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 on demand and are typically open for one week. You can access the workshops at any time during that week, plus you get an additional six months read-only access to the workshop videos and material.

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

When: June 26–July 3

In this workshop, learn the pro-tips of how to make an infographic, and more importantly, the lessons of what not to do when making an infographic. John Meyer and Amy Colgan, Co-Founders of Lemonly, a visual marketing firm that has made over 1,000 infographics, will take you through a deep-dive of their infographic process, from data set to designed infographic. They’ll also examine why infographics work and the upcoming changes they see in the visual marketing space.

The popularity spike in infographics is due to several reasons, but the largest reason is social media. These informative graphics are readily shareable across social media platforms and are easily discoverable, making them the perfect media for social media posts. Plus, the graphics help viewers retain more information versus reading or hearing the content. People remember 80% of what they see, 20% of what they read, and 10% of what they hear.

This is an intermediate level class. To get the most out of this course, a basic understanding of graphic design and adobe CC tools are recommended.

Learn the elements of successful infographics today! After completing this workshop, you’ll be able to design great infographics that are ideal for social media sharing.

In this workshops, you will 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
  • The power of visuals

Hand-Lettering Experiences—Textures

When: July 2–30

How can you make letter shapes look like grass, rocks, honey, or ice? In this module you will learn how to ‘write’ letters to visually match specific textures or create patterns. We will use different experimental tools and apply various calligraphic/hand-lettering techniques. It will feel like painting with letters. You will ultimately choose your own object of inspiration (water, stones, wood, rust, food, beans, needles, computer chips, etc) and create a series of compositions that reflect the structure of the objects you choose.

This is a self-exploration unit. The more you produce, the more familiar you will get with different tools and develop your own techniques. The more you experiment, the broader your options will be to integrate this in graphic design projects, scrap books, and other creative projects you might have. As this is a self-learning unit, full of experiments, you will be encouraged to learn from your fellow colleagues and participate in feedback rounds with them. The instructor will give limited personal feedback towards your final result.

This course is targeted at anyone who wants to get their hand dirty and explore some analogue letter-making techniques. No previous experience is required: you will explore at your own pace.

What you will learn in this course:

  • How to turn any object into a writing tool
  • How to come up with your own techniques and expand your horizons towards new possibilities
  • How to manipulate tools, colors, inks in to making unexpected shapes that you can use later
  • How to find the beauty even in failed experiments
  • How to work with contrast and color
  • How to form written letters into specific shapes and textures by integrating experimental tools and techniques
  • How to make the first step towards integrating analog work into your existing work-flow (graphic design, scrap-booking, art-therapy)

Cheating Death by PowerPoint for Designers

When: July 5–12

PowerPoint. The very mention of it is enough to send many designers screaming from the room. But have you stopped to consider how much potential business you’re walking away from by avoiding PowerPoint? And do you realize how easy it can be to use PowerPoint to market your own business? In this workshop, PowerPoint expert Laura Foley will present some compelling reasons to change your mind about the world’s most popular presentation design software.

You’ll learn how to create presentations that blend in with an organization’s existing marketing mix, following the same style guidelines as other collateral. Through a series of before-and-after slide makeovers, Laura will demonstrate how the same graphic design principles you’re already familiar with can be used to improve problematic slides.

As well as gaining skills that will benefit your clients, you’ll also learn how to use PowerPoint for promoting your own business. Laura will show you how to create a portfolio you can bring with you on your mobile devices and how to create videos that you can use in your content marketing efforts.

You’ll come away from this workshop knowing how you can use PowerPoint to better serve your clients, increase your marketability, and create effective self-promotion.

Managing and Leading Creative Teams

When: July 17–24

As creative directors, department heads, and project managers we are charged with managing resources and leading people every day. We’ve worked our whole careers to do creative work ourselves, and look forward to the day when we can lead the whole creative team. And then that day comes. You‘re in charge of the team and you realize you might know a whole lot about being creative but you just don’t know where to start managing other people.

How do you move beyond art-direction of a few projects, to managing people and leading your team? How do I get them to trust my decisions? Why didn’t they teach us this stuff in art school?

In this workshop, Andy Brenits will share the techniques and skills he has used to build creative teams, manage resources, and lead people. You’ll have some practical tools to enhance your creative skills with those needed to manage, and lead, your in-house creative team and bring added value to your corporate culture.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • The difference between managing and leading.
  • Leadership styles and situations best suited for using them.
  • Best practices for managing your creative team.

Supercharge Your In-House Team

When: July 19–26

This workshop combines two of our most popular in-house management workshops presented by Ed RobertsSupercharge Your In-House Team & Managing Creative Team dynamics.

Forming an in-house team comes with some challenges. It’s hard to keep up-to-date on the latest software and technology advances, satisfying the ever-changing client demands while still turning out creative work. In this workshop, Ed Roberts covers how to handles the in-house pressures, and shows how his in-house team has thrived. Ed will also share personal trials and inspiring triumphs in his in-house career quest to build supercharged, well-respected, high-performance in-house teams that truly rock! You’ll quickly realize that you can too!

When interviewing for an addition to your team, how do you know who will be a great fit? Applicants show their best during an interview, but you don’t really know their performance until after they start working for you. Are you hiring a saboteur or a savior?

This workshop guides you on how to manage a diverse creative team. You will be able to tell if your employee is a saboteur or a savior after working with them for six months. Ed Roberts will discuss ways to convert a saboteur into a productive team member and how to encourage saviors.

In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • How to supercharge a low-performing in-house team
  • How to establish a clear vision and set of core values
  • How to acquire top talent and define team member roles and key accountabilities
  • How to master effective communication and conflict resolution skills

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