MGD 105 Projects

Friday 5/6
Spring Final: Custom Typography Poster

Objective

You will need to showcase your typography knowledge to create a poster with a focus on typography. These posters will be designed in Photoshop or Illustrator, your choice. You can incorporate skills from both programs too. You will need to learn a new skill or technique for this project and be able to explain how you used this skill. 

 

Tutorials - Although you can use tutorials to grow skills, do not just complete a tutorial and turn that in for your project. You need to be creative and original on this project.
 

Project Steps

1. Create a 11x17” project in either Photoshop or Illustrator. 

2. Place your sketch into your project. Make sure to embed it if you are using Illustrator. 

 

Turn-In Directions

1. Save your Illustrator or Photoshop file as lastName_Poster.

2. Save your file as a jpg titled the same as above. If you are using Illustrator, use the setting below:

  • Select use Artboards

  • Color Mode: RGB

  • Quality: Maximum

  • Resolution: 300

3. Save any work completed outside of the main program you were using and upload those elements into a folder called “Resources”. For example, if you create a flower in Illustrator but bring it into Photoshop. 

4. Upload it all to your Poster folder. 

 

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Spring Final: Typography Poster and save it into your Poster folder. 

Monday 4/25
Character Silhouette 

Objective

You will be designing a character’s silhouette by using various words associated with that character by arranging words or saying that apply to your character. 

 

Project Steps

  1. Create a 11x17” AI file 

  2. Import and embed a reference photo of your character.

  3. Use the pen tool to create the silhouette of your character.

  4. Start to fill the interior of your design by rotating the words, but you can’t not distort them at all. 

  5. Consider how your font choice will impact your design. Multiple typefaces may be used. 

  6. Add a title considering how you are using hierarchy successfully. 

 

Turn-In Directions

1. Save your AI file as “lastName_character.ai”.

2. Export your file as a JPG by going to File>Export>Export As and changing the format to JPG. Make sure to check the Use Artboards box on the bottom left.

  • Color Model: RGB

  • Quality: 10

  • Resolution: 300

3. Upload both files to your Character folder. 

 

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Character and save it into your Character folder. 

Wednesday 3/16
Typography Landmark

Objective 

You will be creating a typography design just using letters. You will select an element from a city or place that represents that location. Your design will only consist of individual letters and you can’t warp, stretch or alter the letters at all. All you can do is resize them, rotate, or flip them. All you can do is resize them, rotate, flip, use kerning, tracking or leading.

 

Project Steps

  1. Create a 11x17 AI file 

  2. Import and embed your reference photo. Place this on its own layer.

  3. Only use one typeface to create your design.

 

Project Requirements

  1. Design must represent a location

  2. Only one typeface is used, but multiple fonts can be used. 

  3. Only letters that spell out the landmark can be used in your design.

  4. Letters can not be manipulated besides resizing them, rotate, flip, use kerning, tracking or leading. 

  5. Letters need to be black and background white

  6. You must include the location or building name and the typeface used. The same font should be used in the title, but you can use a contrasting font for the rest of the info.

 

Turn-In Directions

1. Save your AI file as “lastName_landmark.ai”.

2. Export your file as a JPG by going to File>Export>Export As and changing the format to JPG. Make sure to check the Use Artboards box on the bottom left.

  • Color Model: RGB

  • Quality: 10

  • Resolution: 300

3. Upload both files to your Landmark folder. 

 

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Landmark and save it into your Landmark folder. 

Friday 12/25
Ligature Logo

Objective

You will be creating a ligature logo design in Illustrator that will use your initials. This logo will be your personal logo for you. You can use whatever combination of letters in your initials that makes sense to you. You will start by importing an image of your sketch into your Illustrator to recreate your logo from. Remember, you are not using fonts to create these logos. You will be creating a unique logo. 

 

Project Steps

  1. Create a 8x8” AI file

  2. Import and embed sketches into Illustrator

  3. Start to recreate your sketch. Use the Sketching to Vector Instructions to better understand how you can do this if need be.

  4. Search online for Adobe Illustrator Text Tutorials to add effects and style to your designs. 

  5. Consider how you can use the Pathfinder Tool to combine letters so you are creating an original font. Push your skills and creativity. 

Project Requirements

1. Logos uses your initials and are in a ligature style

2. You create an original logo from your sketches and your sketches have a layer of their own. Your sketches will need to be embedded.  

 

Project Tips

 

Turn-in Directions

1. Leave all logos and sketches on layers that you can turn the visibility off.

2. Place your final logo on a layer with nothing else and enlarge it on the artboard. Balance the logo on the artboard to create a professional looking display.

3. Save your AI file as “lastName_ligatureLogo”.

4. Export your file as a JPG by going to File>Export>Export As and changing the format to JPG. Make sure to check the Use Artboards box on the bottom left.

  • Color Model: RGB

  • Quality: 10

  • Resolution: 300

5. Upload both files to your Final>Ligature Logo folder. 

 

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric -  Ligature Logo and save it into your Ligature Logo folder. 

Monday 1/31
Movie Poster

Objective

You will use your knowledge of typography to create an impactful typographic movie poster. Your design should have lots of white space so attention is really focused on the type. Consider how you can add simple vector shapes to compliment the typography. Use strong hierarchy so the image doesn’t overpower the type though. 

 

Project Steps

1. Create a new 11x17 Illustrator file.

2. Take time to select a font that will speak well to your movie theme. Download new fonts if needed. 

3. Use kerning, tracking, leading and manipulating the text to create an impactful title. 

4. Consider what vector elements you could add to the design. 

 

Project Requirements

1. Powerful white space is used

2. Typographic tools and skills are used

 

Turn-in Directions

1. Name your Illustrator file as “lastName_MoviePoster.ai”. 

2. Export your file as a JPG by going to File>Export>Export As and changing the format to JPG. Make sure to check the Use Artboards box on the bottom left.

  • Color Model: RGB

  • Quality: 10

  • Resolution: 300

3. Turn the two files into your Final>Movie Poster folder.

 

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Movie Poster and save it into your Movie Poster folder. 

Monday 1/10
Word Play

Objective

You will consider how fonts have emotions and how you can control those emotions by using kerning, tracking, and leading. You will be creating a series of 4 words that explores how the word can be represented by the image. The goal is to create a unique, yet simple way to communicate this. 

 

Project Steps

1. Create a new Illustrator file using the appropriate steps - Video Directions 

2.  Think of descriptive words that you can use to create an image from. 

3. Select a font that represents that word. For example, if you used Heavy, use a big, thick font. 

4. Play with the overall look of the font to show your creativity. Use kerning, tracking, leading and manipulating the text using skills like pathfinder, text outlines and text warp. We will review these again. 

5. Once you have completed your image, in small type put the name of the font and what tools you used to manipulate the image. Consider how you are using successful hierarchy.  

 

Project Help

Text Manipulation Tips

Video Inspiration

 

Project Requirements

1. AI Size - Four Artboards that are 8.5x8.5”

2. Four images created

3. Only black and white can be used

4. Simple shapes can be added that you create, but not images.

5. Name of the font and tools used should be listed small on the image. 

 

Turn-in Directions

1. Name your Illustrator file as “lastName_WordPlay.ai”. 

2. Export your file as a JPG by going to File>Export>Export As and changing the format to JPG. Make sure to check the Use Artboards box on the bottom left.

  • Color Model: RGB

  • Quality: 10

  • Resolution: 300

3. Turn all the files into your Final>Word Play folder.

 

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Word Play and save it into your Word Play folder. 

Monday 11/29
Fall Final: Menu Design

Objective

You will be creating a menu design for a restaurant of your choice. A strong consideration of columns and margins need to be shown in order to showcase your layout skills. You will also be setting up paragraph styles for this project. The design will be a folded menu with a front and back cover. 

 

Project Requirements

1. Menu Items with Prices

2. Correct grammar and spelling is used throughout the entire design. Use spell check!

3. A creative cover to your menu is created showcasing your Photoshop or Illustrator skills. Do not just use a stock photo or image. 

 

Setup Directions

1. Create a new file - 8.5x11 inches, 4 pages, check the facing pages box

2. Set your margins and columns to apply to your design. Consider the layout that your brainstorming used.

 

Turn-in Directions

1. Save your InDesign file as “lastName_Menu.indd”.

2. Export your file as a JPG and use the specs below:

  • Range: All

  • Select Spreads

  • Quality - Maximum

  • Resolution - 180

  • Color - RGB

5. Upload the .indd and all the JPG files into your Menu folder.


Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Menu and save it into your Menu folder.

Wednesday 10/20

Graphic Design Professions Flyer

Objective

You will research a graphic design profession for this project and then create a flyer promoting or explaining that profession. You will present these flyers to the class at the end of the project. If you are not prepared to present, you will lose 5% from your project grade. Stay focused and on track with this project!

 

Project Requirements

Size - 8.5x11” InDesign file

Columns/margins - will be determined by your design, but must be set up correctly and used correctly. How many columns of type will you need?

 

Turn-in Directions

1. Save your .indd InDesign file as “lastName_Flyer”. 

2. Export your JPG by setting your quality to maximum, resolution set to 300 and color mode set to RGB. 

3. Upload both files into your Flyer folder. 

 

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Flyer and save it into your Flyer folder. 

Friday 9/24

Postcard

Objective 

You will be creating a two sided postcard design to promote a destination of your choice. The front will represent a location and the back will be set up to include a place for someone to write a message and the address. Push yourself to use your Illustrator or Photoshop skills in order to create elements that will be laid out on the front of the postcard. You will be using InDesign to layout the design though.

 

Requirements

1. InDesign is used to combine images and text to the front page of the postcard.

2. Two page document

3. Backside needs to leave at least 3” on the right for an area where the address will go.

4. You use visual identity to represent your location. 

 

InDesign Setup Directions

 

Turn-in Directions

1. Save your InDesign file as “lastName_postcard.indd”.

2. Export your JPGs by selecting all pages, quality set to maximum, resolution set to 300 and color mode set to RGB. 

3. Upload any AI or PSD files you used to create your design. 

4. Upload your files to the “Postcard” folder.


Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Postcard and save it into your Postcard folder.

Wednesday 9/1

Invitation

Objective

You will be creating an invitation of your choice. Your invitation can be one for a birthday, graduation, wedding, concert or any other event. This could be a made up event or maybe it is a real event. Consider how you are creating organized information by using the design concepts successfully. You can also create images in Photoshop or Illustrator to import into your design.

 

Project Requirements

1. Acceptable sizes: 5x7’’, 5.5x4’’, or 6x9’’

2. Correct grammar and spelling is used throughout the entire design. Use spell check!

3. High resolution images are used.

 

Required Elements

1. Event Title

2. Time and Date

3. Event Details

4. Graphics 

 

Turn In Directions

1. Save your file as “lastName_Invitation.indd”.

2. Save your JPG with a quality to maximum, resolution set to 300 and color mode set to RGB.

3. Upload both to your Invitation folder. 

 

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Invitation and save it into your Invitation folder.