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Boulder Digital Arts (BDA) offers over 300 events a year specifically for entrepreneurs, startups, freelancers, and creative digital professionals, including many free social and networking events, affordable classes and workshops, a shared coworking space, private offices, a greenscreen production studio, and lots more! Check out our website at www.boulderdigitalarts.com for all the info on events and networking opportunities, and be sure to get listed in our free directory of creative digital professionals!

Upcoming events (5)

Graphic Design Certificate Program (held via Zoom)

Boulder Digital Arts

To receive the Zoom link, as well as to see many more details about this class, please go to the Boulder Digital Arts website; the cost is only $1,249 for this live, instructor-led workshop, and $1,149 for current BDA members: https://www.boulderdigitalarts.com/training/details.php?offering=545 Through a combination of lectures, hands-on learning, and guided practice time, you will develop a graphic designer's sense of problem solving while building projects towards a personal "body of work". By creating a variety of projects, you'll gain an understanding of how to effectively implement professional design tools, how to creatively solve problems, and what solutions are most appropriate for successful design. Each day, with your instructor Michael Coronado, you'll learn the most often-used tools and workflows while working on designs you can use in the future. During this course you will: Identify the common themes and tools in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and After Effects. Explore core digital design principles, processes and best practices. Learn basic typography, design and graphic illustration skills. Prepare graphic elements and layout for web, print and motion (video). Animate simple graphics. Design pieces such as an animated logo, business card, Web portfolio layout comps and a graphic resume. What this Course WILL NOT cover: Coding for the web or generating an actual website. Intermediate or advanced digital painting. Intermediate or advanced photo manipulation. Intermediate or advanced tools/processes in InDesign and After Effects. How to be an expert designer in all things Adobe. Complete Schedule: Monday July 13,[masked]am - 5pm Tuesday July 14,[masked]am - 5pm Wednesday July 15,[masked]am - 5pm Thursday July 16,[masked]am - 5pm Friday July 17,[masked]am - 5pm Participants should also be familiar with the overall interface that is shared between all the Adobe applications. If you haven't used any of the Adobe tools or want to be sure you're up to speed, we offer registrants a free video introduction; please contact BDA staff if you'd like access to this video once you're preregistered on the BDA website at https://www.boulderdigitalarts.com/training/details.php?offering=545 Participants are welcome and encouraged to bring their own assets to work on in the class including photos, videos, or previous graphics. This will enable students to focus and work with their own materials, thus improving their own body of work. If a student is unable to bring their own assets, they will be welcome to use items provided by the instructor. Participants should also have: Laptop or Desktop (Macs preferred) Adobe Creative Cloud - PS, AI, AE, ID Google Drive (Gmail account) Sketch pad, notepad (optional) To receive the Zoom link, as well as to see many more details about this class, please go to the Boulder Digital Arts website; the cost is only $1,249 for this live, instructor-led workshop, and $1,149 for current BDA members: https://www.boulderdigitalarts.com/training/details.php?offering=545

Improving Your WordPress SEO live class (held via Zoom)

Boulder Digital Arts

To receive the Zoom link, as well as to see many more details about this class, please go to the Boulder Digital Arts website; the cost is only $169 for this live, instructor-led workshop, and $149 for current BDA members: https://www.boulderdigitalarts.com/training/details.php?offering=333 In this unique 2-afternoon workshop you'll LEARN BY DOING and leave the workshop having started the process of search engine optimizing your WordPress-powered website or blog. Along the way you'll learn how to use SEO plugins to optimize your WordPress site's post and page content and maximize your content's visibility on the web. Complete Schedule: 7/13/2020 | 1pm- 4pm 7/15/2020 | 1pm - 4pm In this workshop you'll learn: Part 1 - Factors that influence SEO - on site, on page, off site, and visitor behavior Keyword planning strategies - transactional keywords, informational queries, product and service modifiers, location modifiers Content strategies - unique value, spreadable value, matching intent, topic authority, evergreen content On-site/on-page factors - titles, headings, meta descriptions, URLs, alt tags Review students sites using Moz Tools and WooRank Install Yoast SEO plugin and submit site to Google Search Console Part 2 - Set home page title and description Optimize pages and posts using Yoast SEO plugin Optimize images and links Understand advanced page settings in Yoast plugin (no follow and no index) Optimize content for social media sharing Specify what content should be indexed Link site to social media accounts Generate XML sitemap Set up Google Analytics plugin To receive the Zoom link, as well as to see many more details about this class, please go to the Boulder Digital Arts website; the cost is only $169 for this live, instructor-led workshop, and $149 for current BDA members: https://www.boulderdigitalarts.com/training/details.php?offering=333 Note - This class is designed for people who manage a self-hosted WordPress website and are familiar with general WordPress concepts such as posts, pages, categories, and media. If you do not have a WordPress site or are just getting started using WordPress, we recommend you take our WordPress for Beginners before this class. www.boulderdigitalarts.com/training

Instagram for Business Hands-On (held remotely via Zoom)

Boulder Digital Arts

Please pre-register on the Boulder Digital Arts website to take this class: https://www.boulderdigitalarts.com/training/details.php?offering=642 In this all-day class, held remotely via Zoom, you'll learn the power behind the one and only Instagram and why you and your business can thrive if you choose to strategically use it! You'll learn what to post, when to post, why to post and who you should be posting to! You'll learn how to think outside the box and seriously make your business page stand OUT! Oh, the power of the #hashtag. Discover your ideal target markets in this class, where they hang out, and why it's a game-changer to stay niche in this wild world of Instagram. We'll spend time on understanding your ideal target markets, how to speak with them, and give live examples of current businesses and individual accounts that are currently rock stars at this. You'll also learn the anatomy of Instagram. We'll get to the bottom of all the buttons and features in the interface and what they do. You'll also learn the power of your biography at the top of your account and content strategies. We will be covering how to effectively theme "your stuff" and what complimentary apps are out there to do so. In addition, you'll learn about scheduling apps! "The more powerful videos/stories, the better." We will be mastering this mantra in this class. We'll touch on Instagram stories and why they are so important! We will discuss how to get followers, but more importantly that you don't need thousands of followers to get good business. We will also talk about hashtags, filters, and the power of all of the creative tools such as "boomerang" and more. You'll learn why authenticity is your armor in the Instagram world, where your competitors are and what they're doing, as well as what a "social influencer" is and why they matter. Note, this class will not cover paid advertising on Instagram. Instead we'll focus on strategies for increasing your organic reach and impact. What We'll Cover: Anatomy of Instagram, also known as where and what do all of these buttons do! #hashtags and how to effectively use the right ones for your business. How to make your Instagram page stand out to your ideal users, including discussing photography, color, themes, video and more. How to create effective daily, weekly, and monthly stories & posts! The power of the bio on your Instagram page, and how to make it easy to understand what your business is about. IGTV and how to effectively use it. Content strategies. Tips on how to make your videos more powerful and sell on Instagram. Theming your business page and personal accounts. Design tools you can use for free today that make incredible Instagram posts and more. A/B testing - what works and what doesn't. How to spot a killer Instagram page and why it's killer almost instantly, including examples. Finding more target markets through every nook and cranny even though you thought you found them all. How to keep Instagram fun and not stressful for your business. How to find awesome social influencers. How to see what works for your COMPETITORS in your business or personal accounts. The power of the meme and why it is so effective for businesses. Scheduling apps so you and your team don't become exhausted posting every day! Why commenting back to people is so important and how to stay on top of it. "Black hat" vs. "white hat" policies of Instagram. We'll cover what to do and not to do in order to stay in compliance with Instagram guidelines so they don't tear down your account. How businesses make money by posting other people's content so they don't have to, including examples. Please pre-register on the Boulder Digital Arts website to take this class; the cost is $279 for this all-day class ($249 for BDA members): https://www.boulderdigitalarts.com/training/details.php?offering=642

UI/UX Design Certificate Program (held via Zoom)

Boulder Digital Arts

To receive the Zoom link, as well as to see many more details about this class, please go to the Boulder Digital Arts website; the cost is only $1,399 for this live, instructor-led workshop, and $1,299 for current BDA members: https://www.boulderdigitalarts.com/training/details.php?offering=395 In this five-day intensive certificate program (held weekly on Sundays, 9am-5pm, for 5 weeks), you will gain real-world skills and knowledge in all the key areas of UI/UX design. This class will focus on the user-centered design process with emphasis on user research, information architecture, interaction design, and usability testing. Students will work on a web or mobile project of their choice and will create artifacts including personas, user/task flows, sketches, and wireframes that can be added to a UX portfolio. Our UI/UX Design certificate program will assist you on your path to becoming a skilled and marketable user experience designer. UX is critical to the success of any website or mobile app and, in today's environment, often the key competitive advantage. As such, people with these skills are in high demand in a rapidly growing industry. During this five-session course, you'll build your user experience skills through a combination of lectures, hands-on learning, and guided practice time, and apply those skills to the planning, design, and testing of your own in-class project. Whether you're an aspiring UXer, a graphic designer looking to add UX skills, or a product manager, developer, or entrepreneur who would like to build better products, this course is the perfect introduction to practical, tactical UX. During this course, you will: Learn how to think and solve problems like a UX designer. Gain practical experience and skills in each phase of the UX design process. Apply the UX design process to your own personal project and create project artifacts that can be added to your portfolio. Collaborate with other students on projects like a real-world UX team. Learn how to design a compelling resume and UX portfolio. Learn about the UX profession and receive UX career coaching. What this course WILL NOT cover: Coding for the web or generating an actual website or mobile app. Intermediate or advanced techniques in UX prototyping tools or Adobe products. Complete Schedule: Sunday, July 19,[masked]AM - 5PM Sunday, July 26,[masked]AM - 5PM Sunday, August 2,[masked]AM - 5PM Sunday, August 9,[masked]AM - 5PM Sunday, August 16,[masked]AM - 5PM To receive the Zoom link, as well as to see many more details about this class, please go to the Boulder Digital Arts website; the cost is only $1,399 for this live, instructor-led workshop, and $1,299 for current BDA members: https://www.boulderdigitalarts.com/training/details.php?offering=395

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