Project Example

David Carson Quote Poster

  • All work used must be your own, including but not limited to: fonts, logos, branding, concepts, photographs, and artwork.
  • You may not use elements from anything you have created prior to this project, unless they were concepts created in your sketchbook.
  • If you believe a “stock” element is needed that would be impossible for you to create, discuss the element for potential approval with your instructor, and describe how you would change the context of that element to make it your own.

Mid-Term Project:

Creating & Displaying a Font


Using information, theories, projects, and practice previously discussed/learned in the course, you will utilize these skills to create the following:

  • Part #1: To identify what makes a font successful – with attention to function, versatility, form, and design – and translate those qualities into your own personal font.
  • Part #2: To create a successful composition for a display panel that features your font and design elements that capture the overall feeling and theme associated with the intended style and message.


Part #1:

  1. Use your sketchbook to draw out your lettering.
  2. Participate in the group review of your sketches.
  3. Use your review notes to finalize your lettering.
  4. Download the Font Template shown below.
  5. Carefully draw out and ink the final version of your lettering on the printed template. Be sure to follow the instructions on your template.
  6. Hand in your Font Template.

Part #2:

  1. Get your final font from the instructor and download/install your font.
  2. Use your sketchbook to sketch 3 thumbnails of variations for your composition. Use these questions for guidance:
    1. How will you use compositional elements to attract attention to the main purpose (i.e. the font) of this display?
    2. How will the use of color support your theme and style? Will full color or grayscale work best, and why? What will be your primary colors? Secondary? Tertiary?
    3. What graphic elements will support your font? Why?
  3. Review the gallery of font displays provided below for inspiration. These are a sample of effective displays.
  4. Create your preliminary font display based on your sketchbook thumbnails. You may use any selected elements you find to be strongest from all of your thumbnails, or base the display off of one thumbnail.
  5. Participate in a group review of your preliminary design.
  6. Make adjustments to your design based on group discussion findings, proposed adjustments, and review.
  7. Submit your final file for printing.

Part #3:

  1. Get your final print from the instructor and participate in the group work session to:
    1. Trim your print to the crop marks.
    2. Mount your print.
    3. Complete the group review and critique.

Project Details

Font: The font must include a capital and lowercase version of each letter, period, comma, numbers 1-0, and at least the following glyphs: !, @, #, $, %, &. To use this font in the future you should create as many glyphs and special characters as possible.

Display: The display must measure 11″ wide x 17″ high, and include a bleed of 1/4″ on each side. You may download the template provided to use for your display. Once displays have been printed, you will learn how to mount and trim them in class during the work session.

You may also want to consider creating an alternate version such as italicized or bold versions of your font in order to maintain viability for all uses and applications. (You will receive extra credit for additional versions.)