• Type in Time Poster

  • Type classification is a mirky business. We're not going to let that stop us! We'll discover what goes where in the grand timeline of typography. The product will be a poster design from a chosen classification.

How To Get An A

This is what you need to do to ace this assignment.

  • Implement a design with an informal grid.
  • Recognize the features of a typeface which determine its classification category.
  • Research and organize historical typographic information.
  • Make the most of the glyphs in a given type family.
  • Implement learned type rules relating to italicization, quote marks, etc…
  • Show off a type family's weights, widths at varied sizes and position on the page.
  • Select and apply theme-appropriate colours.
  • Use the appropriate software tools and techniques to build the page.
  • You've submitted files as directed, ready for print.
Your grade reflects the degree to which you satisfied the above criteria.
Grade Value Description
A, 80-100%, Excellent This is work that has been completed in a highly motivated manner which meets all or most of the performance criteria for the project. It is an exceptional demonstration of design skills.
B, 70-79%, Superior You have submitted work which is above average, but lacks the qualities which give it the stamp of excellence. It shows better than average design sensitivity.
C, 60-69% Satisfactory Your project is handed in on time. It has fulfilled some or all of the requirements. It lacks strong visual interest and thoughtful & imaginative resolution. The work is merely average.
D, 50-59%, Marginal This work is handed in on time, but lacks many or most of the areas that show understanding of design. It is a weak effort, which does not meet program standards.
F, 0-49%, Unsatisfactory This is work that is not handed in on time or does not satisfy the assignment criteria at all.
NHI: Not Handed In An assignment which was not received.

BrightSpace Submission Links

  1. Informal Grids: Let's Practice!
  2. Submit Your Type Choice
  3. Poster Mood Board (PDF)
  4. Poster WIP (PDF)
  5. Poster Final Submission

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The Brief

This assignment will have you design a 12” × 18” poster which describes and showcases a typeface from a given classification category. The design must only contain type, shapes and/or patterns. Your type selection must be from Adobe Fonts. An informal grid will create the structure of your layout. Your application of colour should be restrained.

You need to put all the type rules you’ve learned to date into practice. This means italicizing where appropriate; use quotes where needed, etc… If you’ve forgotten them, refer to this site to refresh your memory.

Imagine this poster on the classroom wall. It should entice students to use the typeface in a project. The attractive attributes of the glyphs should be showcased. You will highlight the beauty of the family.