Design Workshops for Graphic & Web Designers

Get essential tips and advice from the brightest minds in the design industry delivered to your desktop in a design workshop. Tune into our Design Workshops, presented by industry experts and noted consultants. We realize the busy schedule of designers, so all of our workshops are ondemand and are typically open for 1 week. You can access the workshops at any time during that week, plus you get an additional 6 months read-only access to the workshop videos and material.


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How to Use Visual Language to Create Infographics

How to Use Visual Language to Create Infographics

This workshop combines our very popular infographics workshops – Creating Great Infographics and Infographics: Data, Design Distribute into one very informative workshop.

In How to Use Visual Language to Create Infographics, you’ll learn:

  • What kind of information makes sense to visualize and why
  • How to develop a system for communicating your message
  • How to make aesthetic decisions about iconography and set the correct tone
  • Key elements of a successful infographic
  • Value or an analytic look at the impact of a successful infographic
  • The recipe plus resources and tips on how to start making your own infographics
  • Step-by-step guide to creating graphs in Adobe Illustrator

When: June 13-Jul 19
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Brush Lettering I

Brush Lettering I

This workshop is for those who want to learn the basics of brush/hand lettering. This workshop starts off with learning the basic supplies needed for brush lettering and how to use them, then delves into strokes and the beginning of hand-lettering letter forms. As you work your way through this workshop, you will develop your own personal style of brush pen lettering.

In Brush Lettering I, you’ll learn:

  • What brush pen lettering supplies you need and how to use them
  • Basic strokes to create letters, numbers and symbols
  • Practice exercises that will help you form many kinds of letterforms
  • Individual letter strokes
  • Alphabet stroke sequence
  • Numbers and symbol stroke sequence

When: June 20 – July 31
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Font Management Best Practices For Your Team

Font Management Best Practices For Your Team

Planning in advance pays off, and it’s no different when implementing a font management strategy. Join us for this Designcast where Extensis font expert Jim Kidwell shares best practices to help you build out a strategy that will help you:

  • Efficiently distribute your font collection
  • Keep everyone’s fonts in sync
  • Understand your team’s font usage
  • Maintain a legally licensed font collection
  • And more

Jim will share pro tips and key questions to get you well underway in developing your strategy, such as:

  • Who is currently buying and using fonts in your organization?
  • How many team members need access to your fonts?
  • Do you have any new production workflows that need to be supported?
  • How can a font server help ensure software compliance?

When: June 21
Time: 1 pm ET
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The Do's and Don'ts of Creating Great Infographics

The Do’s and Don’ts of Creating Great Infographics

In this workshop, you’ll learn the pro tips of how to make an infographic, and more importantly, the lessons of what not to do when making an infographic.

In The Do’s and Don’ts of Creating Great Infographics, you’ll learn:

  • Pro tips for creating a great infographic
  • In-depth look to creating an infographic, from gathering data to creating the design
  • What not to do when creating an infographic

When: June 27 – July 3
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5 Essential Infographic Design Principles

Learn the five most important infographic design principles with fun, bite-size lessons. Equipped with new knowledge and vocabulary, you will be able to design killer infographics for your slides, posters, handouts, blog post visuals and other graphics that will impress your boss, co-workers, and clients.

In 5 Essential Infographic Design Principles, you’ll learn:

  • How the “hero” leads the page
  • How to leverage and create content relationships
  • How to organize the page
  • How to create recall and build your visual brand
  • How to use color to express band attributes
  • How to evaluate design and determine revisions

When: July 6 – July 12
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Create Your Own Fabric Design with Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop

In this course, you’ll learn exactly how to take your artwork – whether it’s a watercolor painting on paper or a geometric vector image in Illustrator (or anything in between) – and turn it into a repeating pattern ready for fabric printing. You’ll also learn how to apply your patterns to garment line drawings so you can preview how they’ll look on the garment of your choice.

In Create Your Own Fabric Design with Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop, you’ll learn:

  • The ins and outs of Photoshop and Illustrator as they pertain to fabric design
  • When to use Photoshop versus when to use Illustrator
  • How to scan and pull hand-drawn/painted artwork into Photoshop
  • How to colorize black-and-white, hand-drawn artwork in Photoshop
  • How to create repeats (tossed/random, half-drop, brick) from hand-drawn/painted artwork in Photoshop
  • How to trace and colorize hand-drawn artwork in Illustrator
  • How to create repeats from vector images drawn in Illustrator (tossed/random, half-drop, brick)
  • How to use the Pattern Options window in Illustrator (CC version only)
  • How to incorporate a Wacom tablet into your pattern design workflow
  • How to create custom color palettes and manage/change colors in Photoshop and Illustrator
  • How to prepare your files for on-demand fabric printing
  • How to mock up garments in Illustrator with your repeating patterns
  • How to submit to fabric manufacturer

When: July 11 – Aug. 7
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How to Design a Digital Portfolio

The design portfolio should be able to stand on it’s own, but it should be enhanced by your ability to present it well. Here are some main points that designers struggle with that we will address in this workshop:

  • What makes a good design portfolio
  • Handling a portfolio presentation
  • Do print portfolios still matter?
  • How many pieces of work should be included in a portfolio
  • Should you have a broad portfolio or a niche portfolio
  • Keeping your portfolio up to date
  • Portfolio layout challenges and strategies
  • Digital and mobile portfolios

When: July 14 – July 20
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