Sue Colberg, MVA, CGD, FGDC
Area of Study / Keywords
Visual Communication Design Book/Publication Design Typography Information Design Visual Identity Design Book Arts
MVA Visual Communication Design, University of Alberta, 1991
FGDC Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, 2009
CGD Society of Graphic Designers of Canada
Sue Colberg is an Associate Professor of Design Studies at the University of Alberta in the Visual Communication Design division. She is a Fellow of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada. Her clients have included a variety of institutions and scholarly publishing houses in Canada, the United States and Great Britain. She has won numerous national and international design awards for her work and has served on the juries of the Stiftung Buchkunst Leipzig "Best Book Design from All Over the World", the Association of American University Presses, the Alcuin Society for Excellence in Book Design in Canada and the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada among others. Her book and publication designs, typography and hand-bound books have been exhibited across Canada and in the United States, as well as in China, Cuba, Egypt, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey, and Great Britain. Examples of her work are in the permanent collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge, the Houghton Library at Harvard University, the German Book & Type Museum in Leipzig, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, the E.H. Norman Library of the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Banff Centre. Sue served for many years as the Canadian National Representative to the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (icograda) now known as ico-D, the International Council of Design.
Typography in the context of language communication. Design of letterforms. The study of notation schemes. The history of letterforms, history of printing and book design. Corequisite DES 493 and consent of Department.
Text, tables, charts, diagrams and electronic displays. User-machine interaction: perception and cognition. Visual presentation of abstract and quantitative information. Corequisite: DES 494 and consent of Department.
Normally offered in spring/summer. Prerequisite: consent of Department.
Applied practical projects and complex design systems. Problem definition, strategic planning, project management and design evaluation. Project brief and production specifications, professional practice, procedures, codes of ethics, pricing and intellectual property. Prerequisites: DES 494 and consent of Department. BDes students must enroll in DES 594 in second term. Note: not open to students with credit in DES 590.
Applied practical projects and complex design systems. Problem definition, strategic planning, project management and design evaluation. Project brief and production specifications, professional practice, procedures, codes of ethics, pricing and intellectual property. Prerequisites: DES 593 and consent of Department. Note: not open to students with credit in DES 590.