Making Your First Zine: From Idea to Illustration

Kate Bingaman-Burt, Illustrator & Educator

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8 Videos (46m)
    • Introduction

      2:59
    • Your Zine

      2:11
    • Inspiration: Zine History

      13:23
    • Ideation and Illustration

      6:42
    • Laying Out Your Zine

      5:38
    • Collaging

      5:58
    • Experimenting with Image-Making

      5:31
    • Wrap Up!

      3:34

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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Awesome class by a great teacher!
Can't wait to work on my projects now. Completely inspired after watching this class.
This is exactly the kind of class I was looking for! Kate's can-do energy is totally contagious and I love that her confident, creative spirit comes through. Got lots of ideas for zine topics and fun tidbits about zine history and "why" one should make zines. Already folded up my one-pager and brainstormed the content... Ready to draw!

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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). I am also an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Portland State University.

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 on the board of directors for Design Week Portland and the Independent Publishing Resource Center and I also operate the project space Outlet.

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

Learn more: katebingamanburt.com/about