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David Karlins analyzes, writes about, teaches, and implements new developments in digital communication culture, design, and technology. His latest book is Adobe Illustrator CC For Dummies. I’ve used the book, and I had a chance to sit down for an afternoon with Professor Karlins to ask him about how Illustrator fits into the world of digital design, and how he approaches teaching Illustrator. I’m sharing the interview in four episodes.

Last time, we talked about the collaboration process behind his book, as well as the psychology of dealing with client feedback as a designer. …


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David Karlins explaining an infographic from his latest book: “Adobe Illustrator CC For Dummies”.

David Karlins analyzes, writes about, teaches, and implements new developments in digital communication culture, design, and technology. His latest book is Adobe Illustrator CC For Dummies. I’ve used the book, and I had a chance to sit down for an afternoon with Professor Karlins to ask him about how Illustrator fits into the world of digital design, and how he approaches teaching Illustrator. I’m sharing the interview in four episodes.

Last time, we talked about his process for learning Illustrator, as well as the clash between how-to print guides and online tutorials. …


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David Karlins explaining an infographic from his latest book: “Adobe Illustrator CC For Dummies”.

David Karlins analyzes, writes about, teaches, and implements new developments in digital communication culture, design, and technology. His latest book is Adobe Illustrator CC For Dummies. I’ve used the book, and I had a chance to sit down for an afternoon with Professor Karlins to ask him about how Illustrator fits into the world of digital design, and how he approaches teaching Illustrator. I’m sharing the interview in four episodes.

Last time, we talked about what separates artists from designers, and Illustrator’s role in fine art. …


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David Karlins explaining an infographic from his latest book: “Adobe Illustrator CC For Dummies”.

David Karlins analyzes, writes about, teaches, and implements new developments in digital communication culture, design, and technology. His latest book is Adobe Illustrator CC For Dummies. I’ve used the book, and I had a chance to sit down for an afternoon with Professor Karlins to ask him about how Illustrator fits into the world of digital design, and how he approaches teaching Illustrator. I’m sharing the interview in four episodes.

So you’re an experienced designer and have worked with a bunch of clients to design websites and illustrate graphics for them. You teach, currently, at New York University and in…


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Once, at my workplace, I was asked to clean up some floor plans using Adobe Illustrator. My experience with foundation drawings has always been in the context of programs like AutoCAD or pen-and-paper. This was the first time I had to use an illustration program for this. I’ve only ever used the program to create vector graphics for a poster, brochures, and infographics.

Knowing how to import non-native files into design software is such an important skillset. One of the files I was given was an image embedded into an Excel file. Importing it wasn’t difficult, but imagine having to…


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Photo by Alvaro Reyes on Unsplash

Last year, I attended a design boot camp program that was arranged by a major ad agency. The goal was to come up with a design pitch for a Halloween ad campaign in a matter of 3 days. While this timeline sounds reasonable on paper, generating a design with a bunch of people who you have never worked with before is challenging in a short timespan. At one point, I was so exhausted that I immediately fell asleep on my desk, which was cluttered with design books and reference guides.

However, the timeframe did help in giving us an urgency…

Han Chen

Graphic and web designer. Freelance writer. Loves technology, reading, and building things.

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