Visual Graphics and Digital Fabrication: The linking strategy to teach design grammar


  • M. Saleh Uddin Kennesaw State University


The primary objective of this paper is to demonstrate the possibility of teaching design principles through a series of artifacts that have strong graphic application as well as use of digital technology for fabrication. With the primary objective of linking art and architecture and use of technology an elective course was introduced by the author. Assigned projects included, design of dinnerware, pair of sandals, 3D wall art, painting based on built environment motif, working clock, and working lamp. The paper intends to demonstrate that execution of a design task and its assembly-fabrication  using manual and digital equipment through projects that are not necessarily architecture and do not have complex tangents of site, climate, program, etc. The central theme being visual grammar, each project dealt with specific tangents of visual design principles.