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Icon Workshop at Burke High School (2014)

Written by
Joe Sparano
July 6, 2014

Our format is adapted from The Noun Project‘s Iconathons, where designers concept a set of icons around a single theme (ours is high school). In five 1-hour sessions, each student designs and vectorizes an icon for an issue that’s important to them.

Building from the lessons we learned last year, we expanded the curriculum (adding more specific goals, more concept sketching, and more collaboration), added a 5th day (at students’ request!) and invited Nicholas Petersen to share some Illustrator techniques.

Although these students are interested in design, it’s likely the first time they’ve followed the design process so intentionally. As a teaching tool, icons are a fantastic way to explore that process — nuanced enough to show how each step is important, but so (deliberately) simple that students aren’t distracted by details.

More importantly, this workshop provides some perspective on their future. If they’re considering a design career, we hope we’ve given them some valuable information in making that decision.

Thanks to Chris, Leonardo, Courtney (who all returned from last year), Jayme, Brianna, Andi, Rob, and Briana for caring enough to be there. And special thanks to Burke design teacher Mr. Nguyen for making it happen.

If you’re a high school design teacher and would like AIGA Nebraska to host a icon workshop at your school, let us know.

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