Workshop Series

KMDI/iSchool/Semaphore Workshop Series

**All workshops are eligible to KMD Collaborative Program students only**

Design Basics
This workshop explores the basic principles of graphic design as they apply in both academic and non-academic contexts. We will use paper-based methods to explore topics such as colour, type, contrast, balance and grid.
Instructor: ginger coons, PhD, Semaphore
Sept.24                  4:00 – 6:00pm
Oct.1                     4:00 – 6:00pm

Intro to Inkscape

This workshop provides an introduction to vector graphics and Inkscape, an open source vector graphics editor. Vector graphics are versatile, extensible and excellent for creating modifiable, large and cross-platform images. We will use Inkscape to create and explore vectors, covering some common use cases such as logo design, illustration and web applications.
Notes: bring your own laptop, download and install inkscape . No experience necessary.
Instructor: ginger coons, PhD, Semaphore
Sept.26                 10:00am – 12:00pm
Sept.28                 11:00am – 1:00pm

Intro to InDesign 
Adobe InDesign is an integral component of the Adobe Creative Suite and an application that touches many kinds of media. This industry-standard application functions wonderfully as a layout and publishing program for posters, brochures, newspapers, magazines, and books. It can be used alone or in conjunction with work created in other Adobe programs such as Illustrator and Photoshop.

Would you like your print product to look less like an essay and more like a dynamic visual aid? Adobe InDesign can help.

InDesign provides the flexibility of Photoshop, and the easy text manipulation of Illustrator with publishing and printing tools that make layouts easier to visualize and change.

InDesign allows you to drag in and place photos, illustrations, and materials from other programs to create interesting, compelling layouts, and correctly paginated materials for print.
This workshop will cover:

  • An overview of the InDesign toolbox
  • How to create a single or multi-page layout
  • How to import and use files from other sources
  • An overview of grid-based design, and font selection for various print purposes.
  • How to set bleed, trim and other printer’s marks in preparation for printing

Instructor: Gillian Goerz, Illustrator & Designer
Oct.21                   4:00 – 6:00pm
Oct.26                 12:00 – 2:00pm
Oct.26                   2:30 – 4:30pm

Intro to Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator is one of the most popular and effective vector-based applications in use today. This industry standard tool enables an information professional to create information graphics, charts, and illustrations for reports, publications, and presentations. Illustrator also is the cornerstone for many web or video presentations.
Do Microsoft Word’s built-in drawing tools not serve your communication needs? Adobe Illustrator might be the solution.
For an information professional’s print purposes, Illustrator is ideal for arranging text (i.e. resumes, presentations, and handouts). Illustrator is also ideal for the layout of text, shapes, and pictures to create posters, stationery, and graphs.
This workshop will review:

  • The main difference between vector files and raster files
  • An overview of Illustrator’s basic tools
  • How to create images – including charts/graphs
  • How to make PDF files for print and web

Instructor: Gillian Goerz, Illustrator & Designer
Oct.15                   4:00 – 6:00pm
Oct. 19                 12:00 – 2:00pm
Oct.19                   2:30 – 4:30pm


This workshop will be an introduction to movie editing with iMovie. It will cover the iMovie interface, and to some degree, related screen capturing software such as Quicktime and Camtasia. Bringing a computer (personal or borrowed) with iMovie installed is highly recommended.
In this workshop you will:

  • Learn how to import media (video, images, and sound) into iMovie
  • Experience navigating the iMovie editing interface
  • Use supplied stock footage to make a simple information literacy tutorial
  • Learn a few tricks

Important note: All participants must bring their own laptop with iMovie or borrow a MacBook from the Inforum

Instructor: Caleb Domsy, MI Student
Oct.6                      4:00 – 5:30pm
Oct.11                   12:30 – 2:00pm
Oct.19                   12:30 – 2:00pm
Oct.19                     2:30 – 4:00pm
Intro to Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop is a popular digital image-editing program. In this workshop, you will gain a basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop. At the end of this workshop you will become familiar with Photoshop’s layout, basic tools and features, and you will be able to make practical and creative image manipulations.

Instructor: Gillian Goerz, Illustrator & Designer
Oct.4                     12:00 – 2:00pm
Oct.6                     12:00 – 2:00pm
Oct.6                       2:30 – 4:30pm

3D Printing

This workshop is an introduction to 3D printing. The workshop will acquaint students with 3D printing techniques and provide hands-on 3D imaging sessions using SketchUp. The objective is to provide a better understanding of the possibilities and limitations of these new technologies in Critical Information Studies through the creation of a personalized take-home 3D print.

*This workshop was made possible by the combined efforts of KMDI, Semaphore, and Information Services.

NOTE: The cost of this workshop is $10 cash. Payment is given to the instructor and is made at the beginning of the workshop. Credit cards and cheques are not accepted and exact change is required. A receipt will be issued upon receipt of payment.

Instructor: Daniel Southwick, PhD Student, Semaphore
Sept.28                   12:00 – 3:00pm
Oct.18                     12:00 – 3:00pm
Oct.31                       9:00am – 12:00pm

Raspberry Pi Hack-a-Thon

This session will be a guided exploration rooted in hand-on Raspberry Pi activity. One part of the day will focus on how to set up and work with a Raspberry Pis, while the bulk of the session will be spent immersing participants in brainstorming and creative implementation through a guided hack around a specific theme.

NOTE: The cost of this workshop is $15 cash. Payment is given to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop. Credit cards and cheques are not accepted and exact change is required. A receipt will be issued upon receipt of payment.

Instructor: Adriana Ieraci, Adjunct MI Professor
Oct.26                   10:00am – 4:30pm

**All workshops were made possible by the combined efforts of KMDI, Information Services, and Semaphore **