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FINDING FONTS

& TACKLING TECH

Westside offers insight on its techy, tasteful, award-winning Conference booth

Braidyn

“We went through a couple backgrounds before we found the one we wanted. And after that, I was trying to find the font that I wanted. We downloaded quite a few fonts.”

Tyler

“For technology, we just thought about what we really needed. We didn’t take as much as we’d originally planned.”

Jonathan

“We did what we knew we had time for that would be our best options.”

Chapman

“I think having the booth up in our room for a long time helped a lot. Because every day when you walk in, you would see something different. Students who weren’t even going to Conference would walk in and say, what about this?”

Braidyn

“We had business cards that used the theme, brochures with the same color blue and our project posters. While someone else worked on those, I made sure it would all go together.”

Chapman

“I think they did a great job of dividing the work up and everybody doing

their own job with a cohesive plan. Everybody knew what the aesthetic was and what the end product needed to look like.”

Jonathan

“About two weeks before Conference, one of the light strips stopped working halfway down, so, while we could still use it, we had to figure out how to hide the rest of it under the backdrop.”

Braidyn

“Seeing it at Conference, my face just lit up. I stood there thinking, ‘I’d never touched Photoshop before in my life, and I did that!’ I literally wanted to cry.”

Chapman

“That was the amazing thing about doing this. There was no way Braidyn would have learned all about Photoshop if I had just given her some random assignment. This was ultimate project-based learning.”

Braidyn

“I don’t think anyone realized how good it looked until it was around other booths. I think ours looked really sophisticated, and it looked like we’d put time and effort into it, which we did… And when they announced the winner as Westside High, I jumped up and screamed. I was crying while walking up to the stage. I was like, what did we…? How did we...? I couldn’t form words.”

Jonathan

“I think we realized it’s not about having the most technology. All we had was four light strips and a computer. It was about quality, not quantity.”

Chapman

“I think the way the winner is chosen [by text voting live at Conference] is really exciting. Because students know what is in an EAST classroom and what equipment we have access to. And they know how hard it is to use that stuff. So I think that’s a really huge compliment.”

Braidyn

“Our inspiration was Tron Legacy, and I think it worked out very well, because we definitely left our legacy at EAST Conference.” SPRING 2017 | EAST QUARTERLY

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Spring 2017 EQ  

The quarterly magazine of the EAST Initiative.

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