Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Project 2: Type Poster

For this project you will create a poster for a typeface of your choice. The orientation and proportions of the poster are open. We will address both sides of the poster and consider it not only in it’s flat hanging display, but also the way which it would be folded for distribution.

Your poster must contain the following:


1) An abstract interpretation of the typeface


1) A written description of the typeface and the forms that make it unique from other typefaces (approximately one paragraph).

2) The historical aspects of the typeface and it’s role in design history (approximately two paragraphs).

3) A brief history of the designer, and if appropriate some examples
of their design work (approximately two paragraphs).

4) A quote from the designer.

5) Five images that reflect either objects that abstractly represent characteristics of the typeface, or images that reflect the time that the type was created – this can include historical photography. A photo of the designer should also be incorporated.

6) A full alphabet containing all letters in both uppercase and lowercase, symbols can be used as well – you can determine what symbols should be included.


Begin with researching and writing the history section of the poster – information about the typeface and the designer. Begin creating your grid. Your grid should contain at least five columns but can be more complex if you choose. Do not use the default columns and margins established by InDesign or Illustrator. Think about the grid in relationship to the typeface and it’s scale and proportions as well as the characteristics. Begin collecting imagery to use for your poster. Your images must be 300dpi at the size you want to use them.

Wednesday, September 27
Sketch(es) for the back of the type poster – we are no longer starting with the front. You can work with one version or two if that is more comfortable. These should be computer sketches. If you need to put greek text in figure out the rough amount of paragraphs you will need and use that for your reference. I would recommend that you work in black and white for this first draft. Also make sure you include all of the elements described on the initial project assignment. Print a copy of the poster on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet or 11 x 17 (preferable, tiling is ok). You might want to print two copies so that we can see the back folded and flat (one copy is all that is required however). If you haven't given me the draft of your history please do so by this class. This is a draft, not a final version.

Wednesday, October 4
Revisions to the back of the poster shown in class. In class work-time. Rough concepts for the front of the poster, sketches not needed just some ideas for your direction.

Wednesday, October 11
Sketch(es) for the front of the type poster. Print as you did the initial version. I don't recommend that you print full-size work or do full-size tiling at this point unless you feel you need to.

Wednesday, October 18
Revisions to the front of the poster. Bring both the front and the back of the poster so we can look at them as a set.

Wednesday, October 25
Tentative completion date of project. Subject to change of course.


Please follow all of the deadlines I have given unless we make changes in class. In order for you to complete the project on time you will need to follow the timeline.


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