Welcome to Spring 2023

Hello, I'm your instructor Canguo Liu, and I'm excited to have you aboard this semester in our new updated digital lab 7138 with all M1 MAX computers. Please click the above class icons for more information. 


You may find Materials, Computers and requirements for Online Sections. And College and Course Policies. 

In case your need to contact me before the course starts, please use the email and information we shared here. 

Online courses are use Canvas System. You can access this Quick Cuesta LMS instructions. 

In-person class does not need buy software license, nor a computer, as we will provide in the lab.  

Canguo Liu, ART 266 

Graphic Design

Design anything

Introduces principles and processes used in the creative and practical exploration of visual communication. Topics may include digital layout, graphics, illustrations, photography, web & UX, animation and video. Advisories: Art 256 and/or Art 255

Design anything you can imagine.

Illustrator Illustration 

Week1 - 3

Build illustration, logos and social post. 

Photoshop, Photography

Week 4- 6

Creative digital images enhancement 

Layout Design

Week 7-9

Create page layout and learn typography.

XD and UX


Build experience and works in UX fields.

New Dimension 

Week 13-15

Exploring the possibilities of 3D, AR world. 

After Effects Motion Design

Week 16-18

A touch of how motion graphics work.  



Canguo Liu


Canvas Message
within 24 hours weekdays

Lab 7138

a newly upgraded lab that provides the latest digital tools for design and art!

Studio Hours (Projects)

Monday 3-5 (Lab 7137)

Office Hours (In-Person)

Tuesday, Wednesday - 3-5 pm
Thursday - 3-4 pm

7137 or 7130 or Zoom

(Appointment required)

In-person and synchronous

In-person requires meetings in the lab.

ART 266 Learning Outcomes

Apply basic design principles and elements of visual communication to graphic design projects. 

Create graphic design work using the tools, materials, and techniques of industrial standards.

Analyze and apply inspiration, ideas, and techniques from contemporary and historical graphic design work.

ART 266 Course Objectives

Analyze basic visual communication practices. Apply basic typography, font categories and characteristics.

Apply basic design principles and elements of visual communication to graphic design projects

Create graphic design work using the tools, materials, and techniques of industrial standards.

Analyze and apply inspiration, ideas, and techniques from contemporary and historical graphic design work.

ART 266 Topics & Scope

Use of industry standard software for the creation of digital graphics, peripheral computer equipment, terminology and use of capitals, underlining, kerning, tracking, leading, special characters, apostrophes, dashes.

History, evolution, and characteristics of type, old-style, modern, slab serif, sans serif, script, decorative.

Visual elements and principles of design specific to graphic communication.

The history and practice of professional design, the history of the printing process, offset printing, copying, using the computer, the creative process.

Use of industry standard computer software, cutting and pasting, mock-ups, paper types, matting and display, proofing, color and color theory, file formats.

Pre-press, printing processes, raster, vector, web and user interface processes, file saving and transferability, service bureaus

things should know

Information, Policies and Support

We use Canvas to host class materials. YouTube or other internet platforms may be used. Recommend to install Apps (iOS, Android) on your phone. 

In-person classes will use 7138 lab near Cuesta Gallery, we will assign you a computer device in the lab. All device require to put back to the charging rack before you leave. With new design, you can sit or standing anywhere in or near the lab. 

We will updates / announcement weekly, via class updates or announcements. and timely feedback on student assignments; email, phone or messaging to individuals; and virtual office hours.

No textbook is required. We use a public website, our recorded demo videos, instruction pages and other digital resources. 

Online classes are not inherently easier, and you should expect to spend at least as much time as you would on a course that meets face to face.

Your computer will need an internet connection to stream online videos from Canvas or other video platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo.

Course created with ADA compliance, other accommodations can be made such as extended time on exams. Don't hesitate to get in touch with DSPS (Disabled Student Programs & Services) at 805-546-3148.

We offer more supports for online sections, so the Waitlist will works

A robust digital creative class needs to constantly change to reflects industry trends. Therefore, new learning materials will publish on each Monday, 9am. 

Effective Oct. 15 2021, all students, employees, and visitors who access Cuesta College campuses and facilities must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test. Check COVID-19 Information

Canvas grading is not always equals your grade. Final Portfolio is key to success in a creative class. In-person classes don't use Canvas Grading. Read Cuesta Grading Policies. 

Our difficulties level are moderate-easy, all contents consider you are relative beginner of use certain apps for the first time.

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All graphic classes are digital-based and use Adobe Creative Cloud subscription (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.). Please use education discount purchase at $39.99/ 6 months from Collegebuys.org (if it still available). In-person student don't have to buy own software.

You will need a computer (Mac or Windows PC) that can run the latest Adobe Creative Cloud software at a reasonable speed. You can't compete in a class with tablets or phones. In-person student will access studio computers. 

Cuesta students are encouraged to direct all technical support inquiries to support@my.cuesta.edu. or visit Canvas Support.

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