How a website or app looks is every bit as important to how the user feels about the experience as the flow, order, and navigation of the project. Even if you’ve never had formal visual design training, you can still make intelligent decisions about how your website or app prototypes look with a little understanding of the fundamentals of good visual design.
While you can’t replicate an entire education on the foundations of design in just five weeks, you can make a surprising amount of progress with a basic understanding of what separates good visual design from bad. So, in this class, we’ll rely on a combination of instructor-led presentations and critiques of your weekly assignments to give you a basic skill set in visual design. Plan to cover these topics and more:
The elements of good layout and basics of the grid system
Best practices in typography, especially for small screens
The logical and expressive side of color combinations
How to choose and crop imagery for websites and apps
Building on existing style guides and brand expression guides
Resources for improving your visual design skills
Who should take this class?
This class is for those entering the field of user experience who don’t have foundational design skills.
Prerequisites – None. Please bring a laptop to each class.
NOTE: No class on Memorial Day, 5/28
You may receive a partial refund of your tuition if you drop a class or your enrollment is terminated by SVC due to lack of progress or disciplinary problems. In these cases, this is the schedule for determining the amount of your refund:
Cancellation and Refund Policy for Classes:
SVC will refund all money paid if the student is not accepted. This includes instances where a class is cancelled by the school.
SVC will refund all the money paid if the student cancels within five business days (excluding Sundays and holidays) after registration and/or an initial payment is made, as long as the student has not begun training.
SVC will retain the established $45 registration fee if the student cancels after the fifth business day after registration and/or making an initial payment.
If training is terminated after the student enters classes, SVC may retain the registration fee established under (3) of this subsection, plus a percentage of the total tuition as described in the following table:
# of Classes Attended
% Tuition Refunded
0 100% 1 75% 2 50% 3+ 0%
# of Classes Attended
% Tuition Refunded
0 100% 1 90% 2 75% 3–5 50% 6+ 0%
When calculating refunds, the official date of a student's termination is the last day of recorded attendance:
(a) When the school receives notice of the student's intention to discontinue the training program; or, (b) When the student is terminated for a violation of a published school policy which provides for termination; or, (c) When a student, without notice, fails to attend classes for thirty calendar days.
All refunds must be paid within thirty calendar days of the student’s official termination date. Workshops:
There is a $75 cancellation fee for no-shows and enrollees dropping a one-day workshop without a valid excuse within 3 business days of the scheduled start time as published on the SVC website.
This refund policy is in accordance with Washington State Law, 490-105-130 (RCW 28C.10.050 (1)(b)).
School of Visual Concepts
SVC helps people already in the business of marketing, branding, design, UX, and content creation fill in the gaps in their knowledge through public full- and half-day workshops and custom corporate workshops.
If you’re looking to add to your portfolio or fill in some blank spaces in your brain, you can’t do much better than SVC.
The instructors are all top-notch working professionals who bring real world and big brand knowledge into the classroom. Our thinking is that the best people to teach you something aren't teachers. So, instead of a full-time faculty, our classes and workshops are taught by working professionals. More often than not, these are people at the top of their game, not wannabes or used-to-be-best. The connections you'll make with these pros can sometimes be as valuable as the material they'll teach you.
All this happens in an environment of friendliness, helpfulness and encouragement. Might this have something to do with the fact that 99% of SVC students say they’d recommend us?