For this assignment you will be using your initials to create nine 4 x 4 compositions. Your compositions may be black & white or color and you must only use typography as a design element. To complete this assignment you may choose any font you wish*. The font you choose, must be use for all nine compositions.

You will create one composition for each of the following:

  • Dynamic composition
  • Static composition
  • Symmetry
  • Asymmetry
  • Scale
  • Tension
  • Balance
  • Grids
  • The Figure ground effect

Your Final compositions will be laid out in a square grid format and printed on one sheet of 13 x 19 paper, trimmed to a roughly 13 x 13 inch square. ( see image bellow for layout)


Step 1.

Start by typing your initials into an illustrator document, in upper and lower case (you may use either) . Try out Several different type face options, see which ones resonate with you and work well with your initials. Review the Principles of Form & Design. (click link to download)

Step 2.

Once you have a few different typeface options your are happy with, grab a pencil and sketch pad and make thumbnail sketches. The thumbnail sketches can by 3″x 3″ or 4″ x 4″ you must complete at least 27 sketches, 3 for each composition.

Due next class, Wednesday Jan 31

Step 3.

Begin working in Adobe Illustrator, building on your strongest concepts from your sketches. Prepare for in-class review Thursday September 8th.

Step 4.

Print out your working concepts and hang them on white boards for an informal in-class review Wednesday .

Due Wednesday February 8th

Step 5.

Layout your 9 final compositions in a 13″ x 13″  document in Adobe Illustrator, you will need 13″ x 19″ paper to print your final. Document must be printed and trimmed before class on Thursday September 15th for an in class critique.

Final Due Date / Critique

Thursday February 12th