In the previous post, we talked about using Fireworks to create multiple application icons for an Android device, and then how to take those multiple icons and export them out as individual flat files.

In this post, we’ll look at how to batch process those images into three different sizes, and how to automate that process for future work. The original icons were created quite large – 244 pixels square, to be exact. This made it easy to be very detailed when creating the look of the icons. And while this is useful from and editing and creative perspective, the project requires three sets of smaller dimension icons for an Android application.  Well, Fireworks excels at this type of workflow and produces very small files to boot. Read the rest of this entry »

My first session at D2WC was Wireframing/Prototyping for Mobile using Adobe Fireworks and I was so pleased to see a very full room of attendees. Even happier to note that many were not current Fireworks users.

Yes, I did say happy. The reason is simple. I want people to know what they’re missing out on. :-) Read the rest of this entry »

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D2W Conference

In about 2 weeks just over a week, I’ll be visiting Kansas City for the first time, to present a couple sessions on Adobe Fireworks workflow and – even more important – hook up with many friends in the web design community at the D2W conference. This is D2W’s second year and by all accounts it’s going to be great. The range of high profile presenters, the incredibly affordable conference price and the networking opportunities make this an event not to be missed by anyone in this industry.

I’m looking forward to co-presenting with my good friend Tom Green as we walk through the workflow process used to create an interactive application based on our camping trips near Lake Superior. We’ll go from site map to wireframe to storyboards to prototyping and finally a sample of the interactive application.

Update: Tom and I have been promoted to GENERAL SESSION status! W00t! Next we’ll be touring the country as the Tom and Jim Roadshow.

My own session will be focused on using Fireworks for mobile design and development. In my opinion, Adobe Fireworks is still the top dog for producing screen-based graphics, be they for desktop, web or mobile applications. It’s easy to learn but deceptively powerful. And it can save you time (something we all need more of in this day and age).

If you’re considering the event but haven’t bought your ticket yet, hit me up for a speaker discount code. I’ll be happy to oblige!

I hope to see you there.

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D2W Conference

D2W is a designer/developer mobile workflow conference, it’s goal being to improve communication and share workflow ideas between designers and application developers. Now in it’s second year, it’s definitely gaining in popularity and has attracted a great range of presenters, including yours truly.

If you book the conference before April 1, 2011, you’ll receive a $95 Early Bird discount on conference registration.That’s right, until April 1, the conference fee is only $200! After April 1, the registration fee increases to $295 (still a great deal), so you’re saving practically 30% by confirming by the end of March.

And if you’re looking for more in-depth sessions, D2W has them as well:

These hands-on sessions will run on Thursday July 14 as a pre-cursor to the conference, which begins on Friday. What a great way to whet the digital appetite!

So if you’re a digital professional and you’re hankering for a fantastic way to network and learn at the same time, reserve yourself a spot at D2W this July.

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D2W Conference

W00t! Happy to say I’ve been accepted as a speaker at the upcoming D2W Conference in Kansas City. I’ll be talking about using Adobe Fireworks to wireframe and prototype mobile applications and web sites. It will be my first conference of the year, and I’m very excited to hook up with friends and make new ones. D2W is a designer/developer mobile workflow conference, it’s goal being to improve communication and share workflow ideas between designers and application developers. This is the second year for D2W.

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