For this assignment you will be using your initials to create 9 5 in x 5 ( ok they actually need to be 4 x 4 ) compositions. Your compositions may be black and white or color and you must only use typography as a design element. To complete the assignment you may choose any font you wish*. The font you choose, must use for all compositions.

You will create one compositions demonstrating 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, tried 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 start making some 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, Thursday September 8th

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 on white boards for informal in class review Thursday.

Due Monday September 12th

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 tried before class on Thursday September 15th for an in class critique.

Final Due Date

Thursday September 15th