Graphic Design Crashcourse


Full-day workshop • April 19th
In this workshop, Mark Boulton will guide you through the practical design techniques that make a difference. From learning how to crop a photograph to guide a viewers eyes, to being able to typeset a data table for optimum scanning by a reader. This is a very practical workshop. You’ll end the day with a design you are proud of and a new toolbox of design techniques to use tomorrow.

Ever struggled to choose the right colour or typeface? Have you ever felt like a design you’re working on just isn’t feeling right but you can’t figure out why? Then this crash-course workshop in graphic design can help make the difference to your design skills.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How to give and receive constructive design critique
  • The fundamentals of typography
  • Visual hierarchy, negative space and composition
  • Colour theory 101
  • Grid system and Layout design

What can I expect on the day?

It’s called a workshop for a reason! You’ll be working! Mark will be structuring the day around theory, then practice, then critique. Each session designed to build on the last, all whilst employing the simple and practical techniques.

What Hardware / Software do you need?

To get the most out of this workshop, you’ll need to bring a laptop with you and your preferred design software (Illustrator, Photoshop, Sketch...)

Time & Location

This full-day workshop will be hosted at the SF State University — Downtown Campus and will take place after the two days of Smashing Conference. The workshop will be running from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Thursday, April 19th.

Schedule for Thursday, April 19th

8:30 – Doors open, Registration
9:00 – Introduction & Kick-off
10:30 – Coffee Break
12:30 – Lunch
13:30 – Afternoon Session
15:00 – Coffee Break
17:00 – The End, Networking

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Workshop includes
  • Snacks and drinks during the whole day
  • Tea and coffee
  • Lunch
  • Paper and pen/pencil

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