All Things Media: Design (Archived: 2015 Fall)

JOUR108 | Fall 2015 | Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno
Professor: Katherine Hepworth, PhD | Office: RSJ 205 | Office hours: Wednesdays 1-3pm (book here)


Course Description

Journalism and strategic communications are becoming inseparable from communication design. Tomorrow's j-school graduates need design production and design thinking skills to be competitive in their chosen fields.

This class introduces freshmen to techniques, processes, and ways of thinking essential for digital and print media creation.

Learning Objectives

In this course, you will learn: 

You will gain a beginner understanding of:

Given a visual communication artifact, you will be able to identify:



  1. Gmail account
  2. Twitter account 
  3. Digital camera (camera phone preferred)
  4. Cell phone
  5. Access to WebCampus


Readings from the following books will be provided:

Ambrose, Gavin, and Paul Harris. The Fundamentals of Creative Design. 2nd ed. Lausanne: AVA Publishing, 2011.

Krug, Steve. Don’t Make Me Think. 3rd ed. San Francisco: New Riders, 2014.

Lidwell, William, Kritina Holden, and Jill Butler. Universal Principles of Design. 3rd ed. London: Rockport, 2010.

Lupton, Ellen. Graphic Design Thinking. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2011.

Seddon, Tony and Jane Waterhouse. Graphic Design for Non-Designers. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2009.

Saigal, Monica. Ed. The Psychology Book. London: Dorling Kindersley, 2012.

Note: You don't need to buy these books. Scans of relevant sections are available on in the instructions on each assignment on this website.


Re-Publishing and Sharing Work

To help future students, educators, and researchers do better work, your assignment submissions from this course may occasionally be shown in future classes, published online, in academic journals, or in printed books. If you would like to ensure your work is not viewed or published anywhere beyond this course, please let Katherine know at: khepworth at unr dot edu.

Any republishing will comply with FERPA and IRB guidelines. This message is in keeping with the policy of the University of Nevada, Reno Office of the General Counsel.

Getting Help

Borrowing Equipment

No funds? No problem! Make sure you have access to the hardware you need to complete your work at all times by borrowing equipment free of charge, including cameras, ipads, and laptops, from the following places:

Academic Success Services

Seeking help outside of class is the sign of a responsible and successful student. Your student fees cover usage of these on-campus services:

Nevada Recovery & Prevention Community (NRAP)

NRAP provides an environment of nurturing support and peer connections for students choosing a substance-free lifestyle and students recovering from substance and behavioral addictions.

Counselling Services

The mission of Counseling Services is to provide psychological services to students in order to support and facilitate their personal and academic success and development.

Ability & Disability Services

Any student with a disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak with me or the Disability Resource Center (see details below) as soon as possible to arrange for appropriate accommodations.

Title IX Services

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to providing a safe learning and work environment for all. If you believe you have experienced discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, or stalking, whether on or off campus, or need information related to immigration concerns, please contact the University's Equal Opportunity & Title IX office at 775-784-1547. Resources and interim measures are available to assist you.


Guide to Winning


Open inquiry, freedom of expression, and respect for difference are fundamental to a comprehensive and dynamic education. This course and the instructor are committed to upholding these ideals by fostering an environment that is conducive to exploring, engaging, and expressing diverse perspectives and respecting diverse identities.

Honesty and Dishonesty

Cheating, plagiarism or otherwise obtaining grades under false pretenses constitutes academic dishonesty according to the code of this university. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and penalties can include canceling a student’s enrollment without a grade, giving an F for the course or for the assignment. For more details, see the University General Catalog.

Recording devices

Surreptitious or covert video-taping of class or unauthorized audio recording of class is prohibited by law and by Board of Regents policy. This class may be videotaped or audio recorded only with the written permission of the instructor. In order to accommodate students with disabilities, some students may have been given permission to record class lectures and discussions. Therefore, students should understand that their comments during class may be recorded.