Experimental Form: Ideation in Design - RISD Summer Programs graphic design course

Experimental Form: Ideation in Design

Creating unique images and messages that deliver meaning is the essential challenge designers and artists face every day. How we shape, experiment and interpret this making is a perpetual challenge. In this course, you will undertake an intuitive exploration of generating visual graphic forms—in 2D, 3D, 4D and beyond. An engagement in cultural and familial lineage (where do you come from?) serves as the entry point. Emphasis on formative storytelling and making sense of experiential situations—bodies, geographies and histories—frame outcomes. Exercises include direct engagement with, and an interrogation of, accepted and canonized ways of generating visual forms—methods, strategies, structures, tools, models and systems for making. As a final project, you’ll develop a notated catalog/collection of unique forms, icons, motifs and mark-making that can speak and tell stories to your intended community. We are going to make/iterate a lot, with critical rigor, thoughtfulness, intelligence, respect, risk, love and joy.

Students exhibit their work at Open Studios held 4–6 pm on the final day of class.

Student laptop required with the following specifications and English language software loaded: latest version MacOS (preferred) or Windows, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. Students in SIGDS courses pay for their own printing and can expect to spend $75 or more depending on the course and desired outcomes.

Course #3266
Ramon Tejada

Schedule 3
July 20–31, 2020
9 am–4 pm

Tuition $2,975
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380

3 Credits


Ramon Tejada

Ramon Tejada is an independent Dominican-American designer and teacher based in Providence. He works in a hybrid design-teaching practice that focuses on collaborative design practices and not-for-profit and educational organizations. He is an assistant professor in the Graphic Design department at Rhode Island School of Design; he has also taught in the graduate MFA Communication Design program at Pratt Institute; at the undergraduate level at Parsons/The New School and CUNY-Queens College; and in the MA program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). He received an MFA in performance arts from Bennington College and an MFA in graphic design from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.