Workshop 3 Day 1

Photo of Students

Students meet on the lawn to prepare for their client interview. Photo by Stu Estler

Today we gathered together, students from Guatemala City, Honduras, and Santiago Atitlan, and began getting to know each other through a little game. The volunteers presented examples of their work so the kids knew where they were coming from. Then we introduced the project – a small local hospital wanting to produce a diabetes health campaign. The format of every Design4Kids workshop begins with meeting a client and learning what their communication needs are, and ends with presenting a design solution on the last day of the workshop. In between we develop creative ideas and produce the artwork. The best part about it is that the kids do all the work!

We finished the day writing up the questions for the clients and if we hadn’t have stopped them, they would have kept working for hours. Below are the kids impressions from the first day of the workshop.

It’s great because we’re learning to work together as teams with kids from Guatemala City along with kids from Santiago Atitlán and to work with real clients.

Its great because, especially coming from the city, we don’t normally get to have the kind of specialized expertise that we get in these workshops.

It’s a great opportunity not only to learn tricks and techniques but to work with new people not always from the same group. As human beings we’re not always going to work with the same people in life so it’s good to learn to work together.

Besides learning the graphic design skills, we are learning about a disease that could affect us. Many of us have relatives who have diabetes but we don’t know how it affects them.

I’m new to Fotokids so for me I’m happy for the opportunity to learn what graphic design is, how to inspire others with it, and how to practice it.

I’ve had the privilege to be in all three Design4Kids workshops, and have learned a lot. In the start I knew nothing. I’m not saying that I know everything, but I now know a little bit about a lot of things. To me it’s a great to see how you can use graphic design to help other people, like what we’re doing now, helping people to take better care of their health.


5 Responses

  1. Greetings from Seattle!
    What a great photo and terrific beginning to this third D4K Workshop. I’m so disappointed I’m unable to be with you in person. Please know that I’m definitely there with you in spirit.
    Write-up of the first afternoon’s effort was terrific! I especially enjoyed impressions from the “kids.” Having had the pleasure of working with them in prior workshops, it was to read Gaby and Josefa’s comments.
    Here’s to a terrifically successful workshop! I will be following your progress each day.

    Hugs to each of you —

    Warmest regards,

    • Catalina, you are missed in more ways than I can possibly express my dear sister, marketing professional, and fellow Design4Kids volunteer. Everyone has asked about you. Without fail each was quite disappointed when I told them you were not here. Love you sis’.

      • El Jefe – Thanks for your kind reply. I’m thrilled to learn the meeting with the hospital went well. I am in such anticipation to see what the “kids” come up with for the hospital. You’re right! What a feeling … to make a positive contribution to improve public health.

        Each of you rock! Please give my regards and great big hugs to Nancy, Bree, Josefa, Gaby … and perhaps you could get one of the girls to hug Abdias, David and Werner for me.

        I am thinking about you and wishing I were there.

        Much love,

  2. This is a great cause and so happy to hear that your client is also for a wonderful cause! ¡buena suerte a todos! i cant wait to see the amazing work you all will do!

    • Thanks Hazel, Yes we went out to the Hospitalito today and they are doing some great work. Apparently diabetes is an unusually big problem here. It’s pretty cool to be able to work on a communication campaign that could help improve public health. Stay tuned to see what the kids come up with.

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