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Adobe Illustrator Basics Web Site

AutoCAD Tutorial #1 (PDF 1.29 MB)

GIS Courses
Register for free online GIS software training, offered by ESRI, Inc. This free software training is available to ALL Students, Faculty, and Staff with a @uic.edu e-mail address.

Managing Photographs of Urban Spaces, includes Adobe Photoshop Tutorials

HTML Basics for Planners

See Also: Berkeley's AutoCad, Photoshop, and Illustrator Plan Preparation Studio Tutorials

Presentations
2 hours
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How to CAVE
Display Technologies

 

 

How to CAVE
How to Cave is an introduction to the CAVE and Virtual Reality at UIC. Overview of the processes involved to create an urban simulation and introduction to the online manual.

Online Manual

Display Technologies
This presentation explores the technological advancements in display devices such as the Geo Wall and JuxtaView, a tool designed specifically for scalable tiled displays to visualize extremely high-resolution images developed in the EVL at UIC. Other display technologies discussed include touch screens, stereoscopic imaging systems, and desktop VR.

Seminars
2 -5 Hours
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Basics of E-Government
Visualizing Information
Managing & Presenting Data

 

 

Basics of E-Government
An overview and close look at some of the top ten internet technologies used by government including: websites, email newsletters, web mapping, visualization, planning support systems, technology for public participation, content management systems, permitting and zoning systems, handheld devices, online education, and e-commerce.

Visualizing Information
Explores how information can be presented visually on the internet and provides a broad understanding of the visualization of different types of information. This seminar focuses on basic concepts of design to clarify abstractions and communicate salient relationships of statistical data.

GIS Courses
Register for free online GIS software training, offered by ESRI, Inc. This free software training is available to ALL Students, Faculty, and Staff with a @uic.edu e-mail address.

Managing and Presenting Data
Learn how to manipulate and present data clearly, become familiar with software to visualize data relations, and cognitive theories supporting the appropriate representation of information.

Visualizing Data

Labs
10 hours
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Managing Photographs
Drawing Vector Graphics
HTML Basics
HTML Advanced
Graphics and the Web
Internet Tools

 

 

Managing Photographs of Urban Spaces
Learn how to enhance, catalog, and manipulate photographs to communicate concepts.

Managing Photographs of Urban Spaces, includes Adobe Photoshop Tutorials

Drawing Vector Graphics
Learn the difference between vector and raster graphics, work in Adobe Illustrator to create high quality, print-ready contextual plans, elevations, and maps.

Adobe Illustrator Basics Web Site
AutoCAD Tutorial #1 (PDF 1.29 MB)

HTML Basics
Think conceptually about the internet and learn how to cross index information for searching. Introduction to HTML, File Transfer Protocol, and Style Sheets to meet Section 508 standards.
Format and post information online using Macromedia Dreamweaver.

HTML Basics for Planners

Graphics and the Web
Learn how to properly mount maps, multimedia, and graphics online without relying on Acrobat PDF's. Professional formatting and presentation techniques with an emphasis on appropriate file sizes and image formats for the web.

Internet Tools
Overview of open-source software available for anyone to use for free. Learn how to take advantage of free software such as Community Bulletin Boards, Content Management Systems, and Online Polling to promote collaborative sessions.

Courses
12 weeks
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Graphic Design: Presentation
Graphic Design: Methods
Place Making
Interface & Information Architecture
Urban Information Systems
Databases

 

 

Graphic Design: Presentation Methodology
The basic principles of graphic design and layout are easy to learn but difficult to apply. Learning the principles of aesthetics will help students to create visually strong presentations and documents that can be read and interpreted with little effort. Understanding the human processes in which information is interpreted will help planners to communicate with non-planners.

Graphic Design: Methods & Software
Many planners create maps for public consumption. Geographic Information Systems is the most recognized map-making software package but not the easiest to learn. While many municipalities struggle to convert paper into GIS map layers, planners must resort to other methods to render two-dimensional space. This course will instruct planners on how to use Adobe Illustrator to create high quality, print ready land-use maps.

Place Making: Exploring the Interactive Interface in Planning Practice
Utilizing information and multimedia technologies to explore the relationships of the urban environment and the use of technology to facilitate meaningful interaction with the built environment. Students will be encouraged to create online communities and build interactive historiographies.

Interface and Information Architecture: How to Think and Communicate Visually
A dd an interface to planning documents by creating web pages that visually support the concept. Learn how to organize the structure of a document, an argument, or an idea by creating supportive information architecture for visual thinking. Internet interfaces and web page usability as well as techniques to facilitate communication will be explored in depth.

Urban Information Systems: Technology to Encourage Community Participation
This course will discuss current technology engaging community audiences. A detailed analysis of each methodology, the pros and cons of each system, and the outcomes will be analyzed. Students will break into groups and conceptually create an Urban Information System. By the end of the course, the best system will be constructed by the instructor for CUPPA students to use in their projects beyond the course.

Databases: Concepts and Practical Use
Many people know a database stores information but do not know exactly how this is done or how to capitalize on the benefits of storing data into a database. This course will discuss the concepts of databases, visually interpret how databases work, and explore different database software with an emphasis on application. This course will not instruct planners how to build databases from scratch, but rather teach planners how to do the following:

· Learn when a database should be used, its capabilities and constraints
· Identify the necessary data
· Visually construct a structure for the data
· Organize how the data will be queried (the specific inputs and outputs)
· Learn how to communicate with a database developer to construct a database
· Input real data into a MySQL database and format the results


  This material © UIC Board of Trustees, College of Urban Planning & Public Affairs, GCUDV
  This tentative course curriculum has been prepared by Crystal Wilson.
 

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