All classes run from 9:00am to 11:30am on Saturdays
St. Lawrence University, Richardson 302

We will be working on Windows 10 systems using PortableApps from a USB Drive.

All students will receive a St. Lawrence University-branded USB flashdrive with all the necessary Open Source software pre-loaded (Scribus, GIMP, Inkscape). All work must be saved to the flashdrive and the flashdrives are the students’ to keep after the end of the program. This website will be used to post schedules, important links, announcements, and student work.

Class 1:
September 16, 2017
Introduction to graphic design and open source.  A discussion on what “graphic design” is and isn’t and the tools used in graphic design. Compare Open Source tools to Adobe Creative tools. Discuss student’s skills and knowledge of graphic design.

Test PortableApps and software to confirm all is working. Review computer operations, expectations and agenda. Review the class “assignments”—the projects we will be working on.

Nature’s Storehouse, in Canton, is holding a T-Shirt Design Contest. Our first project will be to work on entries. The final design is due October 6, 2017.

T-Shirt Contest Info

Class 2:
September 23, 2017
Create a framework for the projects. Establish a “creative brief” for the projects, decide how to proceed and what tools are best for the projects. Discuss the types of projects to create.

The suggested projects are:

You (the student) are either a person, a product or a company. Example: Susie Smith is a company—the Susie Smith Co. Create a range of graphic design material for the company. This can consist of many different pieces and different students may have different graphic needs. We’ll discuss why.

Suggestions: Brochure, business card, logo, product label, website homepage, billboard, bumper sticker. Or, any other pieces that is relevant to the individual.

Class 3:
September 30, 2017
Using open source tools, acquire graphic assets, write or acquire text and begin building rough drafts of projects. Find open source graphic elements on Wikipedia, Creative Commons, etc. Use Scribus, GIMP, Inkscape to create projects and possibly explore other open source tools such as Blender, OpenShot, Bibisco, and more.

Class 4:
October 7, 2017
Work on projects using as many open source graphic design tools as possible. Get busy!

Class 5:
October 21, 2017
Peer review. All students will critique and advise each other on their projects. Make adjustments as necessary. Open source means working together. Everyone contributes, everyone helps, everyone collaborates. We all excel.

Class 6:
October 28, 2017
Work on projects nearing completion. Proofread, test, collaborate. Gotta do the hard stuff to make it right.

Class 7:
November 4, 2017
Finalize projects. Re-purpose for web or other uses as necessary. Pre-flight files, package files for output, create final printable files. The big reveal.

Class 8:
November 11, 2017
Print final projects and post to web if necessary. Field trip to Office Services to produce final work live! Stuff to take home and hang on the fridge. Maybe your project will be used in real-life situations. Why not? You’re open source graphic designers. You rule.