Lets talk socio-political

Assignment: Design an illustrative poster with global, critical, socio-political content that stimulates emotion, provokes dialogue, and rouses an audience to support or engage in an issue or event, cause or mission.
In other words: Take a stand + make other people care too.
Project Goals: Introduction to the visual language of advocacy and engagement. Understand the power of the poster. Continue building your Illustrator skills. Can include text as a visual component but does not have to – its your design choice.

Project  DUE: Uploaded to the Google Drive – Sunday, Dec. 13 by 5 p.m. 


Nature + Environment + Climate Change

Nature + Us

Climate Change

Environmental Issues Round Up.


Wall – not a designed poster, but could be!


Seven Magazine Cover

LGBTQ rights in Russia

Employment Discrimination

Employment Discrimination

Women in STEM

Patriot Act

Patriot Act


Barack Obama

Go Vote!

Editorial Works

Hot misc. topics

Political Posters

Reproductive Rights


NYTimes Editorial Graphics


Be inspired! Excellent student examples from previous Illustrator 2 classes: 

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Calendar update

Great seeing you today, folks. I’m so excited for your perspective project!

Here’s the plan:

Monday, Nov. 9: Work day for Perspective Project. Email me if you have any questions.

Monday, Nov. 16: 9 a.m. Live meeting to discuss Socio-Political Project

Monday, Nov. 23: Work Day – Happy Thanskgiving

Please upload your Perspective Project by Sunday, Nov. 29 – 5 p.m. to the Google Drive so I can have it loaded on the website by the morning critique.

Monday, Nov. 30: 9 a.m. Live Critique for Perspective Project.

Monday, Dec. 7: Work Day for Socio-Political Project

Sunday, Dec 13: upload final Socio-Political PDF to the Google Drive.

Monday, Dec. 14: Last Day of Class – 9 a.m. Live Critique for Socio-Political.


Hello fabulous students! Great job today on our critique, even despite technology snafus! I’m really proud of all you created.

As discussed – our perspective project is next. Please look over all of the links – both artist inspiration and technical – and upload a “brainstorming” image of your concept by Sunday evening, Nov. 1.

We will meet briefly live starting at 9 a.m. Nov. 2 for further discussion and brainstorming.

Resources for centering/aligning and using rulers here:

  1. https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/rulers-grids-guides-crop-marks.html
  2. https://www.techwalla.com/articles/how-do-i-center-an-object-in-illustrator
  3. https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/moving-aligning-distributing-objects.html

Putting it in Perspective

Some online inspiration comes from :


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Remko Heemskerk: NYC

Chris Ware : Lost Buildings series and Building Stories series


Adobe: Perspective tool help

Perspective Tool help

Defining the grid


Assignment details: Design and illustrate a cityscape using the perspective tool and a unique color scheme. Your cityscape can be fantasy, based on a real place, or a combination of the two. Build a unique world and put as many details in as possible, continuing to build our storytelling skills.

Your landscape/cityscape can be anywhere in the world… Where do you want to go??

I liked this one for its use of an antique map for reference. Remember my post on digital library collections that are now all available via public domain.

Croatia map

Be inspired! Excellent student examples from previous Illustrator 2 classes!

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Typographic Resources

Be sure to check out Laurent Durieux for some amazing posters with beautiful typography and visual hierarchy.

Some interesting typographic solutions:


Regardless of if you were in my Illustrator 1 class or not – see this post on Music Poster design for some great examples of interesting typographic solutions. See the music post here

Check out this great site: We LOVE Typography

And don’t forget my favorite lettering artist: Jessica Hische

Technical tutorials:

Basic typography tips from Adobe

Some very specific text effects

Want to make your own font?

This is a great link to taking your text to the next level: Creating Outlines to be able to manipulate the letterforms.

“Glowing” textures

Lots of great ways to add texture to your flat vector work:

Adding image and artistic effects

Some great videos

Grain effect:


Clipping Masks with inserted Textures/Brushes, etc.

Making a Clipping Mask with a transparent texture from Photoshop is a great idea too. This way you can apply the texture to the interior of block text, a closed path or a shape.


Vintage Halftones

Adding halftones can be fun!

Glowing – Inner and Outer Glow:



Sept 28 – Oct. 5

Hey all, thanks again for a great critique! I’m really impressed with your projects and ability to give your classmates constructive feedback.

Here’s the plan we discussed:

  1. Take a look at your new assignment below, Vintage Movie Posters
  2. Check out all the links, including history of poster design and contemporary designers who have a vintage aesthetic.
  3. Research movies, research typography, research poster compositions.
  4. Come to our Blackboard Collaborate live session next Monday, Oct. 5 with 1-3 ideas. I will meet you there at 9 a.m. for a short brainstorming session and then give you 2 weeks to work on the assignment.

Can’t wait to see what you do next.

Movie Posters: Norton


  1. Go to the Norton Movie Poster Exhibit and Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit!
  2. Choose either an old movie or current movie to put into this vintage style.
  3. Create illustrations to illustrate characters, scene, props, etc
  4. Choose type wisely. Play with it, layer it. Remember Visual Hierarchy.
  5. At critique – show both your version, and the vintage poster it was inspired by.

New movie poster references: 

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Shepard Fairey

Invisible CreaturesNASA_1_Up_4



Vintage Movie Poster References:

  1. Saul Bass Archive
  2. Toulouse – Lautrec
  3. Poster Design History
  4. Excellent Examples



Be inspired! Excellent student examples from previous Illustrator 2 classes: 

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