Project #12: Making a Mohiba Poster

June 5, 2014

Take all your design skills, and turn them into a real project that will be shown around town.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first trip to America, and their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

The Beatles changed rock and roll forever, and they still rock. So Mohiba will be dedicated to them, and we’re going to call it
Make a poster that will be BIG: 20 inches by 30 inches. We really will print and post the best work all around town and in the school.

All posters should include the following:

  1. Beatles images, emphasis on the early ones from the early to mid 60’s
  2. “Morse High School presents”
  3. Location: Montgomery Theatre, Morse High School, 826 High Street, Bath.
  4. Tickets: $7.00 student, $10.00 adult, on sale in school or at the door
  5. Dates: November 21 and 22, 2014
  6. Time: 7:00 PM

You decide what is important, what is not important. You can overlay, blend, and combine images using Pixelmator. (It would be interesting to use some graphics right inside the letters.)

Do the final layout and type design in Pages. Remember, fonts are vector-based and blow up much better if you work in Pages, not Pixelmator.

Click to download the instruction sheet, with special directions about how to make oversize pages with customized dimensions, not just 8 1/2 by 11.
Making a Mohiba Poster

Project #11: Creating a Typographic Portrait

May 27, 2014

The objective here is to get a lot deeper into Pixelmator, see what it can do to manipulate multiple layers and objects, and create something beautiful.

Like this…or maybe better. Click below to see all the instructions.



Before you really get into the project…

1) Take, or find somewhere, a picture of yourself.

2) Think about the words you want floating behind/in front of your portrait. I might suggest a poem, a repeated lyric from a song, maybe a section from a novel you really like. I used a quote from Einstein about imagination.

3) Make the portrait really simple, and try to use a simple background. You probably don’t need to worry about masking the background at this point, but you may need to work on that later.

4) There are 10 steps to the tutorial, and when you’re finished, you will have learned quite a bit about layering, filtering, and some very subtle effects.

5) When the whole thing is finished, post to VoiceThread.

Good luck!

Project #9: The Business Card

May 20, 2014

Use your design skills and your new logos to create a set of 10 business cards. There should be at least 5 different designs on the cards.

Here are the steps:

  1. Make sure you have pdf files of your two good logo designs.
  2. Go to Pages and get out one of the business card templates. Most business cards are 2″ by 3″, printed 10 t0 a sheet.
  3. Build a business card design around your logo. Make your logo the central focus of the design, but make sure to include all the information. You will probably list yourself as “Chief Executive Officer,” “Creative Director,” “Sales and Marketing Vice President” or something like that. Be creative in choosing your job!
  4. Make sure to include all the contact information that should be on a business card, but you don’t to have a real website.
  5. Most important. Include at least 5 different designs. That means probably two copies of each design. You don’t need 5 different logos, but put your logo in different places, and different sizes, and use different fonts on different cards.
  6. Make a pdf of the finished file and post it to Voicethread.

Project #8: Make a Logo

April 30, 2014

Use your design skills to create a “corporate identity” for a new product.

The product can be a

  1. soft drink/energy drink,
  2. a cereal,
  3. a computer game
  4. a skateboard/snowboard company
  5. Something else? Tell me your idea.

Your job is to create a name and a logo for the product, then create a package that the product will come in.

The assignment will be in 3 parts:
PART 8A: The Theory
Read this article
about designing logos. List what you think are 10 of the most important tips to remember for your project on the logo worksheet. Pass it in.

Also, read this article to see how PayPal decided to redesign itself. Little changes can make a big difference for big companies.

PART 8B: The Computer App
Open EazyDraw on your computer and get familiar with it. Learn now to form your name along a curve. Save a good file in PDF, and export it to VoiceThread.

PART 8C: 2 versions of the Logo
Use Pages, EazyDraw, and Pixelmator to design 2 very different versions of the logo. Make them the right size to actually fit and glue onto the product!  Export these both to Voicethread.

PART 8D: The Mock-Up
Make a mockup of the actual product!  If you’re designing a brand of soda, make a logo that you can print and tape or glue on a can of soda. If it’s a cereal box, make a logo that you can glue on the box. If it’s a computer gaming system, find a DVD box or something that you could actually use the logo on.