IMG_0483_fornews2-570x380CRE8FIU is the 2D-Design (Graphic Design, Illustration and Typography) blog curated by the BFA Graphic Design students at Florida International University in Miami.

Program Lead Prof. Silvia Pease
heads the 2D-Design graphic design initiative at Florida international University (FIU). She has extensive industry experience working for companies such as Reader’s Digest, Guggenheim, IDGMI technologies, and Pinta Art Fair, as well as running her own agency 1231.org. She brings her diverse professional experience, lecturing at universities and specializing in multidisciplinary global branding projects.

Prior to founding 1231org, Silvia worked at IDGMI as the Global Creative Director & VP (Brand Design). Her role at IDGMI was to deliver global harmonization and revitalization projects for the IDGMI brand. During this time she was responsible for it’s development and implementation, as well as leading the in-house design team.

Today, she works as an independent consultant and as a Visiting Instructor at FIU. Silvia’s continuing research output has focused on the use of technology in her teaching methods—converging fine arts, design and critical thinking. Pease holds an MFA in Multimedia and Graphic Design from the University of Miami, and a BFA in 2D-Design from the same university (UM).

FIU Graphic Design students visiting the Wolfsonian FIU Museum.
Looking at “Thoughts On Democracy” Posters.

BFA Degree in Graphic Design
Graphic design is all around us, on screen and in print, always made up of images and words used to communicate and persuade. The objective of the BFA Graphic Design degree is to equip learners with a set of transferable formal and conceptual tools for “making and communicating” in the fields of graphic, interactive, multimedia, and editorial design.

The BFA in Graphic Design degree course sequence exposes students to the skills necessary for creating sophisticated design solutions. Every course engages students to learn by understanding conceptual processes, historical context, and image-making/ typography as vital factors of communications.

Finally, a capstone thesis/portfolio project completes the course sequence—where students apply the skills learned in each course and receive feedback from their peers—ultimately culminating in a finished professional portfolio.

Graphic Design students go on a fieldtrip to eDigital Printing, to get a firsthand look at how production and printing occurs.
Drago Stoyanovich explains how standard CMYK screens work, as well as printing in PMS colors.
Critique is a vital part of every Graphic Design course.
Students are encouraged to give each other constructive feedback to improve their work and portfolios.