Novice and professional designers run into the same issues when it comes to creating products that will translate properly from their computers, to massive billboards and tiny devices.
How to Solve it: Establishing the right workflow will help you avoid common problems and ensure that every element in every design makes sense and looks great.
This course isn't a design course; rather, it's for those who already have layout skills but wish to establish an efficient, professional workflow.
Establish a Professional Workflow and Nail Every Design Project
Make Every One of Your Designs Shine in Print and on the Web
This is a course designed to teach you what you need to know in a short amount of time so you can begin working like a professional graphic designer, regardless of your experience level.
You'll go through a bootcamp style series of lectures and design exercises that will teach you how to achieve a professional workflow. You'll also learn how to prepare your work so it makes sense when you see it in print or on the web.
There aren't any specific requirements in terms of what software to use when creating layouts, so you can choose whatever program you prefer and still get the most out of this course.
Contents and Overview
After a brief introduction, this course begins with the preparation necessary to create files that you can work with throughout the creative process.
Learn techniques that will help you avoid common problems related to device viewport and printing.
Next, you'll put the theories you just learned into practice. You'll work on creating a promotional postcard and poster before moving on to a responsive website design for desktop and mobile devices.
By the end of this course, you'll know how to efficiently work like a graphic design and layout pro. You'll be able to effectively manage and organize all of your files and assets so you can let your creativity and talent truly shine while getting more gigs.
Whether you're a designer, art director, or creative director, the tips in this course will give you the skills you need to go from art enthusiast to graphic design pro.
In this course, you'll enter a bootcamp for page layout, and basic professional workflow, used by creative industry pros. As a graphic designer, it's equally important to work with files, assets and creative in an organized manner as it is to be creative. Every designer, art director and creative director knows the importance of good files and workflow. It's the key ingredient that separates the pros, from the enthusiasts. Talent isn't going to get you that next gig, if you don't work like a pro. This course will set you on the proper path.
In this course, we're going to create some really cool Rock Band promotional material for the real Canadian band, Gracie Mae. They have an upcoming show (fake, for the purpose of the course), and they need to promote it and get their fans excited. They need print promotions and a responsive web design, and we're going to deliver!
Let's review all the project files, and you can download the project files here as well.
In this video, we cover the un-fun stuff, but the necessary preparation work for creating good files that stand up during the creative process. These techniques will help you avoid issues related to printing and the device viewport.
Now, we can get creative. In this video, we're going to knock out a cool poster and promotional post card.
Let's move on to a full-screen desktop design - part of our responsive design strategy.
Let's get small - and design the smallest version of our responsive site. The Smartphone vertical view.
We covered a lot of ground. Let's quickly recap what you've learned.
What happens now? Some great design work, that's what!
I'm Shawn Barry, and I'm a creative professional with over 30 years experience. I'm also partner and creative director at a small boutique agency here in Toronto called Booster Rocket Media. I'm also a social media educator, where I do creative and graphic design tips and tutorials and give industry advice through youtube and Facebook.