Free Arduino Meetup!

Flickr - BobSimon

This free meetup will be hosted by our Arduino expert Russ, who also teaches our Arduino classes at Workshop 88.

At this casual meetup we’ll hang out and discuss the Arduino. Including but not limited to, what we’d like to learn, our project ideas, tips & tricks, etc…

Hope to see you there!

You can RSVP on our Meetup group here.

Beginning knitting class

Diagonal Washclothes

Learn the basics of knitting in a couple of hours.  This class will cover casting yarn onto needles, the knit stitch, the purl stitch and binding off your project. Most beginning knitting classes start with a scarf. We’re going to start with a dishcloth. Supplies provided will include needles and yarn for the project.

T-Shirt wall art

Like a lot of guys my age, I’m a T-shirt guy. Funny ones, clever ones, geeky ones, and just plain cool ones. And I’m not the type to buy them at a normal brick an mortar shop. I prefer to find quirky and orignial designs on the web at places like Woot and Owl Movement.

Most of the shirts I get end up being limited runs, so when they reach the end of their life a little early, via stains or tears, there just isn’t any way to replace them. I’m also the kind of guy who hates to throw things out, and I just can’t bring myself to throw out art, which is what these shirts really are. So, it hit me, as long as the print on the shirt was in good condition, I can turn my shirts into wall art. Continue reading

Hackers In The Pub!

SAVE THE DATE ON YOUR CALENDARS YOU GUYS!! Friday March 4th at 5:30PM marks the second “Hackers in the Pub” event for Workshop 88. We’ll be meeting up at Curly’s Bar & Grill in Downtown Glen Ellyn, the official bar of Workshop 88.

After some drinks and chatting at the pub we’ll walk down to the Workshop which is only a block away!

Be sure to bring your latest (small) project, or if it’s too big, just your enthusiasm for it. 😉

To RSVP goto the event on our meetup page.

Arduino 201 Cancelled, Arduino 101 Instead!

We’re calling off our Arduino 201 class due to low enrollment, and having an Arduino 101 class instead.

If the snowpocalypse deprived you of your Arduino 101 class a couple weeks ago, come on in Tuesday night for a make-up.

Arduino 101 will also be taught the first week of March, and Arduino 201 will be taught near the end of March.

Time: Tuesday, Feb 15 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Class – Typography on the Web

Helvetica, Arial, Georgia, Times New Roman, Tahoma, and a few other fonts have long been the standard for typography on the web; to a large extent, they always will be. Recently, though, web developers and typography lovers have been given new options to embed non-web-standard fonts in their websites.

Real typography is finally coming to the web! With technologies like Typekit gaining popularity, @font-face is becoming a more relevant and practical font-embedding technique for typography lovers. Techniques using sIFR, cufon, or other similar approaches are getting tossed to the wayside, but are still justifiably useable in some situations, too.

This class will go over these different methods of implementing non-web-standard fonts on the internet, and will leave you with the ability to determine which method best suits your needs, and the knowledge to implement it.

Resources: GitHub | Website

02/14 Meeting canceled

Steampunk Heart by chibilady17 via
For obvious reasons our Public Meeting, scheduled to occur on Monday, February 14, 2011 6:30 PM has been cancelled. We may be rescheduling this meeting for a later day in the week or the following week.

Keep your eyes peeled, and enjoy your Valentines Day!

UPDATE: We’ve shifted the meeting schedule by one week to accommodate. Our meetings will resume our normal every other week schedule starting on the 21st of Febuary. Our Meetup and Eventbrite calendars have been adjusted to reflect this change.

Practical Photography class


ƅethan @flickr - My Konica & Me

William is teaching his Practical photography class again! Last time it was offered it was a huge hit! It will cost $15 and you’ll need to bring your own camera. The class will start at Workshop 88 at 6:30pm on Thursday, February 10th.

Intro to Electronics

photo by Windell Oskay on flickr

Workshop 88’s Kevin Roof will be hosting an “Intro to electronics” class. Come out and start learning the basics of resistors, capacitors, transistors, diodes and basic circuits. In this class you will build an LED throwie which conserves battery power by turning off during the day.

This class will consist of five main sections including:

Series of tubes:

Identifying components
Reading circuit diagrams

Identifying values
Ohm’s Law
Parallel and Series

How they work
Using them as a switch

Building your LED throwie!

Twitter: @Workshop88

Make a musical instrument workshop

Cigar box guitar

Learn how to make a musical instrument from materials you can get a the hardware store. We will briefly cover some of the basic ideas needed to successfully design and build a tuned musical instrument. Then we’ll get our hands dirty and build something musical which you can take with you.