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Learn WordPress – Free download
Here is a download from a workshop I teach on WordPress
I teach at the Art Institute of California – San Diego and for the past two quarters I have been teaching a workshop in how to use WordPress. In a forum through AIGA that I participate in a former AI student asked me if I could share the resource so here it is.
This is a good place to start, when I first started using WordPress, I was clueless and it was daunting. There are so many variables, so I hope this helps anyone interested, in getting started with WordPress.
Download How To Use WordPress 11-13
If you need to learn Coding and CSS, there is an excellent class at Aquent Gymnasium. Other places I like learning programming and business subjects for free are Udacity and Khan University.
Hope this helps!
Thought I would share this audio bite from Design Thinking
I reblogged this from the Brian Lehrer show. the originals post can be found HERE.
Info-graphics That Will Help You Find a Job.
Below I have posted a link to a must-see Pinterst board with several helpful info-graphics featuring advice for those seeking employment.
Check out the FREE advise for job-seekers.
Working with Clients – the design process
I came across this article in the New York Times about the redesign of the famous NY restaurant Tavern on the Green's logo. As is the case many times, the client didn't know exactly what they wanted and the designer (Designer: Nicole M. Hagedorn) went through 17 versions before coming up with a final solution that the client accepted.
I like to show this type of example to my students, since I know that they often get frustrated with me (I usually do know what I am after — stronger, more unique design solutions) for pushing them to continue to try different design solutions, when they have settled on one to fulfill an assignment. This process is typical in working with clients even though most of us don't enjoy it – it is part of the design process. If you only have one idea and you are married to it, what will you do when the client rejects it?
Here is the original logo:
Here is the final solution:
Credit Designer: Nicole M. Hagedorn
TO VIEW THE ENTIRE DESIGN PROCESS CLICK here
Nobody Tells This To Beginners -by Ira Glass
I posted this previously but feel it is worth revisiting. I feel it applies to any undertaking that is new – be it a new drawing, a new piece of writing, a new film or a new start-up. Thanks for the pep talk Ira – I needed it.
Draw Your Future – A case for drawing evenif it is stick figures
Interesting Ted Talk on how to draw your way into the future you wish to have and you don’t even have to know how to draw.
Maggig Macnab – the Nature of Symbols
I thought this is a good follow-up post to the previous one.
Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships Help The Next Generation of Diverse Creative Talent
Pivot moves into production
One of the 2013 Idea Award winning projects, Pivot, is moving into the production phase. With a boost from their Design Ignites Change award money, the product–discrete messaging about human trafficking hidden inside a sanitary pad–has moved beyond the prototype phase and is ready to go into production. They launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds in order to produce 20,000 units, which is the minimum order required by their vendor. Please consider supporting to help get this valuable information to potential human trafficking victims.
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