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Louis F.

(Graphic/Product/UX) Design Software & Methodology Tutor

Atlanta, GA (30312)

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Howdy my name is Louis F. I hail from Montgomery, AL... I spent 6 years in Savannah GA at the Savannah College of Art and Design. At SCAD I graduated Cum laude with a BFA Industrial Design, and throughout my 4 years as an undergraduate I was a constant facilitator. I wanted to lead and learn at the same time, which is what helped shape my philosophy today. I would tutor students (my peers) in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign because while we had to execute with the software, SCAD never made it specifically part of the curriculum.

After graduating I took a year to work in Savannah at The Creative Approach, an innovative local print shop (if you are a SCAD student, this is where you went to print). I worked as a graphic designer as well I served as floor print staff. This is where I really got the chance to pass on my knowledge and years of educational experience. Presenting your work is not what most art and design student are prepared for, because the objectives of a great presentation are outside the curriculum. I have been working to bridge that gap ever since, working with students whenever I can to show them how, to prep files for print, and for digital purposes.

In 2012 I started my MFA in Service Design at SCAD (charter class). I reached the halfway point, and began writing my thesis. I decided to move to Atlanta because I wanted to experience a new/different professional perspective.

I live in grant park with my beautiful fiancé, who teaches pre k at a Reggio Emilia based Cooperative School. My teaching skills are derived from my experience as a student and a professional. As a designer you must understand you are always a student, every single day a unique context is presented as clients have varying needs and backgrounds.

I have worked with Tyler Perry Studios on a major motion picture (set design/graphics/signage/3D), so my horizons as a designer are very broad, but my philosophy is focused. I'm working as a User Experience/Service Designer & Strategist. Which means I take on projects from their inception with the client, and I get to know the stakeholders firsthand. Co Creation (working together to create) is the most vital tool and skill for great design, because no one can give you greater insight, than the client who knows their field.

My final point is that, through co creation I am teaching a communication skill to the client, while I am absorbing his expertise in their field. There is always room to learn, don't feel as though you must know a subject before you take the class. Fail early and Fail often, because that means you aren't afraid of growth through criticism. Also failure means in the end, you have success in order to consider anything a failure.

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Louis’s subjects

Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, General Computer, Graphic Design, Macintosh, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Photography, Web Design
Adobe Photoshop, Art Theory , Graphic Design, Photography
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Corporate Training:
General Computer, Microsoft Word, Web Design

Adobe InDesign

I have used InDesign for 10 years now, starting when I was 16. I taught myself Indesign, then when I was in yearbook, I tutored the students/teachers involved. At the Savannah College of Art and Design, I set out to show students that InDesign is meant for print presentation and or interactive digital presentation. You should never ever complete anything in Illustrator and submit it for print unless its just a vector shape. Photoshop is for manipulating photos and other elements which, in the end, should be linked to Indesign. In graduate school, I taught English as a Second Language students to use InDesign while working at The Creative Approach in Savannah. This is where all SCAD students and local businesses come for graphic and print services. Needless to say, I gave countless lessons on formatting files, posters, saddle stitching, perfect binding, handling post script files. The most important take away is that packaging a file is the most beautiful sight in the world.

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Savannah College of Art and Design (Industrial Design)

Savannah College of Art and Design (Master's)

Very knowledgeable and patient with me Louis was very patient with me in the process of teaching me how to use InDesign in combination with Photoshop and Illustrator. I have a lot to learn but he quickly realized that he had to start with the basics and build from there. The result was that by the end of our session I understood how to lay out a page in InDesign, so that I can now complete the assignment that he was helping me with. Th ...

— Stacy from Atlanta, GA on 8/7/14);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

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Louis will travel within 20 miles of Atlanta, GA 30312.

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