Making Your First Zine: From Idea to Illustration

Kate Bingaman-Burt, Illustrator & Educator

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8 Videos (46m)
    • Introduction

    • Your Zine

    • Inspiration: Zine History

    • Ideation and Illustration

    • Laying Out Your Zine

    • Collaging

    • Experimenting with Image-Making

    • Wrap Up!


About This Class

Get ready to go zine crazy! Join the delightful designer and illustrator Kate Bingaman-Burt to learn how to make your first zine. This 45-minute class is full of history, ideas, and illustration tips to free your imagination and help you create an awesome, empowering little piece of print.

Zines are a cheap form of printed expression. They're DIY, easy to reproduce, and you don't need anyone's permission to get started. The whole point is sharing something YOU care about and YOU want people to know.

This class is chock-full of creative prompts — a zine about tiny office plants! your cell phone history! your first crush! — and a downloadable template to help you fold/cut in just the right places.

Illustrators, designers, and all creators welcome. Everyone should take this class! All you need is a sheet of paper, your brain, and some writing/drawing utensils. Don't overthink it! Grab a pen, an idea, and let's go.


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Really inspiring and fun!
One of the interesting and useful cources on skillshare :)
LOVED IT! I already create fanzined, but she was dynamic, creative and super easy going. I got lots of new ideas.
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Kate Bingaman-Burt

Illustrator & Educator

I make piles of work about the things that we BUY (and want) and the emotions attached to our STUFF. I also happily think and draw for good people and companies. I have been making work about consumption since 2002, teaching since 2004 and drawing until my hand cramps since 2006 (ouch).

Along with being an educator and illustrator, I organize events, installationsworkshops and I probably talk a bit too much. 

My first book, Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?  was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010. Since then, I have collaborated with them to produce two more titles about documentation and consumption in 2012 and 2014. 

My design clients include Chipotle, Uniqlo, Hallmark, IDEO, VH1, Girl Scouts of America, Madewell and the Gap as well as locally loved institutions like the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Reading Frenzy and Know Your City. I am also on the board of directors for Design Week Portland and the Independent Pubishing Resource Center.

For me, teaching and making go hand in hand. Without one, the other wouldn’t exist.

In 2013, I was the recipient of the College of the Arts Kamelia Massih Outstanding Faculty Prize as well as a TEDXPortland Speaker. I am the faculty advisor for the PSU.GD student design group Friends of Graphic Design (FoGD) and the in-house student design studio  A+D Projects. I also coordinate the weekly Show & Tell Lecture Series. I am also the Associate Director of the School of Art+Design at PSU.

M.F.A. University of Nebraska, 2004
B.A. College of the Ozarks, 2000

Kate is a part of See Saw Club with Will BryantJason SturgillAlex Despain, and Taryn Cowart.

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