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2012 Space Foundation Student Art Competition

December 14, 2012 in News/Updates

Our first contest of the year will be designing a poster for the 2012 Space Foundation. The competition itself is open to students K-12 (there are categories for different age groups), and can be drawn, painted, or completely digital (that’s where we come in). Upon completion of your second illustration, and after your WordPress page is launched and up to date (see the post below this one), you may begin your design for this competition.

-Be sure to read about the details here.

-More specific details here.

-Last years winners available here.  -Be sure to visit this for ideas.

Make sure you are designing at the correct size, resolution, and color space. I would like all entries turned into me by January 4.

DD2-Typography-Sending a Visual Message

October 22, 2012 in News/Updates

The written word is one of the most effective ways to send a message. Words can persuade, entertain, sadden, inform, inspire, hurt, and even heal. Words, when combined with imagery can be even more effective at communicating a message.

Creating a Typographic Illustration

The idea behind this project is to communicate an idea that is meant to persuade, inform, entertain, inspire, etc. The underlying challenge of this assignment is to locate an image that represents the message you wish to convey within the words in which you will compose the illustration. The fonts you choose are almost as important as the words themselves. You will need to utilize tracking, leading, and even kerning in certain instances to truly enhance your illustration. Variation and contrast are the driving themes behind these designs, so remember the basic guidelines discussed in how we achieve this contrast.

Remember: The message you are trying to send is just as IMPORTANT as the design itself. Choose words and phrases that truly represent the thoughts and ideas  your image might invoke in viewers. Click here for full assignment detail.

Inspiration (LOOK HERE FIRST):

28 Examples of Typographic Portraits

45 Type Face Examples

35 More Examples


-Review these tutorials – Type on a Path | Area Type Tool | Vertical Type on a Path

-Rotate Tool *New Tutorial

-Skewing Text *New Tutorial