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GRA 519
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Course Objectives: 

The students will learn to draw attention to the problems of the city, community or international masses by means of design or to find a solution. It is aimed to raise awareness through design, to be a problem solver or to draw attention to the problem. Students will also be able to comprehend their activities as a designer and develop graphic communication solutions by examining and discussing what is done in the world with national and international examples.

Course Content: 

In Design and Social Responsibility course, students work to find creative solutions to a global or local problem through design. The solution is designed to create awareness or design / change behavior. Students learn to design solutions for the local problems of the geography they live in, the community they live in, or the common problems of international audiences and the world. Social issues such as consumption, infectious diseases, environmental problems, gender, migration, literacy and education and violence are among the social problems in which the course focuses on raising awareness and seeking solutions through design.

Teaching Methods: 
1- Lecture 2-Case Study 3-Brain Storming 4- In-class Discussion 5- Creative Problem Solving 6- Demonstration (Computer Practice)
Assessment Methods: 
A: Assignments B: Project C: Presentation

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes of the Course Learning Outcomes of the Program Teaching Methods Measurement Methods
Having the knowledge and experience on basic design principles, elements and elements to be able to use this information effectively for social benefit design solutions 1, 2 1,2 2,4
To be aware of its effectiveness as a designer on social topics and to be able to produce social benefit designs 2, 3, 4 1,2,3 2,3,4
To be able to make graphic applications for different media 1, 2, 5 2,5 2,4
To use the technology required by the field effectively 5, 7 1,2,3 2,4
To be able to produce design solutions based on research, needs and socio-cultural values 6, 10 2, 4, 5 3,4

Course Flow

Week Subjects Preliminary
1 General Introduction, First Things First Manifesto and discussion of the designer's effectiveness on social issues;  
2 Examining and explaining graphic elements in poster design (theory: image-type-message-composition-techniques-formules)


Important poster designers: shigeo fukuda, yossi lemel, tomasewzki, luba lukova, stephan bundi, sagmeister, paula scher,…


Examination of creative techniques (tangible graphics, magazines)


Review of Blankposter.com - Poster design for weekly vocabulary (an experimental technique to be selected Thursday - 10%, midterm)

3 Examining Posterposter.org - Design for Poster Monday (free topic: a local or global current problem will be identified, researched, sketches will be made throughout the course, the message and technique for the selected sketch will be discussed, design will be started - 10%, midterm)  
4 Continue - Poster Monday’and Design (design will be completed in class)

Good 50x70 posters and class discussion

5 Posterfortomorrow.org - Poster For Tomorrow 2017: Poster design sketches for Freedom Of Movement (idea sharing) - 20% midterm  
6 Posterfortomorrow.org - Poster For Tomorrow 2017: Poster design sketches for Freedom Of Movement (image and message sharing)  
7 Posterfortomorrow.org - Poster For Tomorrow 2017: Poster design for Freedom Of Movement (last week)

10% blankposter + 10% postermonday + 20% freedom of movement = 40% midterm

8 Next week, a foundation or an organization will be selected, research will be conducted, interviews will be made and information will be collected. There will be a 60% FINAL grade (30% rst + 30% design).  
9 Epica: Public Interest Samples will be shown and explained.


Design will be made for the selected foundation or organization (brochure, flyer, poster, promotional material, social media advertisement, current issue / requirement and a graphic product will be selected.


10 Graphic product design: content organization and sketches

Sharing sketches with the foundation or organization

11 Graphic product design will continue  
12 Graphic product design will continue  
13 Graphic product design will continue  
14 Completed sharing with the foundation and recent revisions.



Recommended Sources

Course’s Note Graphic Design Articles GMK Said, Articles (various photocopies, .pdfs will be shared)

Tibor Kalman: Perverse Optimist, Peter Hall and Michael Bierut

Other The Design of Dissent, Milton Glaser ve Mirko İliç.

The Graphic Imperative Sergisi - Afiş Örnekleri Gösterimi

Good 50 x 70 Sosyal İçerikli Afiş Tasarımları Websitesi

Himpe, T. Advertising is Dead, Long Live Advertising!, Thames & Hudson VE Çizgidışı Dergi

  www.posterposter.org, www.posterfortomorrow.org, blankposter.com, etc. poster design sharing sites and design competitions.

Material Sharing



Midterm Studies No Percentage of Contribution
Homework 1 %20
Midterm 2 %20
Seminar and Presentation    
Project 1 %60
Ratio of Final to Success   %60
Rate of Success in the Year   %40
Total   %100

Course’s Contribution to Program

Course’s Contribution to Program Outcomes
No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution Level
1 2 3 4 5  
1 Ability to develop courage to search and try to creative design solutions as well as the functional purposes.         x  
2 Awareness of professional responsibility to create designs considering cultural and individual needs of the audience.         x  
3 Gain ability to conduct research, to create theoretical knowledge, and to make suggestions.       x    
4 Ability to produce texts in academic formats.     x      
5 Gain competence at the level of expertise in art and design related fields.         x  
6 Ability to develop design projects by knowledge and skills in the field of design with a critical approach.       x    
7 Ability to use technological equipments required by the field in advanced level.     x      
8 Follows the current information about design culture, and adapts them to the projects.         x  
9 Gain ability to the conduct interdisciplinary projects in the chosen field.         x  
10 Ability to do extensive reading in design related fields.       x