Photoshop is great for many things. You can get rid of red eye, crop your ex out of old photos, and even put your face on a dinosaur’s body. But when it comes to producing high quality vector graphics, Adobe Illustrator is the most powerful visualization tool you will ever use.
From logos to infographics to simple website wireframes, Illustrator contains a wide array of tools that will help you create compelling graphics and images. The class will cover everything that’s needed to start creating, from the fundamentals of pixels versus vectors to basic drawing and shape manipulation. By the end of the session, you’ll have an understanding of the basic toolkit and the ability to start building scalable graphics. No experience is necessary; we’ll be making pretty objects in no time.
Please bring a laptop with Adobe Illustrator CS5 or later installed. (Trial version is free and can be found here). Also, please bring a mouse (it'll make the exercises much easier).
Dave is an architect, designer, and proud Queens resident. He currently runs product as co-founder at Coalition for Queens and Chief Design Officer at Classroom Blueprint, an education startup that allows teachers to share classroom designs. In a previous life, David worked on skyscrapers and city masterplans, and also has extensive experience as a freelance 3D renderer and graphic designer. His work has been featured in the NYTimes, visua.ly, Design for Obama, and the American Institute of Architects. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and an Master of Architecture from Yale University.