Deane Nettles | Advertising & Graphic Design


"Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little course, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do not fail. and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble." —Ralph Waldo Emerson.

"The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything... every idea should be seemingly outrageous." —George Lois

"Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work." —Chuck Close

Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." —Lou Holtz

"If you listen carefully enough, good ideas are all around you." —Deane Nettles

In addition to art direction for businesses and associations, I also teach graphic design at area colleges to keep myself sharp and give back to the community. Below are syllabi, visual presentations, handouts and links I've developed for individual classes; at left are some subtopics in depth.

I am also available for individual training.
Contact me at for more information.

Link to Deane's Pinterest See Deane's "morgue file" of graphic design inspiration.


Print Design Checklist

Print Production Checklist

Creating PDFs in InDesign Checklist


Prof. Deane Nettles:

Comm Arts Technologies Dept: Administrative Aide Michelle Brink, 240-567-7535
Office in Technical Center (TC) building, lower floor, room 116

Website:   Full time faculty office hours, a directory of phone numbers and email addresses, information about all of our classes, certificates and degrees, and open lab schedule.

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Course evaluations are an important tool for helping faculty and administrators improve teaching, course content, and student learning. This semester’s course evaluations will be conducted online. To access the electronic course evaluation, click on the following link during the last two weeks of class: All students are encouraged to provide this valuable feedback for each of their classes.

MC GDES 121 Fundamentals of Graphic Design

GDES121 Syllabus Spring 2020 MW Morning

GDES121 Syllabus Spring 2020 MW Afternoon

Elements of Visual Communication

Helvetica Font Comparison

Neil Gaiman on Art and Freelancing

Inking Project Instructions

Project 1: "Design In My World" PowerPoint

10 easy ways to work faster and smarter in PowerPoint

Project 2: Kerning

Intro to Typography

Tracking Demo

Leading Demo

Kerning Game

Project 3: Expressive Typography

Expressive Typography Examples

What Goes Into InDesign?

Basic Instructions for InDesign

X-acto Cutting Project

Mounting Project

And and example of how this might be used in the real world:


Project 4-5: Design History Report and Magazine Spread

History of Typography

History of Typography (video)

Rough History of Western Graphic Design

Basic Instructions for InDesign

Read Top Ten Type Crimes

11 classic body fonts for magazine project

Negative Space & Grids

Dimensions for drawing a Magazine Spread Grid

Dimensions for drawing a Web Grid

Color Theory

Color Emotions

Production Checklist

Creating PDF in InDesign Checklist

DIY Design

House Industries

Inklings Paperie

Enzo Mari

Project 6: Self-critique, Magazine Design

Project 7: Sequential Illustration

Student storyboard samples

Project 8: Written Ad Critique

Project 9: Ad Campaign

Ad Samples

This is TV not print, but a great example of issue advertising (AL&H):

Project 10: Logo Design/Letterhead

Logomotion, Chermayeff & Geismar

Letterhead Samples

MC CG 120 Art & Illustration

Syllabus for CG120 Art & Illustration Spring 2012

Body Proportions

Final Project Animation Examples

MC GDES 212 Publication Design with InDesign Spring 2010

Syllabus for GD212 Pub Design in InDesign Sp 10

What goes into InDesign?

InDesign Tools

Intro to Typography

Read Top Ten Type Crimes

11 classic fonts designers traditionally use

Negative Space

Print For Less 4-color printing module 1

Diagram of printing process

Process and Spot Colors

Design Checklist

Production Checklist

Proofreader's Marks


Designing for the World Wide Web

Syllabus: ART365 Designing for the World Wide Web

Basic Internet Terms

Basic HTML/CSS Elements

Project 1

Walter Gropius Bio example site

Importance of negative space to design

Using Google Fonts 2017

Project 2

Harmonic Instruction advanced web construction project

Final Project

Intro to WWW Final Project Checklist

Color Theories

Moodboard Example


ARTT-112 Introduction to Digital Media

Syllabus for AART112 Introduction to Digital Media Sp 2015 Wednesday Evening

Project 1, Drawing


Syllabus for AART200 Graphic Design Sp2011 Monday

Basic Instructions for InDesign

Hierarchy Poster

Read Top Ten Type Crimes

11 classic fonts designers traditionally use

Design Checklist

Project 1: Type Cropping

Assignment 1 Instructions

Magazine Spread Design

Real Show Creative Brief

Real Show Article Text

Illustration Samples

CD Redesign

Poster Design

Poster Project

Poster Quotes

Poster samples

Examples: More posters


Project 1: Logo Design

Logomotion, Chermayeff & Geismar

Project 2: Type Poster

"Breathtaking" Typography Posters
(look at the ones toward the middle, the ones that are ONLY type)

Posters from Hatch Show Print
(Printed with antique wooden type)

Jessica Hische
(Her work is hand-created, not using ready-made fonts)

Project 3: Magazine Spread Design

History of Typography

Design History Outline

Read Top Ten Type Crimes

11 classic fonts designers traditionally use

Negative Space & Grids

Dimensions for drawing a Magazine Spread Grid

Project 4: 8-pg Annual Report

Graphis 100 Best Annual Reports 2012


Movies shown in the classroom are protected under U.S. Copyright Law. All rights reserved. The public display of the movies shown in class are excepted from public performance restrictions by U.S. Copyright Law, October 2009, Chapter 1, Limitation 110.1.