Graphic Design 3  & MGD 105 Projects

Tuesday 2/23

Typography Landmark

Exemplars: The use of different size letters to create details and dimension, recognizable city landmark

You will be creating a poster design just using typography. You will select a landmark 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. 

 

Project Steps:

1. Create a 11x17” AI file. Either orientation will work depending on your design. 

2. Place an image of your landmark into Illustrator and embed the image. Name the layer and lock the layer so it doesn’t move by accident. 

3. Use your image as a template to create your design by sizing and rotating your letters, but not warping or distorting them. 

4. Add in the location and landmark name on the design while considering how hierarchy should be used. Don’t use too big of a font! 

 

Project Requirements:

- Size: 11x17” AI file 

- Design must represents a location

- Only one font is used

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

- Letters can not be manipulated, warped or distorted

- You must include the location name, landmark name and font used

- Letters need to be black and background white

 

Turn-In Directions:

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

2. Save your file as a JPG, File>Export>Export As, and name it “lastName_landmark.jpg”.

       - Select “Use Artboards”.

       - On the next screen, set Quality maximum resolution to 10

       - Set your Resolution to High 300ppi. 

3. Upload both files to your Typography Landmark folder. 

 

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

Monday 2/1

Typography Character

You will be designing a character by using two descriptive words and the character’s name. An example of characteristic words would be: doctor, anime, or green. The typography will create the shape of the character. You also will be using colors to help create dimensions, depth and features of your characters. 

 

Illustrator Setup & Text Demo

 

Objective:

To create a typographic character using one font, three words, distortion tools in Illustrator and various colors to create depth and shading.

 

Project Requirements:

- Size - 11x17 AI file 

- Only a character's name and two characteristic words are the only words that should be used. 

- Play with color and font shapes to create your character. 

- Only 1 font can be used.

- 1 solid color for the background.

- Character’s name is on your background.

 

Project Steps:

1. Create your AI file and place your images or sketches on your artboard (File>Place).

2. Embed the image. 

3. Use your image as a reference to create your character. You may want to create a simple outline with the pen tool or you can just use the image as a reference. Don’t worry if you enlarge the image and it is blurry because it is only a reference.  

 

Turn-In Directions:

1. Save your AI file as “lastName_typographycharacter.jpg”.

2. Save your file as a JPG, File>Export, and name it “lastName_typographycharacter.jpg”.

       - Select “Use Artboards”.

       - On the next screen, set Quality maximum resolution to 10

       - Set your Resolution to High 300ppi. 

2. Upload both files to your Typography Character folder. 

 

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

Thursday 1/21

Ligature Logo

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. 

 

Steps:

  1. Sketch brainstorming ideas

  2. Import those sketches into Illustrator

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

  4. Search online for Adobe Illustrator Text Tutorials to add effects and style to your designs. 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. Size - 8.5x11” Illustrator file

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

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

 

Turn-in Directions:

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

2. Leave 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 and high resolution JPG named as “lastName_ligatureLogo”.

4. 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. 

Thursday 1/7

Word Play

You will consider how fonts have emotions and how you can control those emotions by using your kerning, tracking, leading skills and your Illustrator skills. 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. 

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. 

 

Text Manipulation Tips

 

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, but not images

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

 

Turn-in Directions:

  1. Name the file, “lastName_WordPlay.ai”. 

  2. Save your file as a high-resolution JPG named the same way. 

  3. Turn the two 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. 

Tuesday 10/6

Menu Design

You will be designing a menu of your choice. The design will include listed menu items and a cover too. The layout is your choice, which means you can create a one page design or folded menu to push your creativity and Invention competency. 

 

Project Requirements:

1. Size: 11x14” 

2. At least Two Pages - Cover and Menu

3. Menu Items with Prices

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

5. A creative cover to your menu is created showcasing your design skills. 

 

Setup Directions:

1. Create a new file with the correct size. 

2. Decide if you are having a folding menu or a menu that just flips over because this will determine how you set up your files.

  • Folding Menu - 4 facing pages (2 spreads)

  • Flip Menu - 2 pages

3. Set your margins and columns to apply to your design. Make sure to use these correctly throughout. 

 

Turn-in Directions:

1. Get your shareable link and paste it on the rubric.

2. Save a JPG - File>Download As and then on the right side you can select  JPG with a resolution set to 300. This will create a zip file, which you will need to unzip to find your JPG images. 

3. Upload the JPG to your Menu folder. 

 

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

Friday 9/25

Postcard

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 layout skills and creativity in order to create your postcard.

 

Requirements:

1. Two page document and 5x7" size

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

3. You use visual identity to represent your location. 

 

Turn-in Directions:

1. Get your shareable link and paste it on the rubric.

2. Save a JPG - File>Download As and then on the right side you can select  JPG with a resolution set to 300.

3. Upload the JPG to your Postcard folder. 

 

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

Tuesday 9/15

Invitation

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. You should be really exploring with typography during this project. The key to a well designed invitation is the use of great typography and hierarchy!

 

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 throughout entire design. 

 

Required Elements:

1. Event Title

2. Time and Date

3. Event Details

4. Graphics 

 

Turn-in Directions:

1. Get your shareable link and paste it on the rubric.

2. Save a JPG - File>Download As and then on the right side you can select  JPG with a resolution set to 300.

3. Upload the JPG to your Invitation folder.

 

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

Monday 8/24

Year 2020 Poster Design

2020 has been a crazy year! This first project will allow you to express your feelings towards this year so far. You will have some brainstorming and share outs to go through and then you will get started with your project. 

 

If you weren’t present in the first class, you will need to complete the tutorials by following the video lesson located under GD3>Video Lessons. These tutorials are very important because this will be the software you will use while we are virtually learning this year.

 

Project Skills:

Reflect on the year to express yourself in your design by using previous design skills like white space, balance, flow, contrast, etc.

Project Requirements:

1. Designs need to be created in Lucidpress, although you can use Photopea to create/modify photos before bringing them into Lucidpress. DON’T take shortcuts. If you need to modify an image to enhance your project design, take the time to do so! 

2. Size: 8.5x11

3. Typography and images need to be used. Be considerate of the fonts you use and how they speak to your overall design.

 

Turn In Directions:

1. Save your Rubric correctly below.

2. Follow the directions here in order to get the link you need to get a sharable link. You will copy this link at the top of your rubric. 

3. Download your file as a JPG by following the directions here.

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Year 2020 and save it into your Year 2020 folder. 

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