How to use this website.
This website was designed to supplement the 2.009 product development class at MIT. It has tutorials to teach a 'crash course' in Adobe Illustrator. Students in 2.009 are very busy, so these tutorials only teach essential skills that will aide in the creation of professional looking projects geared at the 2.009 milestones.
If you are new to Adobe Illustrator you should start by going through the lessons and experimenting with the tools taught. The projects section has explanations and videos of how to make projects that will work towards class milestones. For further study, you should refer to the useful links section of the website.
Why use Illustrator?
Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based graphics editor. This means that the data is not saved as individual pixels as in a bitmap based graphics editor like Adobe Photoshop. This makes it a better choice for projects like creating fonts, logos, page layout, cartoons, etc, where Photoshop is better for photo retouching and processing, photorealistic illustrations, collage, etc.