DESN 232 — RAPID VIZ I  |  FALL 2019  |  T/TH 4:00–6:45PM

Exploratory and Analysis. By drawing, you are thinking about the problem and considering solutions while not jumping to first-thought solutions, which may be strong, or may be lame, but drawing helps to discover what you know, and don't know and can do more research and development of.

WEEK 1  |  232

Monday, Aug 27

First Day of Class Instruction. Learn about parking options and
view a
campus map (PDF) to orient yourself with the CSULB Campus!

Late Registration Fee. Once classes begin, there will be an
additional fee for Late Registration ($25 non-refundable).

Open University Enrollment Begins. Open University provides an opportunity for those people who are not currently admitted to CSULB
to enroll in courses offered by the university. (CCPE students looking to enroll in a state university course), until September 24.

Tuesday, Aug 28

Review roster, website, syllabus, schedule, books, supplies,
other resources:

Thursday, Aug 30

Complete unfinished business

Timed Warm-up Exercise and Skills Assessment (45min). Challenge to be presented in class. Sketch, LARGE on Bond, Trace, or Marker paper using ink, markers, Prismacolor pencils. Show your skills...


Summary / Overview

Review basic perspective construction techniques and gauge students’ knowledge of perspective by having them draw a fairly complex object
in the room: a chair, stool, door handle, faucet, lamp, etc.. Most
students will draw what they see, rather than rely on their knowledge
of perspective rules. This allows the teacher to remind them that they
don't have to see the object in order to draw it. If they understand
the rules and understand its structure, they can construct it, and add details into the structure of the drawing.


WEEK 2  |  232

Tuesday, Sept 4

Review: Drawing demos, Draw-through mechanics, Line weights, Inking...Intro to and incorporation of Human Scale and Anatomy. Use of underlays is fine. Wearing, holding, sitting, etc.

In-class Exercise Digital submission due to prior to start of class

BEGIN PROJECT 1: Type-A Sketches

Thursday, Sept 6

Work session with Demos as necessary

WEEK 3  |  232

Monday, Sept 10

Online Registration and Adjustments Ends. This is the last day you
can register for classes or make adjustments to your class schedule via the MyCSULB Student Center.

Drop Class Deadline (Without W). This is the drop class deadline
without receiving a "W" on your official university record. Use the MyCSULB Student Center, by 10:00 pm. For more information, visit
Dropping vs. Withdrawing.

Deadline for Partial Withdrawal with Refund of Fees. Deadline for partial withdrawal with refund of fees. See Tuition and Fees for more information.

In Person Registration & Adjustments Period. Sept 11-24. During this period, you can come to the Enrollment Services windows to register and adjust your schedule. Enrollment Services is located on the first floor of Brotman Hall.

Tuesday, Sept 11

Work session with Demos as necessary

Thursday, Sept 13

Work session with Demos as necessary

WEEK 4  |  232

Monday, Sept 17

Add Course Deadline (No Fee). In order to make adjustments to your schedule, you need to consult with the instructor of the course for space availability and use the Late Registration Request Form (PDF) and
bring it to the Enrollment Services Windows. This is the last day
before a fee is assessed.

Deadline to file CR/NC (No Fee). Last Day to file Credit/No Credit without a $10 fee. Visit Understanding Grades and Grading for more information.

Deadline to file Credit by Examination. In order to file a credit by examination, you must contact your department for the proper form.
Once approved by the department, it must be submitted to Enrollment Services by the deadline stated.

Tuesday, Sept 18


Thursday, Sept 20

P1 Digital submission due to prior to start of class

BEGIN PROJECT 2. Imaginary Machines

Advanced Form Study, Gesture, Expressive Forms

WEEK 5  |  232

Monday, Sept 24

Add Course Final Deadline (With Fee). Last day to add courses
with a $10 missed deadline fee.

Final Deadline for CR/NC or Audit Grade Options with Fee.
Last Day to file Credit/No Credit or Audit Grade Option with a $10 fee.
Understanding Grades and Grading for more information.

University Census. On this day, CSULB takes a "snapshot" of all students' enrollment which becomes the "official enrollment" that is
used for both state reporting and select financial aid programs.

Tuesday, Sept 25


Thursday, Sept 27

Work session with Demos as necessary

WEEK 6  |  232

Tuesday, Oct 2

Work session with Demos as necessary

Thursday, Oct 4

Work session with Demos as necessary

WEEK 7  |  232

Tuesday, Oct 9


Thursday, Oct 11

P2 Digital submission due to prior to start of class

BEGIN PROJECT 3: Transformation

WEEK 8  |  232

Tuesday, Oct 16

 Work session with Demos

Thursday, Oct 18

 Work session with Demos

WEEK 9  |  232

Tuesday, Oct 23


Thursday, Oct 25

 Work session with Demos

WEEK 10  |  232

Tuesday, Oct 30

moving on to Exploded Assembly (PART 3)

Thursday, Nov 1

 Work session with Demos

WEEK 11  |  232

Tuesday, Nov 6

 Work session

Thursday, Nov 8


WEEK 12  |  232

Tuesday, Nov 13

 NO CLASS - Veterans Day Observed

Thursday, Nov 15

P3 Digital submission due to prior to start of class

BEGIN PROJECT 4: Descriptive, Analysis How To...


WEEK 13  |  232

Tuesday, Nov 26

 Work session with Demos

Thursday, Nov 28

 Work session with Demos

WEEK 14  |  232

Tuesday, Dec 4

 Work session with Demos

Thursday, Dec 6

Work session with Demos

WEEK 15  |  232

Tuesday, Dec 11

Last day of instruction

WEEK 16  |  232

Tuesday, Dec 18

FINAL EXAM SESSION | 5 – 7:00 pm


P4 Digital submission due to by
Wednesday, December 19, 5:00 pm

Academic CalendarKey Dates & DeadlinesFinal Exam Schedule




PART ONE: Reviewing the Basics

Week 1&2 (Summer Week 1)

  1. Drawing w/Confidence
  2. Review of Basic Perspective Theory and Freehand Construction
  3. Inking w/ 3 Line Weights
  4. Page Layout, Identity, Establishing a Hierarchy
    and Emphasis
  5. Annotations, Framing methods


PART TWO: Drawing and Generating form and Surface


Week 4 (Summer Week 2)

  1. Form and Surface Defined
  2. Additive versus Subtractive Form Generation
  3. Stacking Form Primitives - Dominant, Subordinate and Detail
  4. Using Physical Modifiers to Generate Variations
    on a Form
  5. Machine Logic: Input,
    Throughput and Output
  6. Pencil Sketches. Marker Sketches and Presentation Drawings
  7. 50/50 Rule: 50% Drawing /
    50% Notation
  8. Basic Shading and Material Indication


This is a "Skill-building" class (as defined by department leadership). Focus on developing your VISUAL COMMUNICATION skills (sketching, rendering, etc.)
and confidence, first and foremost. I am here to guide, coach, and assist you, and assess a value to the work product you create, but not
do your work for you.


PART TWO: Drawing and Generating form and Surface


Week 7 (S Week 3)

  1. Ideation: Definition, Application; Experience, Research, Analogy; Recommendation
  2. Configuration Drawings
    versus Styling
  3. Gesture Drawing
    and Directed
    Gesture Drawing
    for Styling
  4. Emotive or abstract qualities such as fast, slow, sleek, aggressive, friendly, linear, non-linear, symmetry, asymmetric, or other formal elements.




Week 10 (S Wk 4)

  1. Ergonomics
  2. Styling Cues
  3. The Abstraction Scale
  4. Color Drawing
  5. Drawing Repair: Patching & Inserting, and/or Photoshop Retouching
  6. Designing &
    Drawing Side
    Views and Elevation




Week 12 (S Week 5)

  1. Environmental Design Logic
  2. Focal point, principals of
    symmetry / asymmetry
  3. Drawing with(out) a Perspective Grid / Underlays
  4. Depth and Lighting Effects
  5. Gesture Drawing and Directed Gesture Drawing
    for Styling


PART FOUR: Visual Narrative

Week 14 (Summer Week 6)

  1. Drawing With Confidence
  2. Inking with Three Line Weights
  3. Page Layout, Identity,
  4. Establishing a Hierarchy
    and Emphasis
  5. Info-graphic Techniques:
    Arrows, Annotations,
    Framing methods, etc.

As you can see in the example below of graphic design and illustration for a HOW Magazine cover, it's common practice for an initial "comp" to be rough, but you have to have the skills to refine your work to make it professional, and most effective.

There's no such thing as talent, just discipline and commitment. Period. No excuses.

"There is no try; only do,
or do not." —Yoda


NOTE: Each assignment will include each of these stages and/or drawing types:



How to Sharpen Your

Sketching Skills

from creativebloq


    • Import image
    • Image Size / Canvas Size
    • Resolution
    • Crop / Perspective Crop
    • Clone Stamp Retouching
    • Level Adjustments
    • Unsharp Mask
      (if necessary)
    • Adding Text / Signature
    • Transform > Scale
    • Saving as JPG for print

    • Color Modes and “Desaturation”
    • Layers
    • Layer Blending Options
    • Painting / Coloring
    • Lasso Selections
    • Magic Wand Selections
    • Color Adjust w/Hues
      & Saturation
    • Quick highlights / core-shading

    • Color Modes and “Desaturation”
    • Layers
    • Layer Blending Options
    • Painting / Coloring
    • Lasso Selections
    • Magic Wand Selections
    • Color Adjust w/Hues & Saturation
    • Quick highlights / core-shading

    • Applying Patterns
    • Creating Custom Tiles
    • Transform > Mirror Flip (symmetry in top views)
    • Transform > Warp & Distort
    • Trees & People





Exploratory Drawing is where one begins, sketch your RESEARCH. Through repetition and frequent practice, a designer can freely create a large number of formal variations prior to choosing a preconceived, and often arbitrary direction.

After a significant range of ideas have been examined or explored, refinements and narrowing-down options from your exploration. Articulation of Details, addressing Scale, Incorporating the human figure.

Emotive or Persuasive Rendering is used toward the end of the Exploratory Phase in order to persuade your client, marketing directors, CEOs, etc. to move forward in one or two select directions. This is not the end of the process and in fact one should expect to repeat Phase 1 as you incorporate feedback and other viewpoints provided at this presentation stage.

Explanatory Sketches are  rarely presentational in and of themselves but instead are used in conjunction with your Persuasive Renderings to reinforce your statements and declarations about your design idea. Think of these as supporting evidence drawings.

Prescriptive drawings are generally technical and may include patent drawings, assembly diagrams, "shop drawings" for fabrication, etc. Today, we mostly rely on the CAD software due to the precision, speed of refinement, and relational attribute advantages. NOTE, this is NOT the focal stage of this class.

The instructor reserves the right to update and change the schedule and due dates as necessary.



LAST BUT NOT LEAST, PRESENTATION. ALWAYS. FINISH and EMPOWER your work, vision, ideas, with an effective Presentation that is well Composed to FOCUS ON YOUR WORK. Do not let your presentation "graphics" become gimmick-driven or distractingly decorative, taking focus away from your design(s) rather than positively reinforcing your design work. Remember, what is your point and reinforce that message.


* Estimate only. See instructor and calendar for specific due dates. Summer Session schedule is more compressed with one week equal to approximately two and half semester weeks.

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