Principles of Visual Design
I am writing in behalf of Mr. Chris Christensen who was in my class LMC2720 Principles of Visual Design, during the 11/12 academic year at the school of Literature, Media, and Communication Georgia Tech, while he did an exchange studentship.
LMC2720 is a fundamental visual design course that provides students with knowledge on graphic design principles such as forms, color, typography, and layout. These learning are practiced through various projects including brand identity design, poster design, and infographics. For these projects students learn Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and inDesign.
Chris was one of the most enjoyable students that I taught. As an instructor, having him was a rewarding experience. He was enthusiastic about the topics and projects of the class; he was very engaged in the class discussions and brought up insightful questions and critiques. He always completed all the projects at a very satisfying level without missing any deadlines. Ultimately, he finished the course as a top three student among twenty-two students, one of the best students among more than one hundred in terms of the accumulated final performance.
Besides the diligent attitudes for the class, Chris possesses both visual aesthetics and logical thinking that are critical for being an effective designer. He has a good understanding of typography planning, color combination and layout design, and executes his ideas in creative and logical forms. The quality of his work at my class was far beyond what is expected for the first-time visual design learners. I use many of his assignments as a part of good examples for students in the following semester.
Overall, through the interaction with him, I find that Chris is very motivated to learn new things and pushes himself to achieve more than what is required. I believe this quality is very important for one to develop himself or herself and to be successful in new environments. At last, I have an impression that Chris is very social and helpful in and out of the class. Upon his abilities, attitudes, and personality that I have observed, I am certain that he can grow himself as a successful and cooperative professional in a design-related industry.
Ph.D Candidate in Digital Media
Instructor at School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Georgia Institute of Technology