Exercise – Typography Poster


For many beginners, the task of picking fonts is a mystifying process. There seem to be endless choices — from normal, conventional-looking fonts to novelty candy cane fonts and bunny fonts — with no way of understanding the options, only never-ending lists of categories and recommendations. Selecting the right typeface is a mixture of firm rules and loose intuition, and takes years of experience to develop a feeling for.

For this first assignment, you will fully explore all the typefaces available to you. You can go to any of the free font websites to download something you would like to use in your design. Be careful which sites you choose to download fonts. Some sites are malicious and could transfer a virus to your system. I would recommend checking out https://fonts.google.com/ or http://www.dafont.com.


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  • Due Date: Tues, Sept 14 @ 2:00PM
  • File Name: LastName_Typography.pdf
  • Software: Adobe Photoshop

In Photoshop, create a 8.5 inch by 11 inch vertical or horizontal composition that uses text and simple design elements. The completed composition should make a statement about a thought or belief and have a strong sense of emotion.

Your typography composition must contain:

1) A poem, song, or phrase to convey an opinion or experience
2) Design elements (line, shape, form, etc.)

Always make sure you save your design as a Photoshop file, that way you can go back and edit later if needed. Once you’re satisfied with your layout and design, export the finished page into a PDF. To do this, go to File > Export > Save As > Photoshop PDF, you can keep the quality at High Quality Print. The file name should be LastName_Typography.pdf

Then submit the file through the Assignments tab on Canvas.