Vector Art for Title 24

SVG Project Team: Levi Thompson (SVG Project Lead), Jasper Shumaker-Pruitt (MathML Project Lead), Oceana Rain Fields (Pinch Hitter), and webchickbot (Tutorials + Moral Support).

The Rural Design Collective will be improving the public domain and the accessibility of a vital document set by creating SVG renditions of the illustrations used in the California Building Codes. There are several hundred images in the collection and many are of sub-standard quality. We have structured the diagrams into four levels of difficulty and will hone our skills in our favorite vector art programs as we improve the art. Proper techniques and efficient production habits will be stressed throughout this track and tutorials will be released post-program based on our workflow so others can benefit from what we learn in the program.

Production Schedule – Last update 08/06/11
NOTE: This schedule is a framework to keep #rdcHQ focused on learning and meeting deliverables. It is updated to reflect weekly progress each meetup.
June 13 – Open RDC Planning Session (Production Schedule Draft) → (About SVG / SVG Spec / SVG Mobile)
June 16 – Introduction to Title 24 Project / Software Upgrades / Production Methodologies / Meetup Post: #rdcHQ SVG Meetup
June 23 – EASY – Vector Art Basics (Overview of Available Tools / FLOSS) / Meetup Post: Inkscape Introduction
June 30 – EASY – Vector Art Basics (Overview of features of Available Tools) / Meetup Post: Save Early and Save Often
July 7 – MEDIUM – Production Methodology / Typographic Controls and Layers / Simple Schematics / Meetup Post: Typography 101 and Layers
July 14 – MEDIUM – Building and Using Graphic Libraries / Meetup Post: Building Graphic Libraries
July 21 – MEDIUM – Patterns and Blends / Maintaining Visual Consistency / Meetup Post: Patterns and Tiles and Blends! Oh, My!
July 28 – MEDIUM – Leveraging the Internet for Source Material / Meetup Post: Pattern Recognition + Extra Credit
Aug 4 – HARD – Preparing Production Ready Art with Open Source Tools / Meetup Post: Copy Right
Aug 11 – HARD – Working with Paths Effectively / Meetup Post: Viewing The Source + Improving The Art
Aug 18 – HARD – Tutorial Track Breakout Session / Meetup Post: SVG Meetup + RDC Launch Party!
Aug 25 – EXPERT – Tutorial Track Breakout Session / Meetup Post: Post-Production Begins!
Sept 1 – POST-PRODUCTION – Building Complex Maps and Schematics / Metadata Cross-Referencing (Post-Production continues through 2011)
Sept 3Rural Design Collective Launch Party … Continued progress documented at The Mother of All ToDo Lists