Visual Communication SupportWe offer peer tutoring for all kinds of visual design projects resumes & portfolios
exhibition pamphlets & wall text
etc. focused on core principles and skills. choosing and setting type
designing on a grid
selecting and applying color
understanding software programs
A selection of specially trained tutors (all Graphic Design majors) are ready to help you:*
– Understand the basic principles of visual communication
– Consider your intended audience and purpose
– See your work from a viewer’s perspective
– Critique specific qualities and choices
– Get “insider” advice and strategies
– Learn to use programs like InDesign efficiently
– Find resources for self-study and practice
*Keep in mind that we can only focus on one or two priorities in each appointment; follow-up visits are encouraged.
Visual Communication at RISD
People often expect an artist or designer to be adept at all kinds of visual composition — even though a Furniture or Textiles major may never get to take a Graphic Design course. You will want to have a clean and professional resume, a beautiful and user-friendly website, and attractive posters for shows and events. These demands are in fact universal; our screen-and-image-driven world requires us all to create and interpret both content and form.
You’ll have plenty of practice creating visual projects at RISD — and not just related to your work. You’ll create slides for class presentations and artist talks; you’ll make flyers and postcards for exhibitions; you’ll design business cards for portfolio review and design your own thesis book. Working with a tutor will allow you to do so with greater awareness, skill, and effectiveness.
Providing a kind of “free design consultancy” for both beginners and those with foundational knowledge, visual communication tutors share basic design principles, like establishing aesthetic, choosing and setting type, designing on a grid, creating image strategies, and selecting and applying color. They can also give critical feedback on particular projects and help with how-tos in various design programs.