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Alumna Runs a Graphic Design Workshop

Two alumni talk with masks on in front of a computer

Dajana Brnada (YES 2019-2020, Bosnia and Herzegovina, placed by PAX in Olympia, WA) first learned about graphic design and photography during her YES exchange year and recognized its value with regards to sharing project ideas, inviting people to events, and spreading important messages. When she returned to Bosnia and Herzegovina, she was inspired to share this newfound passion with her local community, so she organized a Graphic Design Workshop at the American Corner in Zenica. The goal of the workshop was to teach the basics of graphic design to high school students and inspire them to pursue graphic design as a hobby or even as a career path.

The workshop took place from April 3 to May 8, 2021. Eldar Rebihic, a freelance graphic designer, served as a trainer for the workshop, assisting Dajana in organizing sessions for the ten participants. The workshop consisted of six classes, which covered topics such as an introduction to graphic design, typography, branding, and logo design. Participants worked in pairs to design a logo for their fictitious business. Participants also learned software programs, such as Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape, and about photo retouching, postcard design, image manipulation and editing in Adobe Photoshop, and the GIMP Image Manipulation Program.

Following the completion of the course, participants were able to comfortably use Adobe programs, such as Photoshop and Illustrator. They left the lessons with a better understanding of branding with potential customers in mind and tools that will help them pursue a career in graphic design in the future.