This fall, McGraw DLL offers eight multimedia workshops. Examining workflows and processes underpinning creative projects such as posters, podcasts, or videos, these workshops engage the question “How do I do that?” Our instructors are student staff, DLL Specialists, who draw from their experiences recording and editing audio, designing posters, making web apps, crafting film projects, and building portfolios. Joining these students are two University staff members, Christian Lambert from the School of Architecture, and Nick Donnoli, from the Office of Communications, who have graciously offered to “lift the veil” on their creative process when producing photographs and video features for the University.

All students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend. Registration is required. Please follow R.S.V.P links below to register for each event.

Create Better Photographs

Monday, November 13, 7-9 p.m.

Great photographs are crafted through deliberate capture and careful editing. This session begins with an overview of camera basics then zooms-in to the photo editing tools in Adobe Lightroom. Photographers of any skill level or style are welcome to attend.

Instructor: Christian Lambert, School of Architecture


Edit a Video

Thursday, November 16, 7-9 p.m.

Want to make a video? This introductory session on video editing unravels the threads and layers of a short video to explore how Adobe Premiere’s powerful editing tools can help you build your story. No prior video editing experience needed.

Instructor: Nick Donnoli, Office of Communications


Make a Podcast

Monday, November 20, 7-9 p.m.

Podcasts combine voice recordings with music and sound effects to create vivid narratives. Learn how to record and edit audio in GarageBand, find sound effects and soundtrack material, and layer these elements together for dramatic effect. No prior audio editing experience needed.

Instructors: Jessica Zhou ‘19, Preeta Acharya ‘20, and Tom Robbins ’19


Design a Poster

Thursday, November 30, 7-9 p.m.

Build a poster using Adobe InDesign’s templates and professional layout tools, with custom graphic elements you create in Adobe Illustrator. No prior graphic design experience needed.

Instructor: Dimitris Ntaras ‘21


Your Visual Story: The Art of Making a Portfolio/Personal Website

Sunday, December 3, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Congratulations, you’ve created a body of work you’re proud of! Now to make a portfolio that tells the world what you’re about. In this non-technical workshop, we’ll go over portfolio site examples and best practices, work on exercises towards developing a visual vocabulary, and take an initial stab at shaping our own online presences! No coding required.

Instructor: Gabrielle Chen ‘18


Make a Web App (from Scratch)

Monday, December 4, 7-9 p.m.

Tiger Menus began with an idea and a Python library, and now gets 500 unique views each day. Learn how to build your own web app from scratch. No prior coding experience needed.

Instructor: Alex Xu ‘19


Storytelling through (1-minute) Video

Friday, December 8, 7-9 p.m.

What is your narrative? This workshop explores how stories are told through narrative filmmaking. We will watch 60-second shorts, break down what makes them successful, and create our own 60-second narratives using Adobe Premiere! No prior video editing experience required.

Instructors: Melanie Ho ‘18, Mariah Wilson ‘18, and Sebastian Cox ‘18

Rclone: Managing media on cloud drives

Monday, December 11, 7-9 p.m.

This workshop teaches students how to use Rclone for cloud sync and backup, and how to mount a network drive on a virtual machine and link it to the host OS.

Instructor: Baran Çimen ‘20