Imagery and Text

Instructional Packages

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Resume/CV

Resumes are text-based documents that provide a potential employer with one’s basic information, educational history, and work experience. Resumes tend to be on one sheet of paper.

A CV (or curriculum vitae) is typically used in academic contexts. Similar to a resume, it will contain basic contact information, educational experience, and work experience as well as publications, public service experience, and involvement within institutions and the larger academic community. CVs can be as long as is necessary to provide the relevant information.

This instructional package includes:
  • Help developing your assignment
  • Grading guides, and help developing a grading rubric
  • In-class workshops that can be delivered in the following lengths:
    • 1 – Standard (~30 min) workshop – Concepts only
    • 2 – Standard (~30 min) workshops  – Concepts and Software
    • 1  – Long (~60 min) workshop – Concepts and Software
  • Handouts for students that summarize the basic principles from the workshops
  • One-on-one or small group consultations for students in DesignLab

Print Design (Magazines/Reports)

The print design instructional package is focused on using digital tools (such as Canva or InDesign) to create printed materials, such as magazines, casebooks, marketing reports, and more. Often the print designs are text-heavy, but use a combination of images, texts, and a style template.

This instructional package includes:
  • Example assignment prompts, and help developing your assignment
  • Grading guides, and help developing a grading rubric
  • In-class workshops that can be delivered in the following lengths:
    • 1 – Standard (~30 min) workshop – Concepts only
    • 2 – Standard (~30 min) workshops  – Concepts and Software
    • 1  – Long (~60 min) workshop – Concepts and Software
  • Handouts for students that summarize the basic principles from the workshops
  • One-on-one or small group consultations for students in DesignLab

Graphic Essay

A graphic essay uses text and images to explore a specific topic. Graphic essays can look like comics or graphic novels, magazines, collages, artist books, or websites. Graphic essays often first take the form of standard written essays and then have graphic elements added to enrich the reader experience.

This instructional package includes:
  • Example assignment prompts, and help developing your assignment
  • Grading guides, and help developing a grading rubric
  • In-class workshops that can be delivered in the following lengths:
    • 1 – Standard (~30 min) workshop – Concepts only
    • 2 – Standard (~30 min) workshops  – Concepts and Software
    • 1  – Long (~60 min) workshop – Concepts and Software
  • Handouts for students that summarize the basic principles from the workshops
  • One-on-one or small group consultations for students in DesignLab

Comics

Comics are a genre used to express ideas through images combined with text or other visual information. Comics can take the form of a single panel or a series of juxtaposed panels of images. Text is conveyed via captions below the panel(s), or speech bubbles and onomatopoeias within the panel(s), to indicate dialogue, narration, sound effects, or other information.

Please Note: Due to the cost of the software available for making comics, we do not recommend this instructional package unless your course has funds available to bulk purchase Comic Life or Pixton for your students.

This instructional package includes:
  • Example assignment prompts, and help developing your assignment
  • Grading guides, and help developing a grading rubric
  • In-class workshops that can be delivered in the following lengths:
    • 2 – Standard (~30 min) workshops
    • 1  – Long (~60 min) workshop
    • Please Note: These workshops include time for both design training and software training
  • Handouts for students that summarize the basic principles from the workshops
  • One-on-one or small group consultations for students in DesignLab

Digital Collage

A digital collage is a form of graphic art that uses virtual imagery and textures from different sources pieced and layered together into one image. Collages can be made up of personally created images, stock photos, Google images (be sure they’re labelled for re-use), etc.

A digital collage combined with text is often called a “graphic essay” (see below).

This instructional package includes:
  • Help developing your assignment
  • Grading guides, and help developing a grading rubric
  • In-class workshops that can be delivered in the following lengths:
    • 1 – Standard (~30 min) workshop – Concepts only
    • 1 – Standard (~30 min) + 1 – Long (~60 min) workshop – Concepts and Software
    • 2  – Long (~60 min) workshops – Concepts and Software
  • Handouts for students that summarize the basic principles from the workshops
  • One-on-one or small group consultations for students in DesignLab

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Want to try something different?

The above options are just a few examples of imagery- and text-based instructional packages available.

If you would like to try something different, contact us at designlab@wisc.edu to discuss more options!

Check out the Imagery & Text Resource Page for examples and more about the software available.

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