Course: Introduction to Graphic Design
For my monogram project, I used Adobe Illustrator to explore letter combinations using overlapping, intertwining and stacking while maintaining horizontal baselines. Without repeating, rotating or mirroring letters, I rendered a monogram of my initials. This project taught me how to define features of letterforms and counter forms and how to differentiate Transitional, Modern, Humanist Sans, Geometric Sans and Geo-Humanist Sans typefaces.
For my animal graphic project, I studied profiles of an Amur Leopard to create an icon. I developed a digital scan of my sketch and re-created the image using Adobe Illustrator. This process taught me how to reduce details into graphic form through shapes, lines, progression and repetition. I was able to interpret visual characteristics of the animal and relationships between figure and ground. The final product consisted of four variations: black and white, two-tone black and 50 percent gray, a three color analogous scheme and a three color complimentary scheme.