Interactive Designer Level 1 Workshop

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Monday, May 12th to Friday, May 16th

The greatest certainty facing the publishing industry is change. There are many graphic designers and artists who are eager to create interactive graphics in this changing world but have not had the time or resources to build those skills. The first II workshop is custom-tailored to equip graphic designers who want to create interactive infographics using HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript (jQuery).

This intensive, five day, project-based learning environment, taught by top professionals and UNC professors will teach both technical skills and how to design for an interactive user experience. Be inspired by the special presentations from professionals from NBC, The Washington Post and Digital First Media. Participants will be immersed in the languages, tools and concepts of interactive design all while on the beautiful campus of UNC Chapel Hill.

Each day students will produce publishable work that builds on each day’s concepts culminating in a large-scale interactive graphic project.

 See last years projects

Skills Learned:

  • Designing for the Web
  • Responsive Design (Bootstrap Framework)
  • Basics of HTML5
  • Basics of CSS3
  • Implementing jQuery
  • User Feedback (quizes)
  • Multimedia presentation
  • Eye tracking and Usability testing


wilson_andrews Wilson Andrews is a graphics editor focused on interactive graphics and new forms of digital storytelling at the New York Times. Before, he was a graphics editor at the Washington Post where he helped lead graphics and design for the 2012 election and many investigative projects and feature stories. Wilson has taught digital storytelling courses at Northwestern University and the University of Maryland. He graduated from the School of Journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009. Wilson’s work has been recognized by the Society for News Design, the Emmy Awards and Malofiej.
photo Elizabeth Shell is a data journalist, creative multimedia producer, designer and interactive web developer for PBS News Hour. She uses data and code to present and tell stories in various mediums for broad audiences. She was a Carnegie-Knight Fellow at Arizona State University where she earned her masters degree in Multimedia Journalism.
Steven King UNC Chapel Hill jSchool The Washington Post Steven King is a professor of multimedia and interactive journalism at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He is an award-winning journalist and former editor of innovations and director of video for The Washington Post. He currently writes and publishes Innovative Interactivity and is pioneering the future of non-touch, gesture-based interfaces for news and information.

Registration Information

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The 2014 Interactive Designer Workshop will be held from Monday, May 12th to Friday, May 16th.

The workshop is sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and all sessions are taught in state-of-the-art labs in Carroll Hall on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Tuition is $1,475, which includes instruction with industry leaders, use of a dedicated Mac workstation, access to industry-standard software, lunch daily and the opening breakfast.

The workshop is limited to the first 20 participants. If the workshop is oversubscribed you can be placed on a waitlist. If there are any cancellations we will contact subscribers in order of the waitlist.

Cancellations will be refunded the full amount of registration, less a $100 administrative fee, only if the seat can be filled. If the seat cannot be filled the whole registration amount is forfeited.

For registration questions, please email Michael Penny or call 919-843-2573.

Participant Expectations

Each participant is expected to be comfortable using a Mac, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. You should also have some experience in design and/or layout.

You do NOT need to have any experience with programing/coding prior to the class. Everything will be taught at an introductory level but expect to move quickly as this is an intensive working workshop.

We provide the Mac computers but you might want to bring a flash drive or hard drive to archive your work at the end of the week.

Lunch will be provided.



For those attending from out-of-town we recommend reservations at The Carolina Inn or The Residence Inn Chapel Hill.

BOOKED: The Carolina Inn  |  211 Pittsboro Street  |  Chapel Hill  |  NC 27516
Hotel Reservations: 1-800-962-8519
The Carolina Inn is a three-minute walk from Carroll Hall, where the bootcamp will take place.

1001 South Hamilton Road · Chapel Hill, NC 27517 · Phone: 919-932-7772 ·
Hotel Reservations: 866-716-8143
Special reservation link: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/schoolofjournalism

This hotel offers a shuttle bus that you can use for transport to and from the bootcamp.  This should be arranged directly with the hotel.


If you are driving, daily parking is available in local lots for a fee.  The cheapest option is $6/day at the Municipal Parking Lot, directions for which can be found here.  Other Town of Chapel Hill lots can be found nearby.  These lots are a five- to ten-minute walk from Carroll Hall, where the bootcamp is held.  There is no parking available on campus.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), a 20-minute drive from UNC-Chapel Hill, offers non-stop flights to 36 domestic and international destinations on ten major airlines. A taxi can be taken from the RDU airport directly to campus.

If you are driving from RDU to UNC-Chapel Hill, exit the airport and join I-40 West.  Follow the directions towards Chapel Hill/UNC Chapel Hill.  Detailed directions to Carroll Hall can be found here.