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Yet by the end of the day, I had done the unthinkable.

 

Nope, I was not bestowed some miraculous tech powers, although I will note that Martin Perhiniak, the instructor must have some magical qualities. To teach not one but two skills so comprehensively in one day – in a way where the sessions stayed entertaining and did not become overwhelming. It was quite an experience.

 

We started the day with Adobe XD, which is used to design smart phone applications. We trialled it out by creating an app for hiking and camping. We designed the background, individual screens, added images and graphics which ease. Before we knew it we had ended up with a polished prototype that looked pretty impressive.

 

By the end of it, I was almost convinced that hiking is a good idea. Almost.

You can be on your app before you know it. Martin showed us how to connect our phones to the laptops, download the XD app and viola you had a prototype ready to test out on your phone. It was pretty fulfilling to see something we’d created already in such a format.

 

Responsive websites and parallax scrolling – confused already? It’s not as complicated as it sounds, well thanks to the course, it is almost second nature. The afternoon we spend on Adobe Muse, designing websites and Martin started off by launching into these simple, yet confusing-sounding features.

 

Responsive websites work so that if move the size of the browser around, or access it on different devices. The format does not cut off information, the images and text just re-align themselves to a different size so that it remains accessible. We did this by creating breaking points and pinning relevant information to parts of the page so it would not move.

 

Parallax scrolling is where by scrolling, different features appear at different times in order to create visual interest. It looks a hell of a lot more complicated to create than it actually is.

Through simple instructions, easy to use demonstrations and passionate teaching, I finally understood that all technology isn’t as terrifying as it could be. I guess all the functions in these adobe features made it a lot easier and could count as cheating, but hey learning them all in a day isn’t a walk in the park either.


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