Workshop: TECH-TYPE-HIGH with Santiago Piedrafita

Workshop: TECH-TYPE-HIGH with Santiago Piedrafita

Saturday, May 5 • 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. • $50

Open to grades 9–12

High school students will engage hands-on with computer technologies, to shape typography (fonts + language); graphics (visual content + form); and design overall (graphic design + communications). Computers, projectors, printers, digital cameras, and phones (why not?), will be used as a starting point to build and execute design experiments over the course of a productive day. Workshop content will be organized into 2 main categories; one to address “bitmaps” (digital photo imagery, pattern/ texture graphics, etc.), and a second to cover “vector” forms (digital postscript geometries and typography). Building-block files created under these two categories will then be used as key ingredients towards finished designs projects.

Santiago Piedrafita is Head of the Department of Graphic Design and Industrial Design at North Carolina State University. Previously, Piedrafita chaired the Design Department at Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). Piedrafita served as senior designer in the Walker Art Center’s design department. At the Walker, he designed and maintained a diverse array of communications materials, publications and exhibitions for the museum’s multidisciplinary departments. In New York, Piedrafita worked in studios such as the Museum of Modern Art’s in-house design department, J. Abbott Miller’s Design/ Writing/Research (then becoming part of Pentagram) and Chermayeff & Geismar, Inc. (now C&G Partners and Chermayeff & Geismar Studio). Piedrafita’s work has been featured in numerous publications including Eye, Graphis, Metropolis and I.D. magazines. He holds a master’s degree in communications design from Pratt Institute in New York and a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from ESDI, College of Industrial Design, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Saturday, May 5 • 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. • $50

Open to grades 9–12.

Limited space is available.

Advanced registration is required. Please download and complete the registration form and return to CAM Raleigh along with the registration fee of $50 (checks only, payable to “NC State University”). You may mail it to ATTN: Workshops / CAM Raleigh / 409 West Martin Street, Raleigh NC 27603 or drop it off at the front desk of the museum.

Workshops are filled on a first come, first served basis.

For questions about registration, please email or call 919.513.8153.

Download Registration Form/Info Sheet (PDF)

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*Note: On the difference between BITMAP and VECTOR (the two main types of computer graphic elements): BITMAPS, for short, are typically Photoshop images. This means that a bitmap image is made up of a grid of small squares called pixels, lego-like. VECTORS, on the other hand, are precise lines and curves that are mathematically created. Drawing software programs such as Illustrator are vector-based programs.

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