Digital Design

 

Accelerated Online Workshops

 

Evolve your skills.

The Digital Design Essentials online series has been developed for professionals seeking to upgrade their skills and introduce key concepts of design to their workflow. From design thinking strategies to information architecture and Adobe Creative Suite basics, this short series will give you insight into the world of design and technology and teach you core concepts you can apply to your work.

Regular rate:

$100 $60

Workshop Duration:

2 hours, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. PST

Location:

Online

 

**Students must confirm they are at least 16 years old at the beginning of the workshop in order to register.

**Please note that courses may be cancelled at any time due to low enrolment. Upon cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund.

 

Introduction to Photoshop (online)

Photoshop skills are hugely beneficial to every creative professional. This multi-faceted program can do a little bit of everything and forms the foundation for working with other programs in the Adobe Creative Suite. It can be overwhelming when you're just starting out, so in this workshop we will focus on six key tools to get you ready to take on simple projects and position you to continue developing your skills.

Learning Outcomes – Participants will:

  • Be introduced to the Photoshop interface, how to move smoothly around the canvas, and basic keyboard shortcuts.
  • Learn the six essential tools (selection, brush, eyedropper, clone stamp, layers, and masks) and how and when to use them.
  • Learn about non-destructive editing, what it is, and why it's important.
  • Complete a short in-class assignment applying the skills discussed.

Requirements:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Computer with dual-monitor (recommended), microphone, and camera (optional)
  • Stable Internet connection

 

*Students must confirm they are 16 years or older at the beginning of the workshop in order to register.

 

July 22, 2020 – **ONLINE workshop**

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Introduction to Illustrator (online)

Learning Adobe Illustrator empowers you to create high-quality artwork at small file sizes that look crisp and perfect at any scale. This powerful vector-based program can be counter-intuitive to the way many artists and designers are used to working. In this workshop, we will focus on getting you comfortable with the basics. We'll cover the pen, shape, and pathfinder tools, as well as how to move freely and fluidly through the basic interface. You will learn how to create simple geometric illustrations and be on your way to becoming a confident Illustrator user.

Learning Outcomes – Participants will:

  • Be introduced to the Illustrator interface, common keyboard shortcuts, how to group objects and navigate through grouping hierarchy.
  • Learn how to create complex shapes using Bezier curves with the pen tool.
  • Learn how to combine and manipulate basic shapes using the pathfinder tool.
  • Learn how to apply colour, gradients, and basic masks to objects.
  • Complete a short in class assignment applying the skills discussed.

Requirements:

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Computer with dual-monitor (recommended), microphone, and camera (optional)
  • Stable Internet connection

 

*Students must confirm they are 16 years or older at the beginning of the workshop in order to register.

 

July 29, 2020 – **ONLINE workshop**

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Introduction to InDesign (online)

Adobe InDesign is a go-to tool for beautiful, cohesive text layout. Whether you're designing your resume or a 100+ page booklet, knowing how to set up and maintain a project in InDesign can help you create well-organized, structured, and polished documents. In this demo of the basic InDesign tools and features, you will learn how to set up your project, create master page templates, character, and paragraph styles, and lay out your document according to a grid.

Learning Outcomes – Participants will:

  • Be introduced to the InDesign interface, how to set up your document and basic terminology like bleed and slug.
  • Learn how to set up a basic grid and use guides to create a polished page layout.
  • Learn how to set up master page templates and character/paragraph styles to streamline your visual hierarchy.
  • Add text and images to your document.
  • Complete a short in class assignment applying the skills discussed.

Requirements:

  • Adobe InDesign
  • Computer with dual-monitor (recommended), microphone, and camera (optional)
  • Stable Internet connection

 

*Students must confirm they are 16 years or older at the beginning of the workshop in order to register.

 

August 6, 2020 – **ONLINE workshop**

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Introduction to Design Thinking (online)

In order to become a successful designer in the industry, you need to understand how to think like your users. In this Introduction to Design Thinking workshop, you will explore what design thinking is and why businesses require it to achieve results. You will learn the importance of user research through empathy and how to practise it to gain a deeper understanding of your users. You will also explore design research methods to unravel real human needs. By the end of this workshop, you will gain direct knowledge on how to embrace user research to apply design thinking strategies to help build successful products.

Learning Outcomes – Participants will:

  • Understand what design thinking is and why it’s important.
  • Identify how practicing empathy can help uncover real customer needs.
  • Explore how design thinking methods and tools can help you deal with challenging problems with your product or craft.

Requirements:

  • Computer, microphone, and camera (optional)
  • Stable Internet connection

 

*Students must confirm they are 16 years or older at the beginning of the workshop in order to register.

 

August 13, 2020 – **ONLINE workshop**

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Henry Chu

Product Designer | Digital Design Mentor & Instructor

Henry Chu is a Product Designer at Microsoft Vancouver’s Bigpark Studio. From Office 365 to 3D Viewer, HoloLens, and Xbox One, Henry believes design shapes our future. The changing nature of human behaviour and technology has driven him to create innovative, useful, and memorable experiences for consumers and enterprise customers.

 
 

Ivy Sang

UX Research Manager

Ivy is currently working as a UXR Manager at Electronic Arts, one of the largest gaming companies in the world, where she is advocating user-centered process. She enjoys sharing her knowledge on how to communicate through visual language in digital media. She understands thoroughly the differences between UX and UI in both the tech and gaming industries. She enjoys creating student-centered teaching and learning experiences at VFS.

 
 

Leanne Roed

Game Designer | UX/UI Designer

Leanne Roed is a game and UI/UX designer who has been working in the game industry for close to 10 years. She has worked for several local game studios on multiple projects, from large teams with high-profile intellectual properties to small teams bringing unique projects to life. Her company Less Than Three Interactive released its first game, Cribbage With Grandpas, in 2016. It has been featured multiple times on the Apple App Store and was nominated for IndieCade 2017.