1069 Graphic Design

1069 Graphic Design

  • Study programme and level: University Study Programme in Administrative Information Science - 1st Cycle
  • 2nd year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Core
  • Lectures: 45
  • Tutorial: 30
  • Individual work: 105
  • Lecturer: Narvika Bovcon, PhD and Iztok Lebar Bajec, PhD

1. Objectives and competences

  • The objective is to introduce the students of computer science and informatics to the basics of visual language and common approaches to graphic design. The students will apply the acquired knowledge to the design of user interfaces, electronic documents, web sites and information visualization.  

The students will be developing the following competences:

  • The ability of professional communication in the native language as well as a foreign language.
  • The ability of teamwork within the professional environment; management of a small professional team.
  • The ability to transmit knowledge to co-workers in technology and research groups.

2. Content

  • The history and development of design
  • The principles of graphic design
  • Graphic elements, properties and organisation
  • Colour theory and colour pallets
  • Typography and its use as a means of expression
  • Principles and goals of data and information visualization
  • Perception theory and basic approaches to data and information visualization Intermediate data and information visualization techniques
  • Data and information visualisation for presentations and public speaking
  • Design of a web site
  • Designing a user interface

3. Readings

  • Data Flow: Visualising Information in Graphic Design. Berlin: Gestalten, 2008.
  • Flusser, V. Digitalni videz. Ljubljana: Študentska založba, 2000.
  • Manovich, L. The Language of New Media. MIT, 2001.
  • Samara, T. Design Elements: A Graphic Style Manual. Rockport Publishers, 2007.
  • Strehovec, J. Besedilo in novi mediji. Ljubljana: LUD Literatura, 2007.
  • Tufte, R. E. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Graphics Press LLC, 2001.
  • Virtualni učitelji in priročniki za programe Adobe: Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash.

4. Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of visual communication, from visual elements to principles of form. Knowledge of the fundamentals of using typography. Knowledge of the application of colour and colour coding in computer environments. Knowledge of approaches to structuring information in visual communication.    


  • Application of graphic design and use of professional software for the design of user interfaces, electronic documents, web sites and information visualisation.


  • Critical assessment and understanding of design approaches in practical use.

Transferable skills:

  • Competence in designing suitable visual communications. Competence in using domestic and foreign relevant literature for extending the acquired knowledge. Competence in critical thinking.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures, lab work, project work and homework. Special attention is given to continuous study and group work.

6. Assessment

Type (examination, oral, coursework, project):

  • Continuing (homework, midterm exams, project work) (50%)
  • Final (written and oral exam) (50%)