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Project You: A Graphic Design and Photographic Design Workshop

Mark Rutledge • Photography, Graphic Design

Students are led through a series of photo and graphic design assignments that help them create a movie size poster about who they are and what makes them different. The project is essentially a 2-part workshop; one in photography and the use of Photoshop, and the other in layout and design using Illustrator.  Students will develop writing skills, portrait photography and lighting, basic design principles, and colour theory.

Grade Suitability6-8
Maximum Class SizeClass size
Time Required10 hours class time (spread across 5 days), plus 1 hour prep
Material RequiredComputer lab, Adobe CC software
Material CostPrinting costs of completed posters
Language of InstructionEnglish

Mark Rutledge

Mark Rutledge, CGD™ is one of Canada’s design leaders with deep roots and experience designing for North America's Indigenous communities and organizations. He is currently the Lead Designer at Animikii, Inc., working with many Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations helping First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities. He has helped design websites for The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, New Journeys, and Indian Horse, the movie. He has also created branding and visual identities for Primary Colours, Turtle Island Institute, EntrepreNorth, and many others.

Mark is the first Indigenous designer elected as National President of the Graphic Designers of Canada, a first in the organization's 65-year history. He is a proud Ojibwa from the Little Grand Rapids First Nation who lives and works in Whitehorse, Yukon on the traditional territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta'an Kwäch'än Council.

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