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NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform
Meets 4 half-days – Tues & Thurs 10:00am-1:00pm EDT for two weeks
Students must have Adobe InDesign installed on their home computers

An engaging portfolio or press kit is essential to creatives in numerous fields and professions. For visual artists, they are a great way to document and share the progression of one’s work and achievements. For independent contractors, consultants, or business owners, they are an excellent way to share samples of work with prospective clients. For nearly anyone, they can be a vehicle for advancement in your career and other creative endeavors.

This course will primarily utilize Adobe InDesign ( 2-Day Intro to Adobe InDesign recommended to first-time users) for the creation of digital portfolios and electronic press kits. Students should be prepared with necessary photos and text/copy to get work started, you will develop and share your work with the rest of the group.

We will discuss potential structures and components for different types of portfolios and press kits, and explore the basic elements and principles of design. Through demos, group discussions, and the sharing of each others work—students will learn the dos and don’ts of desktop publishing, develop presentation skills and effective messaging, and work to enhance their portfolio/presskit to meet professional standards.

Computer literacy is required. Some working knowledge of other Adobe software would be very helpful, but is not necessary. Virtual courses are conducted via Zoom and are best experienced with a reliable broadband connection, and the ability to configure your workspace to follow a Zoom session, while using other programs at the same time.

Students must have Adobe InDesign installed on their home computers. Various subscription options including month-to-month billing, are available on Adobe’s website.

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Instructor: David Allen

David is a seasoned designer with over 15 years of experience in digital printing, art direction, and book design. In 2018 he founded Render, ( a design and publication company dedicated to meeting the needs of small business and nonprofits. David has taught fine art and multimedia courses in art centers, professional workshops, and colleges. Also a practicing artist, he shows regularly in invitational, group, and solo exhibitions; his work was recognized in Maine Home and Design’s Annual Art Issues of 2017 and 2012.