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Visual Order: Course

A course in basic design

Welcome to this foundation course in basic design, Visual Order. This course aims to strengthen your visual design skills towards controlling the viewer’s attention by understanding the rules of arranging visual elements in a two-dimensional space. We will discuss limitations of visual hierarchy and how Order as a concept can broaden your know-how of visual design from mere organisation of information to the act of making meanings.

Objectives: Learning outcome

  • Structuring a visual message
  • Understanding the creation of order in visual design
  • Conveying single meaning / conveying multiple meanings
  • Selective grouping / Combined grouping
  • Express type through form, scale, orientation and value
  • Type semantics, expressive typography
  • Build sensitivity to subtle and gross visual relationships
  • Translating a picture into equivalent typographic messages
  • To ensure communication as an object-oriented description rather than a viewer-oriented description
  • To be able to experience the variables of visual relationship towards perceiving the elements of a composition as a whole

Complimentary objectives:

  • To focus on the task rather than the tool (software)
  • To learn image editing, publishing and documentation and working with precision
  • To encourage working in a team-leading to discussions and constructive criticism
Workshop on visual order at Vishwaniketan School of Design:  Students: Vinay, Surbhi and Medini

Importance of the assignment criteria:

Tasks in this assignment are evaluated objectively and are solely based on assignment criteria. They are not governed by the personal likes or dislikes of the instructor. Therefore read the tasks and instructions carefully. If the assignment criteria are perceived differently by the students and the instructor, then we lose time. However, constructive arguments in alignment with the tasks can be defended objectively, this approach matches my teaching philosophy

Download: Assignment 

Last updated: 8 APR. 2020
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Mandar Rane
Prof. Mandar Rane
Communication Design
Faculty IDC, IIT Bombay
Primary Audience:
Undergraduate and postgraduate students of design 
Secondary Audience:
Aspiring designers keen on learn visual design

1. Knowledge of basic photography typography
2. Awareness about elements and principles of design 


Given below is the cover slide of the linked presentation. Every assignment is linked with a presentation. Presentation is revealed after you complete the given assignment. The presentation provides an understanding of the subject.
Title of presentation:
Understanding Visual Order - 1

Number of slides: 

Lecture Duration:
1. 5  Hours