We like to keep things fresh - especially our donuts, but also our courses. Check out what the winter brings:
Design and Development for WordPress: Beyond the Blog
WordPress is a popular tool for designers and developers alike that has grown from an open source blog application to a powerful and extendable publishing platform. Modifying existing themes and creating custom ones can facilitate rapid development of dynamic websites with stunning graphic design. In this project-based course, you will design and develop a dynamic website utilizing WordPress as a CMS. Taught by Michael J. Newman, designer who has developed and created original content, brand identities, interactive experiences, and creative solutions for such companies as AT&T, Sundance Channel, Vh1, Nickelodeon, and IFC, for over 12 years. Read more about the course here and here and go to Michael's site here.
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User Experience Research
Today's designers must satisfy the needs of multiple constituents, including clients, colleagues, and, especially, end-users. The ultimate goal of experience research is to inform design decisions that meet the critical needs of constituents. User research helps assess gaps in an existing experience, discover design opportunities, refine concepts and strategy, and test the creative/design execution. Taught by Christopher Korintus, Experience Research + Analytics, Sapient Interactive. Read more about UE jobs here and see an example of Chris' work here.
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Cradle to Cradle: Closed Loop Systems
In this course, students aim to design like nature, finding inspiration in natural cycles where "trash" and "waste" are nonexistent and, where instead, everything has a continuous purpose. Instruction studies industrial-age systems, such as extraction, manufacturing, assembly, disassembly, and packaging, and explores ways in which these systems can be sustainable. Taught by Kevin O'Donnell, Co-Founder, thread collaborative, a sustainable design, resource, and strategy company dedicated to innovative green strategies to achieve sustainable building development. Mr. O'Connell has worked in the retail industry for over fifteen years, championing cutting-edge design, integrated architecture and decor, and brand development. Check out Kevin's company here.
Enroll in Cradle to Cradle with Reg# V5018B