Assignment 1 – 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). or is a good place to start.


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  • Due Date: Sept 12 @ 8:00AM
  • File Name: LastName_Typography.pdf
  • Media Design Brief: Download
  • Rubric: Download

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.)

The project will be graded using the following rubric:

Artistic Use of Text: 20 points
The text should be creatively used. The words should not only be a communicative tool but also an artistic tool. The text should be an integral creative element of the picture.

Design Elements: 20 points
The use of line, shape, and form should add to the effectiveness of the composition. They should work with the typography to create a strong sense of emotion.

 Balance / Unity: 10 points
The composition must be balanced effectively. The eyes should be led in a comfortable manner through the visual elements of the picture. The composition must possess strong unity.

TOTAL: 50 points

Export the finished page into a PDF document. The file name should be LastName_Typography.pdf

Then submit the file through the Assignments tab on TRACS.