes that build context, knowledge and conceptual thinking capacity.

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