Font Poem

Creating a font poem will introduce you to the typography tools in Photoshop and give you a chance to experiment with typeface or “fonts”. This assignment is borrowed from my colleague Carol Schwalbe.

Some things to remember:

  1. Your font poem should demonstrate creative use of typography.
  2. Minimize the use of special effects; concentrate instead on different fonts, font sizes, spacing, and word arrangement.
  3. Start out with black and white. Add some color later.

Optional: If you’re intrigued by typography, go to the interesting site

Finished project

Below is a basic poem, which was created by Adam Reiss based on a similar idea in a book by Amy Arnston. This is a simple illustration of what you can do with fonts in Photoshop. Of course, the only limit is your imagination.

Here’s another example:

Once you’ ve finished your font poem, post the image of your font poem at the beginning or your post. Include a text version of your poem. Then write, as your design rationale, no more than 300 words explaining:

  • why did you choose that particular poem or saying?
  • why did you choose the fonts (include the name of each font)?
  • why did you arrange the words the way you did?
  • what problems did you encounter and how did you solve them?
  • of what are you most proud?
  • what would you do if you had more time?
We will be using this Font Poem as one “side” of an animated postcard. Keep in mind that you might want to animate separate letters or words.
If you have questions, comment on this post.

Due Date, Thursday September 19th.


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