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Graphic Essay

A graphic essay uses text and images to explore a specific topic. Graphic essays often look like graphic novels, magazines, or artist books, but like theory comix they generally convey non-fictional histories, cases, and/or arguments. Graphic essays can make content more accessible to new audiences or highlight unappreciated visual aspects of a topic.


Photoshop, Illustrator, Comic Life


  • Provide a cohesive structure and logical flow.
  • Determine the final format of the project at the beginning: print or web-based. Then, you avoid collecting resources that will not print out well or are not suitable for the web.
  • Employ good narrative structures to make your project interesting and impactful.