What will I learn?


Introduction to the principles, tools, and techniques of visual design and visual communication. Students learn the fundamentals of line, shape, color, composition, and type and use these basic building blocks to communicate with clarity, emotion, and meaning. Four successive design projects introduce new principles and techniques each week. Projects focus on the digital realm of mobile phones, tablets, websites, and other screen-based interfaces. Students get hands-on experience with both vector and bitmap software packages. No prior experience required.

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 2018

  • 10 Weeks

  • DESINST 270

  • Wed. 6:00-7:50pm

  • 2 Units

  • Letter Grade or Credit/No Credit

  • Studio 1


Apply by Friday, September 7th

Apply here!

Accepting 24 students.

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

Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.