What will I learn?


This course will introduce you to the basic principles, tools and techniques of visual design. You will learn the fundamentals of line, shape, composition, color and type. You will use these basic building blocks to communicate visually with clarity, emotion and meaning. Four successive design projects will introduce new principles and techniques each week. Projects will focus on on the digital realm of mobile phones, tablets, websites and other screen-based interfaces. Students will get hands-on experience with both vector and bitmap software packages.

Learn With

Teaching Team

Dave Baggeroer

Heather Tompkins
Lead Designer, DIY

Nazir Agah
Freelance Designer, DIY

Contact Us




Any questions?

How can I contact the teaching team? 

Email davebags@stanford.edu


  • Fall 2019

  • 10 Weeks

  • DESINST 270

  • Wed. 6:00-7:50pm

  • 2 Units

  • Letter Grade or Credit/No Credit

  • Studio 1


Apply by Friday, September 6th

Applications are now closed.

Accepting 24 students.

Open to Graduate and Undergraduate Students, Fellows, and Postdocs.

Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.