MAX 2011 and pre-MAX sessions such as the full-day Education Summit gave educators many opportunities to learn from the industry, from Adobe and from each other.

The room fills up quickly as doors open for the first keynote
The room fills up quickly as doors open for the first keynote

Having been a teacher in Higher Ed for 20+ years, it’s natural for me to look at events like MAX with an educator’s eye. This is a perspective I hope I never lose, to be honest.

While MAX is a great networking occasion for professional designers and developers, it also gives teachers a chance to some important networking as well. They have the opportunity not only to learn new tips and techniques, but to talk to the people working in the industry, learning what skills are used, and what ones may be lacking. I think this is invaluable information; gaining this knowledge can help immensely when planning new courses, or updating existing ones to be more relevant. Read the rest of this entry »

Update: I’ve fleshed out this post and it’s now on CommunityMX as a more detailed – and free – article.

 

In the wonderful world of web design, there are two main graphic camps – Fireworks users and Photoshop users. This post isn’t so much about the different camps – there’s tons of articles out there on that topic – but more so on the reality that sometimes – maybe even often – a designer either has to work with both applications, or has to prep artwork to go from Fireworks to Photoshop. Read the rest of this entry »

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