Typography Quiz Rundown

  • Typography quiz on Thursday, March 28
  • 25 points total
  • Covers the lectures and discussions on typography
  • 14 multiple choice questions, including 3 about InDesign
  • Three typography examples where you tell me the error/problem
  • One 4-point question where you will discuss contrast, hierarchy, organizing & prioritizing information.
  • One 4-point question where you critique the typography (good, bad & ugly)

Typography review

Here is a nice, quick typography review — it touches on a lot of what we’ve covered in class. Pay attention; she goes fast.

In-class typography practice

Design a text-only flyer for the imaginary Elliott School Movie Nights.

  • No color
  • No art/graphics
  • No lines/boxes
  • One typeface


Fall Movie Nights — Fall 2018
The Elliott School of Communication

Once a month during the Fall 2018 semester, the ESC will pop popcorn and show a movie related to communication industries and professions. All the movies will be shown in Elliott Hall room 112, with popcorn available in the Commons area. Free to WSU students with an ID.

The semester’s movie selections are:

Helvetica — An independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture, Helvetica looks at the proliferation of one typeface as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. It will be shown in Elliott Hall 112 Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.

Shattered Glass — This film tells the true story of a young journalist who rose to meteoric heights, but it was found that 27 of his 41 stories were either partially or completely made up. His deception did not go unnoticed forever. It will be shown in Elliott Hall 112 Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.

Popcorn and movies are free to WSU students with an ID. Donations will be accepted to help raise money to for a new Multimedia Lab

What Women Want — An advertising exec has his life turned haywire when a fluke accident enables him to hear what women think. At first he wants to rid himself of this curse, until he figures out this could be used to his advantage! It will be shown in Elliott Hall 112 Thursday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.

Photo Quiz (guide)

Quiz 1: Intro to Visual Communication and Photography

25 points (mix of multiple choice, fill in the blank and short answer)


What is visual communication?

  • Why do we study it?
  • Why is it important?
  • What are the different purposes of visual communication?
  • What is collective memory theory and how is it related to visual communication?

Introduction to Photography

  • Composition concepts and techniques (lecture notes & review video)
  • Tips for taking good photos in general (lecture)
  • Tips for taking better photos with you phones (lecture)
  • Exposure

Ethics & photography in communication fields.

  • Lecture (we had a lot of good discussion about ethical situations)
  • Be able to list a few ethical decisions about photos you might have to make.
  • Be able to describe why there are different guidelines in journalism, PR & advertising
  • Look up and read the NPPA code of ethics


  • Read through the tutorials
  • Be able to identify the tools used in the Photoshop tutorials / class demonstrations
  • Know the quick keys for: undo, copy, paste, deselect

Keep learning more about Photoshop

A couple weeks ago, I had a business student follow me to my office, telling me he’d been trying to track me down since last semester. (Since I generally spend 10 hours a day in Elliott Hall, I find that difficult to believe, but I went along with it.) He said he wants to learn how to use Photoshop, and people kept telling him he should come to me. He said he believes he’s missing out on some job opportunities because they list Photoshop and the Creative Suite as preferred skills.

My point is, I wish we could spend a couple more weeks just on Photoshop, but that’s just not in the cards in this class. So I hope you’ll keep practicing. There are tons of good tutorials and videos online for Photoshop. I like the ones offered through Adobe and also, a really good online software training site. Some videos there are free, but you have to pay for a subscription to access the entire library. Just check out the free stuff.

For example, here’s a tutorial about photo retouching — specifically the content aware tool.

Here’s a video demo of using the Quick Selection tool to change the color of a selected area.

Recent alum offers advice on iPhone camera apps

10418522_556319467813296_5627379934561813532_nJake Trease graduated from Wichita State in December 2015. He was a journalism major, worked for The Sunflower and was a 2015 Flint Hills Media Project team member. As a regular contributor to iPhone Photography School (.com), he writes about apps, tips and techniques to make your photos as good as you can get from a phone camera. Check out this article —  The 4 Best Camera Apps for Mobile Photography — written by Jake.


Hi, I’m Amy

Hello, and welcome to my 2nd favorite class in the Elliott School of Communication. (I’ll tell you about my favorite near the end of the semester.) I’ve been teaching this class since Fall 2007, and haven’t missed a semester or a section since. It’s a lot of learning by doing — which means it’s not a class you can skip, and it’s a class that keeps me busy as well. If you’re constantly turning stuff in, it means I’m constantly grading. It’s a small price for us all to pay in exchange for you gaining hands-on, marketable, useful skills.

A Kansas native, I grew up near Bazine, Kan. — somewhere out there between Hays, Great Bend and Dodge City. I have an undergraduate degree from Fort Hays State University and a master’s from Kansas State. At both schools, I worked for the student newspaper, writing, shooting photos, editing and designing.

I live in Derby, where my husband is the director of bands at Derby High. We have two sons. Kyle is 10 and just started 5th grade. He’s a reader, artist, video-game playing kid who thinks he wants to be a game designer someday. Noah, who just started 2nd grade, loves people and sports. All people. All sports. He plays soccer, basketball and baseball. He just started football — eh boy. When he grows up, he wants to play in the NBA or play major league baseball.

I love my job. Not only do I get to teach my hobbies (design, photography, multimedia and storytelling), but also I get to meet and work with more than a hundred awesome college students a year. When I’m not teaching/grading or keeping up with my two boys, I enjoy time with friends, music, art and studying craft beer.

Before coming to Wichita State in 2007, I worked at The Wichita Eagle as a designer and visual editor.

Time to get Adobe Creative Cloud

The Adobe creative applications have long been industry standards in graphic design and communications fields. It’s not uncommon for communication jobs (especially in PR, but also in publications, advertising and marketing) to list proficiency in Photoshop and InDesign as part of required or preferred skills in job descriptions.

We’re jumping into Adobe Photoshop this week, so it’s time to get a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud or download the trial version. Either way, you’ll need to create an Adobe ID.

Then you can sign up for the 30-day trial of Adobe Creative Cloud. Once you’ve signed up for that, you’ll have access to download the trial versions of individual applications. Start with just Photoshop for now.