Category Archives: Sample Posts by Your Professor

Point, Line, Plane by Kristin Becker (sample post)

I think it’s fascinating how the same component of a composition can function as point, line, or plane, depending on how it is pictured, including how it is framed by the camera and how it relates to other compositional elements. … Continue reading

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Texture: Kristin Becker (Sample Post)

In “Graphic Design: The New Basics,” the authors make a distinction between virtual texture and physical texture. Virtual texture is the “optical appearance of a surface:” As a viewer, we can learn something about an object or image without actually having … Continue reading

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Color: Kristin Becker (Sample Post)

This page from graphic novelist Chris Ware’s book, “Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth” is an excellent example of the interaction of fully saturated color with very desaturated color. The colors used in the backgrounds and buildings of each … Continue reading

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Framing: Kristin Becker (Sample Post)

This spread from the graphic novel “Goodbye, Chunky Rice” by Craig Thompson shows many of the powerful and complex design options offered by the concept of framing: The individual parts of the comic strip are each frames, and some of … Continue reading

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Formstorming: Kristin Becker (Sample Post)

In the first fifty pages of her graphic novel, What It Is, Lynda Barry asks questions like “What is an image?” and “Where are images found?” She seems self-conscious about her ability to create successful images as an adult artist, and … Continue reading

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Figure / Ground and Framing – Sample Post by Kristin Becker

This band poster is an example of how the figure-ground relationship can be reversible, and therefore extremely dynamic. In some parts of the composition, the white areas read as ground, background, or negative space and the black areas read as legible … Continue reading

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Point, Line, Plane – Sample Post by Kristin Becker

I feel this poster is balanced because my eye moves through the composition without getting stuck: The bold title of the poster at mid-line (ITC Officiana) functions as both a point and a line. It functions as a point because … Continue reading

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Alternative Self-Portrait: Kristin Becker

Marian Bantjes is a graphic designer and typographer known for her intricate, decorative, and personal type designs. She has worked for major clients, such as the New York Times, and with other well-known designers/firms, such as Pentagram, but she also … Continue reading

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Broadsides – Sample Post

Like many of the examples in Kyle Schlesinger’s essay, this broadside by Nicholas Weidner features poetry, uses letterpress printing, and is printed on a single, large sheet of paper, suitable for hanging on a wall. It is certainly part of the … Continue reading

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Small Multiples – Sample Post by Kristin Becker

This 2-page spread from Craig Thompson’s graphic novel Goodbye, Chunky Rice demonstrates many of the issues regarding small multiples and words, numbers, and images—together raised by Edward Tufte. Over the course of 120 pages, the graphic novel uses small multiples (a series … Continue reading

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