Project Guidelines: Vintage Poster Design

Reminder: Curriculum night is this Wednesday, 9/17 from 6:30-8:00pm.

Project Requirements:

  • create a 12×18 vector poster in Adobe Illustrator
  • poster must fit the style of a chosen era in graphic design history
    (identify 3-5 characteristics of this era and successfully incorporate them into your poster)
  • all artwork used in the poster must be original
  • any typography used in the poster must match the typography of the time period

Some graphic design movements you may want to consider:

Art Deco (1925-1940)
art_Deco     Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 7.10.10 PM

Mid Century Modern (1945-1970)

Psychedelia (1960-1975)
Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 7.14.19 PM     Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 7.13.52 PM

Deconstructivism (1985-2005)
Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 7.19.43 PM     neville_brody


By the end of today’s class, you will create a new blog post
with the following items:

  • the name of your chosen graphic design era
  • a minimum of 3 inspiration images from that era (more are great)
  • a paragraph (written in your own words) describing that graphic design style
    (colors, style of text, types of images used, famous designers from that era, etc)
  • a second paragraph describing your idea (or ideas if you have not yet narrowed it down) for your poster

The Parkland College Graphic Design website is a great place to start.
(Mid Century Modern is separated into two categories on this site: Late Modernism and Swiss/International Style).

If the above link does not work, copy & paste this URL into your browser:!lectures/


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