To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit: it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse. To design is to transform prose into poetry.
Yes. Some of the materials are available. Logos and Icons can be downloaded from this page. Original, digital artwork for posters and handouts can be provided to organizations that have signed a “Notice of Intent” or a “Memorandum of Understanding” with The “I Love U Guys” Foundation.
Our digital design experience dates way back to 1984 with LinoType systems, then in 1988 Macintosh computers using Illustrator 88, Photoshop Version 1, and QuarkXPress. We've been using graphic applications ever since. But, from 2009 to 2015 The Foundation primarily used Mac OS X, Pages version 4.3 - iWork ’09, for page layout. It was just precise enough to get the job done. With El Capitan, Apple broke hyphenation in Pages 4.x and Pages 5.x lost some required capabilities. That began the saga of finding a replacement. A saga occasionally punctuated with a combination of cursing and weeping salty tears of despair.
We initially looked at Adobe InDesign for page layout and produced some materials. The showstopper with InDesign was its screen rendering. It's ugly and jaggy and left us cursing and weeping.
Today, most of our page layout is done in QuarkXPress. It has been a total delight to go back to a page layout application that feels like home. For vector-based graphics we use AutoDesk Graphic, Affinity Designer, and sometimes Adobe Illustrator. They all write and read both .pdf and .ai files. For bitmap graphics we use Pixelmator, Affinity Photo, and sometimes Adobe Photoshop. They all write and read .psd files. We are trying to ween ourselves off the Adobe Cloud subscription.
What that means is that we are in a bit of a transition. Until we get through the next generation of materials, our formats are all over the map. While occasionally crufty, it works for us because we have all of the software. We acknowledge that many organizations may not have either the platforms or the software to utilize the source documents we make available. Keep in mind there are a number of applications that can edit the PDFs directly.
No. Retaining the graphic integrity of the materials proved beyond our capabilities using Microsoft Word.
Yes. The “Notice of Intent” and the “Memorandum of Understanding” are Word documents. There are exceptions to everything.
Sigh. Again, retaining the graphic integrity of the materials proved beyond our capabilities using Microsoft Word.
Most of the single page documents are available. For the larger documents, like our guidance docs, we need to have a conversation. We've worked with a number of umbrella organizations to customize the materials for their members, sectors or regions.
It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work.
It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
Icons are available in multiple formats.
Vector PDFs are available for page layout.
High-res PNG for inclusion on the web or in Microsoft Word.
Logos are available in both positive and reverse formats
Because July doesn't work well for everyone, we are holding a shorter version of The Briefings in the Winter.
This 2-day symposium will open on Thursday, Feb. 7 with a day of keynote presentations by nationally-recognized school safety practitioners. This is followed by a full-day Standard Response Protocol and Standard Reunification Method (SRP and SRM) workshop on Friday, Feb. 8. The expected outcome is that participants will have the ability to perform classroom training in the Standard Response Protocol, implement the program, train other trainers, and handle advanced questions.
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This 3.5 day Symposium examines lessons learned from traumatic events and reveals new, preemptive school safety measures growing in multiple realms. The Symposium is designed to provide a number of takeaways that districts, departments and agencies can implement immediately. This is not open to the public, and attendees will be asked to show an agency or organization I.D. upon check-in.
Law enforcement, school personnel, victim advocates, mental health professionals, emergency and risk management staff, school safety teams and all first responders.
Presenters include school administrators, law enforcement, criminal justice and school security administrators who have been involved in the response and recovery to school violence and other events.Find Out More