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Jacci Howard Bear

From the Olympics to the Classroom

By August 30, 2012

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August was a busy month with the Olympics, Back to School lessons, handwriting, ampersands, a Publisher tutorial, and more. Let's recap what's new or improved:

At the very end of July and the first week or two of August I posted three Olympics posters. Not from the 2012 London Games but from past Olympics. It started with the art nouveau style of 1912 then there was the first appearance of the Olympic rings logo in an official poster (1928). The 1932 poster featured a 3D texture done through sculpture and photography, not Photoshop magic.

For some fun I put up a new gallery of ampersand styles. There are some styles you may not have seen before that could be incorporated into graphics, logos, and illustrations in fun ways. Look for new additions in the coming months. And for a software tutorial I turned to Publisher 2010 and created a cute peek-a-boo greeting card.

Three new sections have been added to the niche topics of desktop publishing. Explore the role of desktop publishing, design tips, and software advice for doing signage, publications (like books), and self-publishing.

There's more...

Cursive Handwriting in the US
Not just for teachers and history buffs, digging into cursive handwriting is relevant to desktop publishing too. You'll learn why (and discover or rediscover some great fonts) in this series on handwriting. There's a special section devoted specifically to the lovely strokes of Spencerian Script as well.

Desktop Publishing Lesson Plans
You don't have to be in school to use these lesson plans. Follow them as a self-paced learning tool and to create material for your portfolio. But for teachers, these 6 lessons plans use brochures, business cards, and resumes to make learning desktop publishing or history or social studies or literature or other subjects more fun.

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