Typeface Warm-Up: Square, Circle, Triangle

Contributor:

Kutztown University

PROJECT INFORMATION FOR EDUCATORS

Where?

Course level 

Digital Foundations

Why?

Conversation points for instructors

This is the foundation for all graphics created in the future of my graphic design course. As a first week activity, this warm-up teaches students to bring their analog design approaches into the computer to digitize. 

 

I use this in a 100% online course.

PROJECT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

What?

Project Prompt / Challenge

For this challenge, you will explore bringing your analog design skills into a digital format.

How?

Strategy

We are starting at the beginning— so let's begin exploring with the 3-building blocks of design: the Square, Triangle, and Circle.

 

This is a simple warm-up activity that uses both analog and digital techniques. Don't overthink — just do.

 

1. We are creating type characters (letters) with the 3-building blocks of design (square, circle, triangle). Let's start with any word that is 7+ characters long.

 

Supplies needed: pencil, paper, ruler, camera to scan.

 

Watch THIS QUICK VIDEO to help you get started.  

 

2. Next, let's digitize your scan. Use Adobe Scan Digital PDF Scanner (a free app that is amazing) or another application to bring your sketch into Adobe Illustrator.

 

3. Recreate your word using the 3 building blocks of design in Illustrator. Create the following iterations of this word:

 

  • Using Circle, Square, Triangle Tools (White Fill, Black Stroke)

  • Using Circle, Square, Triangle Tools (No Fill, Black Stroke)

  • Experiment with Color

  • Use Pathfinder Tool to Combine and Cut Shapes

 

THIS QUICK VIDEO will help.

 

Save all together as a .PDF

Materials:

Pencil, paper, ruler, computer, phone with camera, Adobe Illustrator

Timeline:

1-hour

FURTHER SUPPORT INFORMATION

Student Examples:

Inspirational

Artists:

Bruno Munari

Kandinsky

Video Resources:

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