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Infographics or Logos Using Basic Shape Building in Adobe Illustrator

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Linda Dickeson  
Why infographics? Visuals are known to improve learning by 400%! In this workshop, learn how to create and modify vector objects in Adobe Illustrator. Participants will create simple original shapes and combine them to create infographic icons or logos, and customize downloaded vector icons for use in original creations.

Audience: Teachers, Curriculum/district specialists, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees should have a Windows or Mac laptop with Adobe Illustrator (any Creative Cloud version) installed. A mouse with the laptop would be helpful.
Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Career and technical education, Performing/visual arts
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of the session is to promote creativity and motive new ways of thinking about visual information, infographics and logos. When teachers or students transform textual information into visual artifacts, the information is processed much faster and more is retained. As a result of attending the workshop, participants will be able to
-take complex information and simplify it for use in an infographic
-understand the difference between vector and raster images
-create modify vector shapes
-use type effectively
-download free vector images and modify them for use
-replicate the workshop activities with students
-access online tutorials for additional skill building


Using hands-on instructor-led activitie, participants will learn to create infographic icons and understand properties of vector-based objects using this outline:
1. Session introduction, including how the workshop will be conducted, what will be learned, and “get to know the attendees” activity (10 min)
2. Key terminology of image types (raster and vector) with examples (5 min)
3. Intro to Illustrator workspace—including navigation, artboards and non-printing tools (rulers, grids, guides) (5 min)
4. Learn and practice shape tools—including widget modifiers, how to arrange and group (20 min)
5. Practice fill and stroke options, using the Swatches and Color Picker (5 min)
6. Create a simple infographic icon with basic shapes and the Shape Builder Tool (15 min)
7. Explore free infographic vector icons at (10 min)
8. Use Sample file provided to practice editing and personalizing vector icons from, including adding text (15 min)
9. Closure and summary (5 min)

Supporting research

Shelley, Ryan. “Are Infographics Still Effective?” Shelley Media Arts, 12 Apr. 2017,
“Visual Marketing: A Picture's Worth 60,000 Words.” Business 2 Community, Business 2 Community, 16 Jan. 2015,
Adobe. “Adobe State of Create: 2016.” Adobe State of Create: 2016, 3 Oct. 2016,
Infographic World. “Report—The State of Infographics.” The State of Infographics, 2017,

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Linda Dickeson, Lincoln Public District Office

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