Introduction to Contemporary Graphic Design 2

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307ESFD2 ZK 2 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 29 to 39 hours of self-study English summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The aim of the course Introduction to Contemporary Graphic Design 2 is to acquaint students with the principles of creating a multi-page document in Adobe InDesign. Emphasis is placed not only on the knowledge of software, but also on the overall concept of graphic design in relation to the way of its publication (print / online). At the end of the seminar, everyone should be able to prepare a document with a properly set up layout, text styles, links to images and export the final PDF file.

Mode of study

Teaching in the seminar takes the form of individual consultations, presentation of examples and explanation of work in the software.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Completion of Introduction to Contemporary Graphic Design 1 is required.

Course contents

•Basic principles of printing layout and presentation

•Document content rhytmisation, templates alternation

•Interaction between images and texts

•Hierarchy of visual elements

•Basic typesetting rules

•Relationship between graphic draft and final output in material

•Work in InDesign (document settings, templates, text styles, image links, output export)

Recommended or required reading


ANTON, Kelly Kordes, DEJARLD, Tina, eds. Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book. Indianapolis: Pearson Education, 2019. ISBN 978-0-13-526215-3

WOOD, Brian. Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book. San Francisco: Adobe Press, 2019. ISBN 978-0135262160

FELICI, Jim. The Complete Manual of Typography: A Guide to Setting Perfect Type. Indianapolis: Pearson Education, 2011. ISBN 978-0-321-77326-5

SAMARA, Timothy. Design Elements: A Graphic Style Manual. Rockport: Rockport Publishers, 2007. ISBN 978-1-59253-261-2


BAUR, Ruedi, BOOM, Irma, GOGGIN, James, eds. Area 2. London, New York: Phaidon Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7148-4855-6

BEEKE, Anthon, BELL, Nick, CATO, Ken, eds. Area. London, New York: Phaidon Press, 2003. ISBN 978-0-7148-4325-4

BERGER, John. Ways of Seeing. London: Penguin Books, 2008. ISBN 9780141035796

BROUSIL, Tomáš, DOČEKALOVÁ, Petra, eds. Typo 9010: Czech Digitized Typeface 1990–2010. Praha: BiggBoss, 2015. ISBN 978-80-906019-5-6

TWEMLOW, Alice. What Is Graphic Design For?. Brighton: Rotovision, 2006. ISBN 978-2940361076

TWOPOINTS.NET, ed. Pretty Ugly: Visual Rebellion in Design. Berlin: Gestalten, 2012. ISBN 978-3-89955-423-6

BOSÁK, Petr, JANSA, Robert, eds. Proto: Grafický design a současné umění. Praha:, Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová v Praze, Quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog, 2013. ISBN 978-80-87259-22-1, ISBN 978-80-86863-60-3, ISBN 978-80-905691-0-2

SELBY, Aimee, ed. Art and Text. London: Black Dog Publishing, 2009. ISBN 978-1-906155-65-0



AYNSLEY, Jeremy. A Century of Graphic Design. New York: Barron’s Educational Series, 2001. ISBN 0-7641-5324-2

HOLLIS, Richard. Graphic Design: A Concise History. London: Thames & Hudson, 2014.

ISBN 978-0-500-20347-7

LIVINGSTON, Alan; LIVINGSTON Isabella. Dictionary of Graphic Design and Designers. 3rd ed. London: Thames & Hudson, 2012. World of art. ISBN 978-0-500-20413-9

Assessment methods and criteria


Winter semester – exam

Summer semester – exam

The subject of evaluation is submission of the final file, printed model, or photo documentation of the realized project. The creative invention is evaluated, as well as the technical processing of the document.

The prerequisite for granting credit is regular attendance at the seminar.


Result: Realization of the author's portfolio

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