Ideally this class would be taught in-person, reviewing printed pieces produced to actual scale. Unfortunately, meeting in-person isn’t possible this quarter, so we are adapting the course as best as possible to remote instruction, leveraging a combination of on-line tools to make education more accessible and engaging while we are apart. The success of this class (and your work) depend not on making this a substitute for an in-person classroom, but a more open and compassionate learning environment. As our quarter progresses, we are open to dialogue about what is working and what isn’t about our current format.


Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will be hosting the course remotely this quarter. In order to make the most of this format we will meet during class time on Zoom as a group. The format of our class will vary between meeting as an entire class and small breakout sessions to allow everyone to receive feedback on their work and improve their presentation and critiquing skills. Since our class is a more intimate size, we encourage everyone to use their camera (if possible). Please note that the class sessions will not be recorded. This is due to the class critique structure and the importance of being present and participating in conversations of the moment.


  1. Sign up for a Zoom account through the UCLA SSO ( This gives you a licensed Zoom account with no time restrictions or participant limits.
  2. Access the Zoom Video Tutorials for how to get started or how to use a feature.


To facilitate our discussion, reviews and critiques we will use an “online whiteboard” program called Miro.. Each class assignment will have its own whiteboard for the life of that project. You can access this software for free through the web app, desktop app (available for Mac and PC), as well as smartphones and tablets.

By using Miro we won’t have to share screen through Zoom and will all have the control to view a student’s work together. We can leverage this tool to aid in seeing the development of everyone’s work from class to class over the course of the project, taking notes and leaving comments.  


  1. Access our workspace for DESMA 154 F2020 (you should’ve received an invite before class )
  2. Download Miro for your device.
  3. As students you can receive an education license to Miro for free to use outside of the classroom


The F2020 154 website is available to you to reference Course Syllabus, the class schedule, assignment briefs, class reference materials, policies, student support tools, print lab & book binding information, and to use as an archive for your completed work. The T.A. can assist you with instructions for uploading your project documentation. You are responsible for documenting and archiving your finished projects in a timely manner at each project’s completion. Please also provide a photo of yourself for the student page.

For instructions about accessing your account on the class site and how to upload your finished work, please visit the upload to class site page.


You can find design inspiration and research references for assignments on Pinterest.  The following boards are starting points for exploration:
Expressive Type , Typographic Posters, Illustrative Posters, Book Covers


Adobe Creative Cloud Licenses are now available through UCLA IT Services, please follow instructions for access and download.