Jon Chester has taught graphic design and art for over 15 years. His classes include packaging, illustration typography, print production, branding, information design and interactivity, and user-interface design.
I strive to communicate knowledge, skills, and appreciation of graphic design tools, methodology, concepts, and career strategies.
By having a facility with the tools of graphic design, students have the ability to accelerate their design process and generate more potential design solutions. The final solution will be consistently stronger for having been chosen through this more competitive process.
It is vital that students develop a love and knowledge of graphic design. This includes appreciation of historical design movements and precedents, knowledge of the technological development of print and web design, typographical conventions and best practices, and historical and contemporary grid systems.
A school is a community that supports the student in their quest for knowledge. I help facilitate this productive interaction and provide a forum for respectful debate. I also provide the students with real world advice in such areas as business and promotional materials, internship and job hunting advice, and various career and life skills.
Each student learns in a different way. Sometimes challenging the student is the most productive method of communication, while other times encouragement may be the appropriate approach. It is my job as an educator to create overall student success by finding the most effective individual communication method for each student.