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 we offer both live and ondemand workshops. The ondemand workshops last a week and can be accessed at any time during that week. The online, interactive design live workshops last about an hour and include a Q&A session toward the end where you can get answers to your specific questions on the Live Workshop topic. Not able to attend the live event? You can still enroll in the workshop and get access to the recording for an additional 30 days version at a later date.

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Leveraging Social Media as a Designer

Today, Social Media is one the most utilized forms of communication we have. It is also one of the broadest, while also being the most direct. You can reach a large audience while at the same time having target access to individuals you could never reach otherwise.

For a designer, this means you can reach potential clients or employers as well as influencers in your industry. There is also the potential to become an influencer in your industry by leveraging social media tools. This can seem a bit overwhelming on top of managing your clients and actually doing your design work, but it is an extremely important marketing tool.

This workshop is a combination of 2 of our most popular social media workshops – Leveraging Social Media as a Designer and Effectively Integrate Social Media in your Website. These 2 popular workshops combine to bring you insight into the how to use social media both as a marketing tool and as a way to improve interaction with your audience. The will show you how you can use the various social media platforms effectively in your career.

In Leveraging Social Media as a Designer, you’ll learn:

  • Why Social Media Matters for Designers
  • Which Social Media Platforms to Focus On
  • How to treat social media as more than a tool to drive traffic
  • About five areas you can leverage to better integrate social media with your website
  • How to create an online ecosystem that builds relationships

When: Jan. 27 – Feb. 2
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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 infographs in Adobe Illustrator

When: Jan. 31 – Feb. 7
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Supercharge Your In-house Team

This workshop combines two of our most popular in-house management workshops presented by Ed Roberts Supercharge Your In-House Team & Saboteurs & Saviors.

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 Supercharge Your In-house Team, 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

When:. Feb. 1 – Feb. 7
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Wacom Tablet 101

Have you been considering purchasing a Wacom or another brand of tablet? Do you already own a tablet, but haven’t really taken advantage of the full functionality of your tablet? This workshop will show you the advantages of using a tablet and how to take full advantage of your tablet’s range of functionality. This workshop will give you tips for setting up your table to meet your individual needs as well as how to create express keys to make your life easier.

In Wacom Tablet 101, you’ll learn:

  • Advantages of using a tablet
  • 5 tips for success with your tablet
  • How to setup your tablet
  • How to use your tablet with applications like Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Illustrator

When:. Feb. 15 – Feb. 21
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3 Key Stages of Web Design Project Management

In this workshop, you will learn the key stages of the project management process including pricing & estimating your project, how to find the right team for the project and how to handle the inevitable surprises that pop-up on every project. This workshop will look at the best ways to price your work and what deadlines to know before you start. We’ll also cover the different roles that make up each major type of team member.

In 3 Key Stages of Web Design Project Management, you’ll learn:

  • How project management is part of the new business model
  • Which software is necessary and which you can do without
  • What tools are the most efficient for scheduling
  • How to estimate a schedule for a proposal
  • Which web apps can help with estimating and scheduling How to gauge who you’ll need on a project
  • Where to find great talent
  • Hiring freelancers vs. hiring full-time employees
  • What the different roles are for designers and programmers and what they do
  • What communication and task management tools you can use to manage your team
  • How to assess the health of your project
  • What tools and methods to use for managing your project
  • When and what to say if (and when) things start to go wrong

When:. Feb. 22 – Feb. 29
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