- Networking / Virtual Happy Hour
Summer happy hour! Let's talk about how we've been surviving in the design world with collaboration tools in a pandemic. What's worked well for you? What were the #fails? Have you discovered anything that would help us all work more effectively -- or relax better? How do you stay in touch with your colleagues, friends, and families? Pour yourself a drink and let's get to know each other better. This is a casual, no-pressure happy hour sponsored by our friends on the Adobe XD team. See you then! https://hopin.to/events/kc-networking-party
- Join our virtual photowalk—and big giveaway!
We will conduct our photowalk differently this year. Instead of gathering together and then shooting pictures, we are asking you to shoot pictures now and we will share them when we come together—two weeks later than our usual meeting date. The choice of subjects or themes is up to you. If you want to assign yourself a theme such as isolation, that's great, but if it's just "I went on a photo walk in mid-April because I was stir crazy," that's cool, too. When you RSVP, we will send you a link that you can post your pictures to. We will ask you to limit your submissions to 10 pictures, but up until the day of the event, you can swap out the 10 pictures that you submit. When we get together, we will go through the pictures together. Everyone who posts pictures will receive an additional raffle ticket when we have our drawing for the free year of Creative Cloud. We ask that the photos you submit were shot since the shelter-in-place orders were instituted. Remember, you must be present on meeting night, and you must have attended at least one other meeting since January, in order to be eligible for the Creative Cloud prize. We hope to see everyone's smiling faces on June 16th!
- Adobe XD and Your Projects: Let's Dive In!
Adobe XD is one of the highest-ranking tools in our group's "what would you like to learn?" survey. You've clearly indicated that it's either (a) very mysterious and you want to get your feet wet, or (b) an incredible tool that can help you with your daily work, and you need to learn some tips and tricks. Adobe says, "Adobe XD is the all-in-one UX/UI solution for designing websites, mobile apps, and more." Wherever you fall on the spectrum, we've got you covered this month with a virtual live presentation by Julie Masalska, who's based in Denver. CO. Julia is a designer and educator, known for her entrepreneurial spirit and her willingness to share her knowledge in branding, packaging and the use of Adobe tools. Since 2018, she has been a guest and host on Adobe Live (www.be.net/live) working across the Adobe programs. In 2020 she became an XD instructor and is now bringing XD closer to the world. Besides her work with Adobe, Julia is hosting her own educational YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmuWU8GEBoRNun7hse03u1w?view_as=subscriber) and building an international design community on her Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/justanothersunnygirl/). Julia is passionate about helping people transition careers and bringing them closer to design. She's graciously agreed to present to our group and we're so lucky to have her in the driver's seat for our May meeting! Julia will help you get oriented as a beginner, or advance your skills if you're already working with XD. We'll talk about similarities between some of the tools in XD and their counterparts in InDesign and Illustrator. This is a live course, driven by your feedback -- we'll have some early polling questions in the Zoom meeting to determine everyone's appetite for different topics and she will teach based on those answers. Our thanks to Paul Bunyar for connecting us with Julia! Our Zoom room can handle 100 people, so invite your friends!
- Using InDesign GREP in a Pandemic with Erica Gamet
Have you heard of GREP, but the name sends you running for the hills? Always wanted to dabble but were afraid of getting hooked? Have no idea what GREP is and what it has to do with InDesign? No matter how you answered, Erica Gamet’s “GREP in InDesign” session is for you! She’ll show you that using GREP can actually be fun and magical… so much so that she calls it “Unicorns and Rainbows!” Erica will demonstrate the beauty of GREP by finding patterns of text, then formatting that text with very little effort. You’ll be amazed how much this misunderstood tool can speed up production of your InDesign files. Erica Gamet has been involved in the graphics industry for over 30 years. She is a speaker, writer, trainer, and content creator focusing on the Adobe InDesign ecosystem, Apple Keynote, and varied production topics. She is a regular presence at CreativePro Week’s InDesign Conference, and speaks frequently at Canada’s ebookcraft and Making Design in Oslo, Norway. Find Erica online at the InDesignSecrets YouTube channel, CreativeLive.com and through her own YouTube channel. When she isn’t at her computer…oh, let’s be honest, she’s always at her computer. ERICA’S INFO: http://www.youtube.com/ericagamet http://www.ericagamet.com/about-me/ Twitter/IG: @ericagamet
- Design for Size: Making large-format design work for you
You asked for this topic, so we're bringing it to you in March! Joe Duffy of NextPage will present on the topic of Large Format Printing. How do you create a vehicle wrap design? What about that funky trade show booth your client wants? Joe will talk about all things BIG: how to create files your output house will love, how to avoid putting that vehicle's sliding door in the exact wrong place within your logo, how to think creatively about large-format work and what to expect when you take on this type of work. Everything's more fun when you get to see it in GIANT SIZE. There will be plenty of time for Q&A. Come and be prepared to learn something new!
- Premiere 101: Video for Designers
WE HEARD YOUR CRIES FOR HELP. When we asked our designers' group what Adobe product they wanted to learn most in 2020, the message was clear: PREMIERE PRO! Video is becoming a larger part of our design work every day, and it's nothing to be intimidated by. In this session, Buck Sommerkamp and John Yuelkenbeck will walk you through the things you need, as a designer, to organize your project and create a basic video in Premiere. No plug-ins, no add-ons, just the awesomeness of what comes with Premiere Pro 2020 right out of the box! There's no need to be afraid of Premiere Pro's interface! We'll show you how to add music, graphics, and basic motion to your Premiere project so you understand how it all fits together from importing raw assets to exporting your final project.
- Online meeting: KCDesignCore 2020 Planning Jam!
We'll meet online to plan our calendar for the year. Now is the time to bring us your perfect vision for the next year! - What things would you like to learn in 2020? - What are the newest skills and topics we should cover? - What programs have you seen but have no clue how to use? - Which speakers are your favorites? - Where should we do our photowalk? Bring your best list and meet us here...online...and earn a raffle ticket for the upcoming June CC giveaway. See you then! Curl up in your PJs, bring something warm in a mug, and we'll talk. If you have a VOIP setup, you can use your mic and headphones. If you just want to chat in the chat window and listen to the rest of us, that works, too. Thanks for helping make 2020 another great success for our group! Feel free to put suggestions in the comments section before the meeting. The link to the Adobe Connect site is here: http://experts.adobeconnect.com/kcdesigncore2020/ See comments for how to test your connection in advance.
- KCDesignCore December meeting: Potluck dinner, demo night, BIG giveaway!
Let's relax and have show and tell! Our annual potluck and demo night in December gives everyone the chance to see others' work and to have the chance to win valuable prizes! We will spend the evening sharing a potluck dinner, seeing what everyone's been up to during the past year, and exploring new tools and techniques with Creative Cloud. This is our "annual demo night" and it also gives us the chance to give away a complete year's subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud to one lucky winner. When you RSVP, tell us what food you're bringing, and, if you'd like to demo, what you're willing to show and tell. Here's how to get more chances to win... • Just by showing up, you'll receive a raffle ticket. • Having earned one for each meeting you've attended since June, those raffle tickets will be added to the pile. • If you bring at least one food item for the potluck, you'll receive an additional raffle ticket. • If you give a demo of something you've worked on, are currently learning, or just want to show off a technique or tool you've discovered, you'll receive an additional raffle ticket. Demos are limited to 10 minutes. • If you want to buy an additional raffle ticket, they are $10 each and the funds will be used to help pay Meetup costs for the group ($180/year) plus incidental expenses. This is always a fun meeting, and gives us the chance to look up from our computers and see what else is going on around us. Come prepared to eat, have fun, and win prizes! See you there!
- November Meeting: Adobe MAX Report!
Our November meeting is all about Adobe MAX 2019. Buck and Joanna will be bringing you our eyewitness report, including new product launches, important software updates, vendors that impressed us, tips and tricks we learned, what the future looks like -- and, inevitably, what we saw at Sneaks this year that scared us. Please note that the meeting is not on our usual night, so that Buck and Joanna can actually attend MAX before reporting! RSVP if you are coming, and keep it up to date, so that Jim can get the right amount of Firehouse Subs. We'll see you then!
- Fall résumé and portfolio tuneup
Suzanne Wolff and Heather Freund from Landajob will be our guests in October to help you supercharge your resume and portfolio. They will offer a presentation about do's and dont's in this business. What exactly are you looking for? What do clients want? What impresses them? Graphics jobs have changed so much over the years; what is needed in the current climate? After the presentation they will answer your questions and even listen to your horror stories about other recruiters. People will be encouraged to bring their updated resume and links to Behance -- or their laptop with portfolio -- to visit with Landajob. It doesn't mean you're looking for a job, but really...aren't we always? Buck and John will bring equipment to do some LinkedIn/social profile head shots. We did this a few years ago at a KCDesignCore meeting and it was highly successful. Come enjoy a relaxing, network-with-each-other evening!