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Intro to Graphic Design

Are you interested in graphic design, but don’t know where to start? Join our no-cost 7-week, Intro to Graphic Design Workshop. You will learn all parts of the creative process from mood boarding and sketching through to the final design. Your workshop project will be to create a piece of graphic art that explores your Queens origin story. In other words, the moment or experience that cemented that you are from Queens and felt connected to this borough.


The workshop will culminate in a free storytelling-gallery event in Queens at the end of November. Designers will have their art displayed. You will have the option (not mandatory) to speak briefly about your art to the audience. Invite your friends, family and loved ones for a night of storytelling and art. You will leave that night with a free print of your design. 



The workshop covers the fundamentals of visual communication and explores topics such as color, typography, texture, hierarchy, balance, contrast, digital vs. print design and more. You will also learn to work with Adobe Illustrator to create your graphic art.



Sana Rodriguez-Majchrzyk (she/her/hers) is the Creative Director of Fail Better NYC. She is a Mexican-American designer, educator, and native New Yorker. She has six years of experience in print and digital 2D design, as well as web design. She is passionate about exploring the connection between design, education and social services.


We will be using Mac laptops to run Adobe Illustrator. If you would like to use your own laptop, please let us know when you apply. Any student who does not have access to a laptop will be provided one at no cost. Fail Better NYC will cover the cost of Adobe Illustrator for the duration of the course.



In the interest of keeping barriers of entry as low as possible, we have just one requirement for this workshop:​

  • Basic Computer Literacy

    • You must have a basic understanding of how computers work in order to take this workshop. You should be comfortable with using a mouse and keyboard, as well as opening and closing software.

How to Apply

Fill out our simple application to enter the lottery for this workshop.

Application Window:

Thursday, December 1st - Friday, February 10th at 11:59pm

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