Introduction to Design

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By: Kimberly Lee, Medill 2013

This week, students learned all about design from Jeremy Gilbert, assistant professor at Medill. The day started off with an interactive powerpoint presentation on the importance of font and color in branding a social media site. With the examples of news sites, students could see the deliberate design decisions companies around them make everyday. Then, students got to test the design waters themselves by learning how to use Adobe Photoshop. They began by creating their own blog headers to learn the many features of the software. They imported pictures, altered layers and learned the difference between a JPEG and GIF. For the last part of class, they worked on creating a new blog header for the Word Press site they will make in a couple weeks. The designs were all really unique and showcased their individual personalities.

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