Dr. Tarek Bahaa El Deen
Associate Professor of Graphic Design

How to Increase Student Creativity in Graphic Design

what the practices can use to increase the student creativity in filed of graphic design in general

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • Illustrator

    Create beautiful vector art and illustrations.

  • InDesign

    Craft elegant layouts at your desk or on the go.

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Jody Campbell

Posted on 7/28/14 3:58:53 PM Permalink

I suggest problem base learning, serendipity has no place in graphic design. By presenting a real world problem such as designing a package based on a style guide the student is forced to work in a real world way and it builds the fundamental skill of problem solving.

Alice Misckle

Posted on 11/29/13 8:42:25 AM Permalink

carolyn brown

Posted on 10/15/13 4:29:20 AM Permalink

I require students to shoot their own photographs as part of their design projects. If they shoot their own photos, they tend to be much more creative than if they use stock photos. Additionally, working with a camera teaches them how to "see" and manipulating their own photos in Adobe shows them how important cropping and digital correction is.

Aaron Roberts

Posted on 10/9/13 12:33:08 PM Permalink

I would absolutely agree with the previous two comments. As Dale mentioned, Project Based Learning is a huge motivator for many. Come up with project prompts that are pitched to mimic real-world design problems that needs to be solved. Also, the importance of the fundamentals of drawing cannot be overstated.

I would add that I have gotten a lot of creativity out of my students by breaking out of the "graphic design" box. Many projects that my students create are more "art" projects using Photoshop and Illustrator. They create a "cute monster" vector illustration, a surreal photoshop composite and other projects. We are then able to use such creations with text, logos, et al to create a a "graphic design" project.

Good luck!

Rajesh Krishnan

Posted on 10/5/13 12:21:28 PM Permalink

I am assuming that the student would be in college. Learning the fundamentals of traditional art, digital art, traditional drawing skills would be a start.

Dale Bendsak

Posted on 9/28/13 1:03:26 PM Permalink

I would suggest Project Based Learning. Instead of using traditional methods for education, have students work thru real world assignments that challenge their critical thinking skills and creativity.

Ahmed Ali Moselhi

Posted on 2/7/14 8:36:51 PM Permalink

i agree with you