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 »

I just discovered a site that links to a great deal of Fireworks tutorials and was pleased to see that many of my videos are on the list! Pretty cool if I do say so myself.

Spinelink appears to be a listing of tutorials that feature Adobe products. It seems pretty new as a site, but already has a comprehensive list across the Adobe family. This could become a great go-to site for teachers, students and professionals.

Today my latest tutorial went live on CMX. It focuses on the advantages of Fireworks Button symbols, how to create them and how to edit them. And because design doesn’t exist in a vacuum, the article also covers how to use various tools in fireworks to create the custom artwork for the symbol, as well as how to expand an existing prototype design to  hold this new content. I packed a lot into this piece, so if you want to learn more about Button symbols (and Fireworks in general) be sure to drop by Community MX and check it out.

Teaching is an awesome calling. Not a job. A calling. And while there are surely days when I’d rather be doing anything else, there are far more days when I realize how lucky I am to be a teacher.

Today was one of those days – not so much for a specific teaching moment (heck it is Sunday) but because of something I read.

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Well I’ve wrapped up another one. I’ve been writing a series of tutorials on Adobe Fireworks symbols for Community MX, and this marks the 3rd of four to be completed. This latest tutorial focuses on Button symbols. What they are, how to make ‘em, edit ‘em and why you need ‘em. It will most likely go live early this week so check it out if you’re of a mind.

Here’s a teaser:

Fireworks Symbols and Why They Are So @$#$!! Cool – Part 3

In the second segment of this series, you gained more practice creating and editing symbols. You got the chance to see first hand how to work with 9-slice guides in a symbol. You also turned a high-resolution bitmap image into a non-degrading, scalable symbol. On top of all that, you added some structure to the original page and added interactivity in the form of hyperlinks to both pages.

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Written on February 20th, 2011 , Adobe, Adobe Fireworks, CommunityMX, Education, Teaching Tags: , , , ,

If you are using Adobe products in your curriculum (or for yourself) please check out the Adobe Education Exchange. It contains a continually growing list of resources and curriculum from educators across the globe, including some from yours truly.

Currently there are over 1,500 resources and more than 5,000 members. Resources include tutorials, course outlines, lesson plans and modules, tips and techniques, even sample files.

To visit the exchange, go to:

You will need to create an Adobe ID to get to the curriculum, but getting an Adobe ID is free and well worth the few minutes it takes to sign up.

Written on February 17th, 2011 , Adobe, Adobe Fireworks, Education, Learning, Teaching Tags: , , , ,

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