Ecological Communication Design
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Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Design Strategies
Department: Environmental Studies
Course Number: PSDS 1601
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Environmental Studies
- Sustainable Design
- Graphic Design
Damage to ecosystems and ecological sustainability tends not to be visible; as a result, environmental science and activism require careful strategies for visualizing ecological relations. This course will introduce students to a range of visual communication principles, techniques and tools, such as figurative and diagrammatic image composition, digital image manipulation, page composition, sequential art, typography and information design. By the end of the course students will be familiar with key design software and able to produce resolved compact digital files and print materials. These elements of visual communication design will be learned in the context of seminars about the history of visualizations in environmental science and activism, with topics such as romantic landscape painting and the establishment of national parks, nature conservation and animal photography, scientific illustrations and the birth of ecology, diagramming ecosystems, visual narratives and ecological politics, visualizing quantitative information and environmental policy, sketching scenarios of desirable sustainable futures.
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students.
Open to Undergraduate students.