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Pandemic Poster Design

You will be creating a poster design that can be displayed on campus while also participating in a pandemic poster contest (contest not required).

Here are the details of the contest:

Step 1: find a focus. Choose one of these themes for your poster

  1. Welcoming students back on campus (during the pandemic)

  2. Public safety announcement (wear mask, wash hands, keep a distance)

Step 2: Research/Inspiration Slideshow

find 6 poster designs that will inspire your design. They should all be from one of the styles listed in the sources. Take a screen shot of each poster design and place them in a google slide show. One poster for each slide. On each slide write a description of how this design will inspire your final design. Focus on:

  1. Use of color

  2. Illustration style

  3. Typography

  4. Photographic style

  5. Alignment

  6. Use of texture or pattern

  7. Message/ concept

Sources for inspiration:

Pandemic Poster Design:

Pandemic Poster Design:

General Poster Design:

Genral Poster Design:

Social Cause Poster Design:

Social Cause Poster Design:

Typographic Poster Design:

Type as object Poster Design:

Illustration Poster Design:

Step 3: Choose Your Message

Find a quote or make your own brief statement that is no longer than 10 words.

Step 4: Sketch

Using an entire sheet of your sketchbook, draw your design idea with attention to detail on exactly what your typography will look like and how it will align with your illustration.

Your assignment is to photograph a person or an object or use your own illustration as the central graphic. Then use hand lettering or creative typography (like examples provided) to write a powerful quote or statistic around that object.

OR: photograph one word from your quote out of objects and align the rest of typography from the quote creatively around that word.


Possible quote topics-

Perseverance is the key to success

Be open minded

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step

Don't fear to dream.

Be the change you want to see in the world.

Actions speak louder than words.

Stand up for what is right.

Don't ever give up.

Try juxtaposition. What happens when you place two unlikely things next to each other? What new message does it create?

Step 5: Design the poster using Adobe Creative Cloud

  1. Make sure your file is 12 inches wide by 18 inches tall. Use illustrator to layout the type and create the illustration. If you need to use photoshop for your central graphic, make sure you have that file set to the same dimensions AND set the RESOLUTION TO 300 ppi.

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