For this assignment we were asked to set our name in six typefaces; 3 serif and 3 sans serif types each. The choices are supposed to be used to describe us or parts of our personality. We were also asked to create expressive text – words that describe themselves. Here’s what I came up with:
Can you tell why I chose these words? Which do you think best represents my personality?
And here are my expressive words:

Bad Signage

This week’s assignment was to find examples of ineffective signage around our neighborhood and then to redo one as an example. Here’s what I found:

Some signs were very hard to read like the one below. What’s the name of this salon? I have no idea.

Then there were signs that were crammed full of words. What is “EMILY” up there for? Why is it covering the address? Just confusing.

This next one hits close to home because, well, it’s close to my home. We live on Summit Street. I’m not sure where that other name comes from, and I’ve never seen any address with “Monsignor Delvecchio Place” so I’m not sure why they need to share a sign. The only real effect of such small lettering is that most cabs and food deliveries drive right by it.

Here’s the beauty that I’ve decided to redo. This sign is taped (rather poorly…) to the door of a delicious deli. Their meats are actually delightful, but I wouldn’t believe the sign.


So here is my design. First, I’ve replaced the hand-written sign with one using a couple nice typefaces. I made the background colorful to still be eye-catching, although maybe not as much as the neon green. The items are lined up and given a slight bit of color, enough to stand out from the title. Take a look below and comments welcome


Visual Design Assignment – What I like

Our first Assignment for our Visual Language class is to identify an example of design that we enjoy and then analyze it using the design principles we learned in class.

I love the minimalist posters created by Justin Van Genderen. (more here) I had seen these before starting this class, and only knew that I loved the simplicity and cleanliness of the design. After analyzing them more deeply, I see that he’s adhered to many of the design guidelines we discussed. I like all his sets (especially the star wars and space series) but for this exercise, I’ll focus on the Space Race – Astronaut series and this photo of the Gemini project:





Color was used sparingly and thoughtfully throughout the design. There actually is very little of it. The background of the main image is a dark blue that looks a bit transparent, allowing the texture of the background to come through, almost as if it was screen printed onto the paper below. The texture of the paper is also interesting, lending an aged appearance to the entire work.


Although I couldn’t identify the typefaces used in this poster, it looked like there were only 2 used: 1 for the title “PROJECT GEMINI”, and another for the body. The heading for the body text looks like the same font as the body, but just bolded. (EDIT: Whatthefont.com identified the title as ITC Avant Garde ExtraLight, though the body text was too small to analyze) This is something that I learned from our first class on the principles of typographic design: use only 1 or 2 fonts max. I’ve fallen into this problem before, thinking I need many different fonts to look interesting. I definitely see that keeping it to 2 has the desired clarity the designer was looking for.


I was surprised to see after I started drawing overlays that his columns were not quite the same width. What was consistent, however, was the whitespace. The gutters between the columns were the same size, and there was a consistent border all around the poster. I also really liked the fact that the space capsule itself is made using negative space.