Class Info

  • Class Date:
    Thurs Apr 18, 2024

Spring Break starts next week, will see you in may.


Lets review 2 posters, will give feedback in class so you can update.


  • Learn a new Illustrator Tool: Blend Tool
  • Continue Project 3: Understanding Design Continuity in a series

Type Challenge during class:

How to create a typographical blend in Illustrator

Create a 1080 x 1080 pixel artboard. Choose one word (select typeface, size, etc) Copy it, and make sure each one is a different color
under BLEND OPTIONS > SPACING> Switch to Specified Steps — For now do 8
Back in the tool box, select the BLEND tool. Then, GO OVER each word with the mouse (you will see a little blend icon)

Save your Illustrator file

Export your artboard as jpg


Place in Dropbox

Continue Project 3:
Social Media Posts (for Exhibit)

  • Create a series of four (4) typographical posts that will be used to promote Annoying! Art Exhibit across social media. These must work together.
    • Specs:
    • Illustrator (Preferred application, as you can use tools not available in InDesign)
    • 1080 x 1080 pixels (Common social media square format)
    • RGB colors (for screen only)
    • USE an Image
      Take an abstract photo or create a texture or create a gradient.
      We will use it as background only. No illustrations. Use your own image or Creative Commons art only (credit source as required by CC)
    • Your designs must take into consideration all concepts previously explained this semester: typeface selection, visual hierarchy, use of a grid, color and legibility, alignment, line space, word and letter spacing, etc.
    • You can use the tools that you already know…(Offset paths, outlines, 3D, planes, blend tool and others)


Create new document 1080 x 1080 PIXELS / 4 artboards
RGB color / 150 dpi

Once your document is created, you can arrange the artboards as indicated here. View ARTBOARDS, click bottom left of artboard window to get rearrange artboards:
Choose layout/ Spacing 120 pixels (for now) between artboards

1. Square one (top left): Must Include
See Link

Use Color and a solid background

2. Square two (top right): Must Include
Your own title (for your annoying item)
and other annoying things
See link

Use Color/Gradient or Use Bkgd image (remember your own or creative commons use only)

3. Square three (bottom left): Must Include
Art Exhibit
See link

Color/ Use a Bkgd image (remember your own or creative commons use only)

4. Create your own SPECS (bottom right)

Here is an example of the image I am selecting. Since my annoying item is is Loud Chewing, I decided to take a photo of forks. I will use as a texture. Photo by M. Giuliani

  • Look at examples below (Please note that your solutions must be different than these). Is the hierarchy appropriate? Are the colors and images offering the viewer an easy to read experience? Are pt. size, line space and letter space working in a cohesive way?

Let’s also study these example done by class / peers :

These examples use the following topics covered in class:

  • Typography: Typeface selection with variables of weight (bold, regular), CASE (CAPS, C & LC), FR Alignment. Word Spacing and line height (tracking/kerning and leading)
  • Design Concepts: Visual Hierarchy, Color Contrast and Legibility, Placement
  • COLOR and Legibility
  • Tools (tech skills) 3D and plane / offset path /repetition / Touch type tool

Note: Assignments from different semesters do not include the same text.


  • Due before next class:
  • Pick one poster you made and print it and bring it in.
    • Complete 4 social media postings (see above)
      Save your Illustrator file
    • Take one screenshot of all images or
      Export page JPG (ALL)
      This way I can see all 4 squares in one image
    • Name your files:

Place in Dropbox


Graphic Assignments are always due the day before class at 11:30 pm, and must be placed in class drive (COMD1127 DROP BOX link) unless indicated otherwise. Assignments uploaded during class on the day that they are due are marked as late.

Participation Activities (Scavenger Hunts, Type Talks and Type Challenges) are due during class or the day before class at 11:30 pm if indicated by the instructor.

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