Using Keynote instead of Adobe Illustrator

Although my students have access to Adobe Illustrator, it's often a frustratingly complicated tool that has a huge learning curve. So I decided to unleash my students' creativity using object editing tools in Keynote.

The first project we tried this with was a wayfinding (signage) project. The challenge was to design a sign for a viewing platform of a spaceport, with the extra challenge of making the sign readable for those who don't speak English. Here's one outstanding example:


grahphic sign for a spaceport
This was designe by my student, Ben Lauer.

Today, I gave my students an exercise to practice designing logos as they lead up to a larger, more formal corporate branding project. I gave a 10 minute demo, then let them go! I asked them to find a logo, then make a copy using Keynote. Not too shabby!


screenshot of a Padlet with colorful logo designs
some of the designs created by my intro graphic design class. It took them about 20 minutes to complete.
Lufthansa logos
Can you guess the original and the remake? Image by Sam Cato.


Image of NBC peacock logos
Love this rendition of the NBC logo by Isabelle Orkin.

Tagged in: Keynote, Creativity

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Posted on May 22, 2024

So beautiful Michael! Tell your students how impressive they are! Agree, Keynote certainly has grown into a wonderful and easy design tool. And I love your challenges! How fun and valuable to be in your class!

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