50 Pumpkins Learning Activity 7

Here is a pumpkin 50 different ways. Please feel free to comment if you want to know what any of them are. By the way, I included 2 “KISS” pumpkins out of desperation and post them here under sufferance. I tried making a Jimi Hendrix pumpkin but it was too hard. You go with where your talents are 😉

50 pumkins steve small


Learning Activity 14

As part of my course I have been asked to design a poster around a proverb or saying. I chose the following…

“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow” Swedish Proverb.

Here is what I came up with…

Swedish ProverbFAV

I used the font “Chiller” for the word “Worry” to give it intensity. I also added a shaddow to give it weight and make it more threatening. The poster has a feeling of being unbalanced and of falling. I made the word “Small” small to emphasise the meaning of the word. The word “Thing” has a big shadow applied to it as a play on words and the word “Big” is larger and I made it the same colour as the word “Worry” to give my poster some balance and to group these words together in intensity. The final word “Shadow” has been given a small shadow to give the poster balance and I used the “Chiller” font to balance the shape of the poster and the Text.

I think that this next version gives a lot more weight to the important words and the word “Worry” appears to be agitated giving it more presence.

Swedish Proverbredo

Learning Activity 13

Here are five examples of what I would consider to be a “Good” use of TypeFace…


A lovely example of early 20th Century TypeFace. It reminds me of Art Deco

Learning Task 13 Whisky


This TypeFace is just plain “nice”. It gives a hint of solidity and elegance to this brand of whiskey


Bold, clear, easy to understand and highly visible, this TypeFace says it all


Although I have no idea what this says, that’s beside the point. It is well proportioned, vibrant, exotic and very well executed by whoever designed this impressive piece of graffiti


Light, bright, bold, well spaced and highlighted by the background, this TypeFace is well chosen for its intended audience

Here are five examples of what I would consider to be a “Good” use of TypeFace…


The red sign at the top of this photo has been a constant source of irritation to me ever since I moved to Launceston. The TypeFace is bunched up, the gaps between the lettering is wrong and it is very unprofessional. Not at ALL the image that a band of this calibre would want as part of its image


Here we have 2 for 1. Bad graffiti AND a sign that is badly designed. The Typeface chosen is too big and can’t be easily read from the roadway that passes by, it screams the word “Your” for no obvious reason and the corrugations on the wall make the Typeface look wobbley. The graffiti is just naff


Talking about bad graffiti, here is a PRIME example. It has no obvious form, shape or even reason. We are hoping that the blackberries grow completely over it in the near future and we don’t have to look at it every time we pass under the Batman Bridge


I, personally, don’t like this sign. The Typeface is uneven and isn’t aligned correctly. I get the feeling that they are trying to give the sign “movement” BUT I don’t think it works.



I saved the best till last ;). I don’t think I really need to explain this sign short of saying that surely someone stood back and checked it BEFORE it was paid for?! Spacing is imperative sometimes and this is a prize example why

Learning Activity 11

Here is my rendition of a pane of Text using the “Chiller” font…

The type could be used in horror themes or in a form to add a little tension to a piece. it is classed as a decorative font and was designed by Andrew Smithin 1995 and released on March 27 2003

Learning Task 11Another variation on the theme…


Learning Activity 9 Gutenberg Flow

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I chose the Budget website because I feel it illustrates the Gutenberg Flow principal well. It flows from the logo at the top left hand corner to the security seals at the bottom right hand corner by linking the important information a prospective customer would want to know using colour along the flow lines. It reflects the zones of interest well and is a classic example and is very easy to navigate.


Learning Activity 8 Gridlines

Here Are my first two Magazine based examples of gridlines. I used AutoCad to ensure that my lines were evenly spaced…


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Learning Activity 8S1

Here are my second two non-magazine examples

1. The first example I chose was the Australian Flag. This has been sectioned into simple gridlines and if you were to break it down into more gridlines the positioning of each star would fall on a gridline

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2. For my second example I chose the Lloyd’s building of London. I like the way that the rest of the skyline reflects the architectural gridlines of the building

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I chose the following two examples because they don’t appear to have a recognisable set of gridlines…



As with most of his music, Mr Zapper appears to lack structure

Somewhere over the rainbow

A very interesting way to illustrate music and typography at the same time and I have NO idea where you would start to put a series of gridlines on this poster