1 Week Down, 9 To Go

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The journey has begun, and there’s no turning back.

Week one DESIGNATION – Amaranth Cohort is over. But no one is celebrating just yet. There’s still so much more to do, learn, build and design.

After the first official night of classes (details here), the week kicked off with an impromptu app design session. It began with the class brainstorming ideas for a new mobile app, then collectively voted to decide their favorite.

The winner: ChicagoIn, an app to help Chicagoans find music, food, and art events throughout the year.

The students were then asked to design a logo, a landing page and a mobile interface for the app, and will be finishing up their designs this week.

We had a great first class with JJ Lee, our visual design and branding instructor, who talked about the history and importance of graphic design, and how it can be used to strengthen your brand.

Then we had a great class with front-end development instructor Chris Smith, who showed us how truly powerful the internet can be with a discussion of a few truly incredible sites, some of which he personally worked on.

We also had a chance to Skype with Ethan Marcotte, a designer who’s widely recognized as the innovator behind the responsive design movement. More than just your typical lecture, students had a chance to ask him a few questions about the industry, where it was, where it’s going, and the best way for designers to make their mark on it.

All in all, it was a great week, and it’s only going to get better.

Check out a few photos we snapped of all the action, and let us know what you want to see more of in the comments!

Work mode: engaged.

Work mode: engaged.

Andrew and Amulya discussing the finer points of the webcam.

Andrew and Amulya discussing the finer points of the webcam.

Skype session with designer Ethan Marcotte, founder of responsive design!

Skype session with designer Ethan Marcotte, founder of responsive design!

Mmm... Interesting...

Mmm… Interesting…

And a worthy goal at that.

And a worthy goal at that.

Will and Aaron hopping on "Wait, how do I CSS?" train.

Will and Aaron hopping on the, “Wait, how do I CSS?” train.

Hard at work during an afternoon lab session.

Afternoon lab session. Let’s do it.

Putting a 20 foot long mural in our entryway. No small feat.

Putting a 20 foot long mural in our entryway. No small feat.

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