Brickham, Lakeland’s assistant professor of art, constantly thinks of ways to make her courses simulate real-world graphic design work. As she contemplated the InDesign course, she wanted her students to work with real material – not placeholder text. She met with Liedke, who was immediately on board. The two professors paired up students from their respective classes, then watched the collaboration blossom.
"For the first part of the project, my page layout students met with their writing student partners to discuss how the words should be designed on the page,” Brickham said. “This gave the page layout students a feel for what it’s like to meet with real clients, just like they would as a professional graphic designer.
“Then, for the second part of the project, they learned how to combine all of the different layouts into one 48-page literary magazine."
Liedke’s class focused on fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and screen writing, so the final PDFs, printed on high-quality paper in LU’s Mac Lab, were diverse.
"Graphic design is all about creating something that visually communicates and further explains what the words are saying,” Brickham said.
Said Liedke: “I was blown away, not just by what the art students created, but by what my students wrote. These pieces were their lives. To give their work to someone they may not even know, you have to vulnerable.”
So successful was this collaboration, Brickham is eagerly anticipating a similar project this semester, one in which her page layout students will partner with Karl Elder’s poetry students to design posters that visualize their poems.