Hannah Boufford Poster

This is Hannah Boufford's poster.
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I realized when I was turning this poster in that the design was probably not as illustrative as it should have been. I tried to design a poster that I would hang on my wall in my room, so it turned out more on the minimalist side because that’s the type of poster design I prefer.

The poster I created features the last line of the opening scene from the movie “Love Actually.” The opening scene talks about how the narrator — Hugh Grant — thinks about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport whenever he gets “gloomy with the state of the world.” There, he sees only love, compassion and friendship. “Love Actually” is one of my favorite movies: it takes place in one of my favorite cities — London, if the illustration of the Big Ben didn’t make it clear enough — and focuses one of my favorite messages: love is important for everyone and it’s all around us.

I tried to keep the poster more minimal, not only because that’s how I prefer a lot of my designs, but also because the message of the movie is very clear cut: love is all around. As Grant says about love in the opening credits, “often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there.” In a way, that’s how this poster was created: not particularly overly illustrative, but the message behind it is clearly there. The word “is” is in cursive, a color and a larger size because it is the emphasis of the line, love is all around, as if the point of the movie — and the point of this poster — was to prove to people that it’s all around.

While I’m not sure I accomplished that message (though I hope I did), I do think the illustration of the Big Ben turned out quite well. With so many intricate details, it was hard to decide which ones to draw out and which ones to leave out, but I think I struck an OK balance in the end. While I was worried I didn’t use some of the effects and skills I had learned in Illustrator this semester, I was realized I used a lot more than I initially thought, including drawing with the pen tool quite a bit, making a clock face, scaling objects and aligning everything properly on the page.

I struggle to enjoy the heart in the top right corner of this design, it seems a bit arbitrary in my opinion, but I needed another pop of color in that area because, without it, the design seemed unbalanced with the color and emphasis on “is” toward the bottom left. I chose a simple typeface to match the simplicity of the Big Ben design, though I realize now I probably should have made the lines on the tower a bit thicker to match the thickness of the text at the size it is at.

I do wish I had been able to do more with this poster and do the movie more justice, but given my time restraints with other classes and working at the IDS, I am more or less happy with the final product I created.

Chris McMillion's Poster
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Out of all the projects we’ve completed so far, I had the most fun creating this one. I knew going into the project that I wanted to make a poster announcing an entertainers show coming to town so I decided to chose a comedian that I’m obsessed with. Miranda Sings was the first comedian that came to mind. She is a YouTube comedian best known for her terrible singing and heavily applied red lipstick. To create this poster, I wanted to focus on her lips because that is how most people identify her. Since the lipstick she always wears is red, I made that the background of the poster a softer version of the red lipstick. I’m a huge fan of minimalistic poster designs so I wanted to keep mine as simple as possible. I think simple designs is the best way to get a message across.

While using Illustrator, I found it difficult to create the outlines of her mouth. I used a reference photo from Google to help as a guide but it ended up taking longer to complete than I expected. I chose the font to be arched and slightly uneven because it correlates to the craziness Miranda Sings embodies.

Overall, I really enjoyed completing this project. It helped me gain a better understanding of Illustrator.



Collin Ebel’s Poster

Collin's Poster Project
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This was by far my favorite project in this class. I was really looking forward to having the freedom to design whatever I wanted with limited parameters. At the beginning I toyed with the idea of doing a sports poster, featuring a basketball player with some cool effects and his stats listed around him. But I ultimately decided on taking the concept of a vintage national park poster. I have vintage national park posters at my house, and they’re some of my favorite pieces of artwork. The styles of them look like they come directly from Adobe Illustrator. It took me a while to decide on what location I wanted to do, but I ended up choosing Aspen Colorado. Having been there, it is one of my favorite places. I wanted to capture a specific mood at dusk; featuring the popular A-frame house on a mountain. I wanted the photo to look cozy and inviting.

This was my first time using Ai and I was blown away with its capabilities. Once finding the paint brush tool, I loved the texture it gave for the trees in the graphic. I used the gradient tool to capture the sky in the evening setting over the mountains in the back. I used the pen tool to configure the A-frame house, and I think it turned out well. To top it off, I used a crumpled paper effect like we used on the Beans tutorial. I thought that this brought it all together, making it look less cartoon-y. All in all I am happy with my final product. I spent a few days changing things and coming up with new ideas (mostly regarding the vantage point and location of the poster. I learned a lot about Adobe Illustrator, and I think it’s my favorite program to use now.

Poster Project

Anna Atsinger's Poster
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I originally started out with the idea of doing an event poster for Disney World, but I realized working around not using any logos or exact character drawings would be tough. I love the state of Florida (and am moving there in August) so I wanted to do some event that had to do with Florida. Of course, oranges came to mind! I immediately began seeing my poster come to life in my head. Once I drew out my design though, my original idea seemed a bit too much. So then, out of no where, the idea to make the words into the orange came.

To begin, I am very aware this poster isn’t going to win any awards, but making this was a LOT more challenging than I had expected. Once I came up with the idea of making the words into the orange, I figured, “how hard could that be?” The answer is very hard, at least with my skill set. Getting the top and bottom words to bend was super easy, almost too easy. It was the darn “orange” in the middle. After, and I am not joking, an HOUR of messing with it I finally had to accept this was as good as I could do. Thankfully when I presented to the class before it was due a suggestion was the use capital letters, which really helped it look better than what I had. Next, the flower. When I was looking at pictures of oranges for my original design I was going to do, I noticed for the first time ever that there are flowers on oranges. I know that may be a dumb statement, but I honestly never knew. So I was excited to get to add that, and because it allowed me to add another color to my color scheme! Drawing it was pretty easy, I just used a simple oval tool to make them based off of the pictures I saw online. I wanted this poster to have a very clean and minimalist feel to it, so I made the flower very basic in the sense that I just added a yellow circle for the middle. I could have gone into even more detail with the pistil of the flower, but because the flower would be so small compared to the orange I figured it would look better keeping it minimal. As for the leaves, I just used the pencil tool to make two points, and made an arch out of them. I then copied the one half of the leaf and moved it and flipped it to make a whole leaf.

Onto the words at the bottom. Keeping on with that minimal theme, I didn’t want it to be very wordy. I remember our professor mentioning that this is just a poster, not a program guide, and not every detail of the event needs to be mentioned. So, I figured the date, location, and time were some good details when it comes to when people should be at an event. I originally went with black font to make it stand out, but the class was right when they critiqued it by saying it stood out too much. I decided to stick with my color scheme and use the same green from the leaves of the orange. While it looks better than black, I do worry it doesn’t stand out enough from the blue since they are both cool colors. I was going to do white, but it didn’t pass the squint test for me because it went too well with the light blue, and orange would have just been too much orange on the page. Finally I was done, but it seemed…too minimal.

I tried many different things with my design to make it a little more flashy. A great example of this was from another suggestion that was made during the critiquing of my poster, which was to add texture to the “orange.” I loved that idea, and was completely on board with it…until I began to execute it. After going through exercises we did in class and tutorials and 3 YouTube videos, I finally figured out how to make text have texture. I tried out about 3 different pictures of the texture of an orange, but it just didn’t look right with my poster. I was also struggling to figure out how to add texture to text without it becoming too transparent. Anyways, after about an hour of stress and hair pulling, I decided to scrap that idea.

I’m a very big fan of consistency in work, and I wanted to use the same colors and design. So, I made the green and white boarders around the poster to give it a little more. Then I decided to copy the flower and use the flower as the bullets between the date, location, and time. I feel they are small enough to not take attention away from the main idea, but a nice idea when people are paying attention to detail. Finally, the last part of my poster. I began to play around with effects, because I still felt my poster needed more. In class we used the 3D tool a decent amount and decided to try that. When I made the 3D aspect of it very thin, I found it looked kind of cool, because it was almost a shadow type thing. When I added it to the whole orange, I found it looked straight like an ad out of the oldies, like a 70’s hippie era. I fell in love, and realized the font and everything made it truly look like a 70’s poster, which I thought was a cool (although I will admit accidental) design. I ended up deciding to stick with that, and BOOM! My poster was completed.

I am aware my poster isn’t the most graphically advanced poster, but I chose to do it this way. My original design had a lot more going on and definitely would have required more work, but after drawing it out, I just just didn’t want to put that much work into something I didn’t like. Once my new idea came around, I knew it would be risky because there aren’t a lot of graphical elements to it. I took a step back and thought, “which poster would catch my attention from far away?” and the latter won. If I saw a lovely blue poster with a bright orange on it, I would automatically assume it was for something to do with oranges (of course). And when thinking about my audience, I realized people who come to orange festivals obviously love oranges, and don’t need a ton of convincing. The orange poster is simply a bright, fun way to grab their attention to let them know what is going on. Looking back, my earlier design would have probably been better for this project to show that I can do more complicated things, but I decided to design this for ME and to have fun with it by bringing it life rather than design something I know I am not in love with. Long story short, it may be very minimal but I like it that way.

Moving on to my goals for this project, they were pretty simple. I wanted to design a poster for an event of a subject I had interest in, so that I have fun with the project. My second goal was simply to be happy with my end design, which I am. Do I wish the letters made the orange shape a little better? Yes, but I realized I am just not at that skill level yet, and that is okay. Overall, the easiest part of this project was identifying what poster topic I wanted to do and picking the font. The hardest was absolutely everything to do with the orange. I really struggled with that, but in the end I did learn a lot more about Illustrator and how to navigate it better, which will help me in the future. This project, like the two before, has proved to be way more difficult that I originally imagined, and my respect level yet again goes up for graphic designers. Especially those who are pros with this software…I feel I could use it every single hour for the next 20 years and still never master it. I did the best I could though, and actually like this project of mine better than my last two.

Shiqi‘s Poster

Shiqi's poster
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This is my first poster design. Starting from ideation, I picked a current topic of the anti-gun violence. After I picked the topic, I picked the target audience. The target audience of my project is parents who want to protect their children from campus gun violence. In the whole ideation process, I tried to focus on this specific group of audience and designed the poster that reflected their pursuit of the anti-gun violence movement/march.

For the central visual identity, I tried to focus on campus gun violence and students’ safety, so I explored multiple options. I have tried to sketch a gun and a school bag, a gun and kids, a shooter on campus, which I believe could not convey parents’ concern and their strong will to protect their kids. Also, I remember the principle of minimum design, so I wanted to keep the CVI simple and clean. In the end, I used a gun and two hands to illustrate the tension between campus shooter and students’ parents, which reflects parents’ pursuit of ending campus gun violence. Creating the CVI was challenging. I don’t have any drawing or painting background, so the only thing I can do is trace a picture. Tracing a handgun is easy but tracing a hand that is trying to divert the gun is hard. To trace it, I took a picture of my own hand holding a water bottle, and I trace the picture to get the ideal hand illustration. When it comes to the breaking letter “s” and the bullet, I want to convey the message that parents divert the gun to save their children from the bullet. The bullet also has a compositional function that I will elaborate later.

After drawing out the illustrations, I played around with different composition strategies. To create the momentum, I place the CVI diagonally to create the diagonal force. Besides, I placed the display text at the lower third section and the bullet to balance the poster. The flying bullet also added more motion and dynamic to the whole poster.


Danyang's poster project!
My poster

I always like simple, functional, and stylish furnitures. So I decided to design a poster of furniture. And Muji is a Japanese brand I love so much because of its style of “less is more” and in shades of white, grey or natural wood? Before I starting to do this poster, I always remind myself to follow the principle of “less is more”, not only it is a great principle of designing, but also matches with the characteristic of the furniture brand. My goal for this poster is adhering to simple and minimalist aesthetic look. Therefore, I used only a few colors including white, grey and natural woods; one object of chair and minimal typographies. I also created a slogan by myself. I found a real Muji chair on website and using AI to do the sketch. I think what I did successfully is keeping the illustration clean and simple and the chair was illustrated in different value of natural wood color. Besides, I added texture to the background to create visual interest and depth to the presentation. One difficulty I faced might be finding the balance between the object and typography. I tried to fix this problem by utilizing the “role of thirds”. I made several changes and worried whether my poster is too simple and not easy to understand. In the future, I might want to expand my imagination more and do more efforts in linking the symbolism with the topic in a creative way.

Seth Cashman-Poster

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Here is my poster.

I chose to design an ad for the game that I made in my G320 class. Based off the general opinion of the design community and the numerous articles regarding the subject, the typewriter pictured hates certain despicable typefaces. This is especially topical in this graphic design course, so I used Comic Sans and Impact to be the examples of offensive typefaces. Obviously, I used American Typewriter for the remaining text. Since the typewriter is also an analog format, I chose to put the text bubbles in a digitized style as a larger statement of digital versus analog.

I picked the red and black color scheme to accentuate the red in the title and to keep the design simple. The dark gradient background maintains the mood of the angry typewriter.

I enjoyed this project more than the InDesign projects, though I did not have much experience with Illustrator before this assignment.

Abigail’s Poster Project

Poster Project - Art Gallery Event
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My project went through several different designs before I landed on this design.  My original idea for the project was to create a vintage style travel poster for the planet Tatooine from Star Wars.  I had this idea mostly finish when I decided that everything I was trying was very similar to what is already out there.  Because I couldn’t figure out a truly unique design I decided to change the poster completely.  I decided to create a poster for an event at an imaginary art gallery in Bloomington. This poster idea also went through a couple different designs before the final product.  My original idea was mostly typography with a minimal color scheme.  While I really liked that poster I questioned whether it really fit the requirements of the project. After the pre-critique in class I decided that it needed to be more illustrative.  However, I couldn’t come up with a way to make that design more illustrative so I decided to try a completely different route for the poster so that I could make it more illustrative.

I decided that I wanted to use bright colors,  geometric elements, and unique pattern elements.  It took me a bit to find a color scheme that I liked a lot for this project. I originally tried a more pastel color scheme, but decided that that did not fit with the feel of the graphical elements.  I ended up looking up bright color schemes on coolors.co.  I used these ideas as a way to help me find bright colors that I liked with this design.

The tool I used the most for this project were the pen tool.  I created all of the geometric elements this way. I also used the align functions and the eye dropper tool a lot throughout this project to make sure the patterns were aligned and the colors remained the same throughout the work.

Another things that changed a couple times, although not as much as the other things, was the font.  Originally I had kept the same font from my previous typography based design. However, this was a more elegant serif font that did not fit with the new design.  I decided to use a sans serif font because I felt that that would fit the feel of the poster better.  I ended up using a font that I had previously download for another project.  I felt that using it in all caps fit the design very well. The think lines and geometric shapes for this font go nicely with the geometric shapes of the graphical elements.

Overall, I enjoyed this project.  I have worked with Illustrator quite a bit before, but this project helped me learn even more about it.  While I have created posters/flyers with Illustrator before I tend to lean towards typography based design, which is seen in the fact that that was what my other design was.  Creating a more illustrative design was a newer experience for me, but I ended up liking it a lot.  Even though I changed my project a lot I think that this project went really well and I enjoyed creating this poster.