Ideally we’d meet in-person, reviewing printed work produced to actual scale. Unfortunately it isn’t possible this quarter, so we are adapting to remote instruction and the educational and technical possibilities it offers. 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.


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 discussions 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 to learn how to get started or use a feature.


To facilitate our discussions, reviews and critiques we will use the online “whiteboard” program, 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. You will be responsible for posting your work to the class whiteboard prior to each class.


1. Access our workspace for DESMA 154 – W2021 ( 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


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Expressive Type, Typographic Posters, Illustrative Posters, Book Covers, Typographic Editorial Design, Packaging & Pattern, logos & marks, and Infographics.