Design Efficiency Intensive
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Design Efficiency Intensive

A concentrated overview of Fluid Design concepts, created to help graphic designers become zen masters of efficiency.
3.5 (1 rating)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
6 students enrolled
Created by Whit Gurley
Last updated 1/2015
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  • 33 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Blaze through your design work life like never before
  • Attain zen-like mastery of your design tools
  • Impress peers and higher-ups with your prowess on the computer
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  • Students will need to have solid, real-world knowledge of the practice of graphic design
  • IMPORTANT: This is a primarily Mac-based course! Windows-based designers can still glean a lot of important information from the content, but many of the tips deal specifically with OS X.

This intensive course is a cross-section of the Fluid Design methodology, which covers every aspect of graphic design efficiency, from Adobe CS/CC tricks to effective personal time and resource management. Career designers of all experience levels will benefit from the time- and energy-saving tools you'll learn about!

Fluid Design was created by Whit Gurley, an equally lazy and anal retentive career designer who has been obsessed with the streamlining of design workflow for two decades. Whit's studio Angled End Identities has been building the brands of small and large clients since 2001.

NOTE: The Fluid Design curriculum is largely Macintosh-based. While Windows-based designers will fine plenty of valuable info, a significant portion of the content discusses techniques and tools that are specific to OS X (though Windows counterparts can be found for most if not all of these).

Who is the target audience?
  • Any graphic designer or design student with a solid working knowledge of the primary Adobe apps
  • Any design teacher or manager wanting to hone their chops so that they can improve the efficiency of their class or team
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Design Efficiency Intensive
5 Lectures 32:35

Meet your instructor (a.k.a. Design Efficiency Overlord) and learn the basic concepts behind the study of Fluid Design.

Note: I strongly recommend that you download the free FD Efficiency Pack via the link below!

Intro music by

Preview 04:35

Learn a multitude of techniques for streamlining and speeding up your daily computer usage:

  • File naming strategies
  • Project folder templates
  • Project status management
  • Operating system navigation
  • Rapid text editing
  • Macros
Preview 10:29

A tour of the most powerful efficiency-building tools at your disposal from within your creative apps:

  • Workspaces
  • Modifier keys
  • Single key commands
  • Custom commands
  • File organization
  • Actions
  • Tool presets

Your design fluidity is greatly affected by what you do outside of the computer! This is a run-down of real world areas that can be made more balanced and efficient:

  • Time and schedule management
  • Communication
  • Ergonomics
  • Water & snacks

Congratulations on finishing the FD Design Efficiency Intensive! Those interested in continuing their study may discount the amount they paid for this course when they sign up for the FD Master Suite. Please email me for a special code.

Real World Environment & Habits

See the Overlord at work in his favorite app, covering the powerful usage of two important Photoshop techniques:

  • Modifier keys
  • Single key commands
BONUS: Photoshop-specific content from the FD Master Suite!
About the Instructor
Whit Gurley
3.5 Average rating
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6 Students
1 Course
Design Efficiency Overlord

Professional designer since 1997, anal retentive since 1975.

I've worked for a few design studios, been the Art Director for a multinational software company, and owned my own studio since 2001. I created Fluid Design after realizing that no one in the industry was focusing on the efficiency of our work processes.

Starting with Photoshop 2.0 (not Photoshop CS2, whippersnapper), I've been hell-bent on learning the most efficient and most powerful methods of generating design pieces for about two decades - from integrated use of the keyboard to file and task management techniques.

As of the publishing of this course, I have never witnessed a faster designer. But that doesn't stop me from constantly honing my craft and learning from other people!