Software Workshops at the Digital Learning Lab

Future Software Workshops  

AutoCAD-Advanced

The advanced AutoCAD workshop is aimed at improving drawing efficiency and sparing needless labor. The first half of the session will introduce tips and shortcuts that will greatly reduce drawing time and avoid redundant commands. Then, we will look at ways of organizing objects and layers to make drawings cleaner and easier to work with. Finally, we will learn about the plot and line-weight settings, as well as how to deal with exterior images and references, so that most of the time, students can plot final materials directly from AutoCAD, without exporting to and editing in Adobe Illustrator.

AutoCAD-Beginner

In the AutoCAD Beginner Workshop, students will familiarize themselves with necessary drawing tools and ways of editing drawn objects in AutoCAD. Then, students will learn how to create other necessary elements in drawings (hatch, text, annotation, etc.), and how to increase drawing efficiency (block, group, etc.). We will also get to know the basic general, snap, layer, and property settings in AutoCAD. By the end of the session, students will be able to complete an architectural drawing.

Illustrator-Advanced

In the Advanced Adobe InDesign workshop, students will bring in their own projects to discuss and troubleshoot individual challenges. We will go over more advanced settings to streamline your workflow for importing drawings, managing text settings, and setting up master pages. Following the workshop students will have a working knowledge of InDesign to enable creativity on any project. Students should bring an InDesign project that they'd like to discuss in the workshop.

Illustrator-Beginner

In this Beginner's Adobe Illustrator Workshop, students will create a short portfolio layout to learn the basics of Illustrator. We will go over the tools to set up a new project, how to create image and text content, and how to export the design for screen or printing. Following the workshop, students should feel comfortable setting up a new Illustrator project for a portfolio, presentation board, resume or slideshow. The instructor will provide content for the students to use in the tutorial project. 

InDesign-Advanced

In the Advanced Adobe InDesign workshop, students will bring in their own projects to discuss and troubleshoot individual challenges. We will go over more advanced settings to streamline your workflow for importing drawings, managing text settings, and setting up master pages. Following the workshop students will have a working knowledge of InDesign to enable creativity on any project. Students should bring an InDesign project that they'd like to discuss in the workshop.  

InDesign-Beginner

In this Beginner’s Adobe InDesign Workshop, students will create a short portfolio layout to learn the basics of InDesign. We will go over the tools to set up a new project, how to create image and text content, and how to export the design for screen or printing. Following the workshop, students should feel comfortable setting up a new InDesign project for a portfolio, presentation board, resume or slideshow. The instructor will provide content for the students to use in the tutorial project.

Photoshop-Advanced

For Architecture designers, the essential purpose of using image processing software like Photoshop is to help better deliver their design ideas through drawings. This Advanced Photoshop Workshop is a practice-oriented class to help students learn how to efficiently approach certain representational graphics using mixed tools in Photoshop. At the beginning of this class, students will be given a raw image and its final representational drawing. The class will go through the process of how to turn the raw image into a beautiful and compelling one. At the end of this class, students should be able to create a drawing close to the given sample image if following each step of the tutor. However, a self-inventional approach is also encouraged as it is even better to develop one’s own graphic language than to follow existing ones.

Instructor Bio:  Lixing (Ivy) Feng is a second-year graduate student in M.Arch II program. She originally majored in Urban Planning and later transferred to Architecture. She worked in SOM New York from 2014-2015. You can view her portfolio here: https://issuu.com/ivyfeng/docs/school_project_of_ivy_issuu_b10caff38bdcae

Photoshop-Beginner

Photoshop is a powerful design software with a wealth of tools that can seem overwhelming for beginners. To help those who are new to Photoshop learn the basics , this Beginner’s Photoshop Workshop is an introduction to the collection of the most commonly used Photoshop tools and functions for making architectural drawings. At the end of this class, the most important skill students need to grasp is to establish their own good operation habit. Only by logically operating the complex of Photoshop tools can one discover its power in producing compelling graphics. Meanwhile, by going over the tool icons and its parallel shortcuts, this class encourage students to master the Photoshop shortcuts and thus become much more efficient in making drawings.

Rhino-Advanced

During this Advanced Rhino workshop, students will work to create both curved and orthogonal furniture pieces by Osamu Noguchi using 2D and 3D tools. By the end of this session, students will learn how to model complex curves in clean and efficient ways. Students will also learn how to 3D scan an object into Rhino space and prepare the object for laser cutting. By the end of this session, you will learn the principles behind Meshes and NURBS surfaces, as well as contouring tools for laser cutting. Students will need to download a free version of 123D Catch app on their phones before the start of class.

Rhino-Beginner

During this Beginner’s Rhino Workshop, students will work to recreate Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House. By the end of this session, you will be able to import existing plans, sections, and elevations of the house into Rhino and translate them into 3D using 2D and 3D tools. PDFs of the plans, sections, and elevations of the house to registered students before the start of class so they can follow along with the same drawings.