Category Archives: Poster

2014-2015 HAWK Posters

UW – Stout

International Studies Committee


Exchange Program | Hildesheim, Germany

2014-2015 Application and Announcement Poster

2014-15 HAWK Poster


Fall Semester Design Culture Now Samples

Fall 2013 Graphic Design One | UW –Stout

Project Five: Design Culture Now Poster


“DESIGN CULTURE NOW”  — lettering was drawn and generated using Sketch Up. Exported into PSD and turned into greyscale > halftone bitmap files.


Bodega Typeface created on an iPad using iFontMaker; exported as a True Type font format. Outlined type is then generated through the 3–D extrude & bevel, and rotate filters.


Bodega Typeface created on an iPad using iFontMaker; exported as a True Type font format. Background uses a half tone image processed through Vectoraster.


‘Design’–’Culture’–’Now’ uses type generated in Graffiti Generator. Individual type style, transparency, color, embellishments, and stroke were adjusted and manipulated to achieve the desired affects.


Bodega Typeface created on an iPad using iFontMaker; exported as a True Type font format.
Hand drawn “DE•SIGN” and “Cooper – Hewitt…” hand-lettering was drawn and generated on an iPad using the Made With Paper — 53 iPad App.

•    Lupton, Ellen. Design Culture Now: The National Design Triennial. Princeton Architectural Press.
•    DCN Publication
•    Ellen Lupton Essay
•    Cooper – Hewitt

Design Culture Now Digital Collage

Lesson: 3 Part One

Digital Collage
Visual Exercise

La Logotheque — VECTOR LIBRARY

Short brief lesson on digital collage  examining the creation and manipulation
of form, image generation, appropriation,  and digital collage.

Search, research, steal, “borrow,” from the web site and design resource La Logotheque or Examine their vector library for corp. logos, sign, seals, flags, symbols.

  • Create one (1) digital collage consisting of no less than four (4) separate vector resources.
  • Present the collage on a printed (black & white or color) 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper.
  • DO NOT mount your designs.

Collages can be purely decorative, editorial, social commentary, or political.

There are no other restrictions but have FUN! So much of our studies this semester have been restrictive—this is not that. How elaborate can you make them, how personalized and creative can they be.

See original collage.

Design Culture Now Digital Collage

Lesson: 3 Part Two

Incorporate Digital Collage into DCN poster concept

Create one (1) Design Culture Now poster design that utilizes and includes, in a conceptually driven manner, the digital mash-up collage (or another) This collage must drive the concept.

Think of  concept: specific color, edited collection, editorial, speculative, archive, critical, or self reflective. Can the viewer get a sense of your personal interpretation or witness your voice as a designer and maker.

Design Culture Now

Design Culture Now

Bodega Typeface created on an iPad using iFontMaker; exported as a True Type font format.

Hand drawn “DE•SIGN” and “Cooper – Hewitt…” hand-lettering was drawn and generated on an iPad using the Made With Paper — 53 iPad App.

A Critical Academic Response

Many design professors and faculty have begun implementing a version of Ellen Lupton’s Design Culture Now poster assignment into GD1, GD2, or Typography classes across the globe. This overwhelming acceptance of this project has created a small online community. Almost a right of passage, a Google search for Design Culture Now Poster recalls hundreds of student posters. The collection is a small snapshot into the current need for design curriculum to adapt, change, and address contemporary design issues and technical attributes.

As a former graduate student of Ellen’s, I readily accept this project and have added it to my GD1 courses for the past several semesters. I have seen an assorted grouping of student designs; some excellent, and others that miss the essential guidelines and typographic criteria for which the project was created.

The National Design Triennial exhibition and catalog of the same name was once a speculative collection of cross-disciplinary designers and their designs in both theory, practice, and application. As indirect result has formed a large micro community of poster designs. These designs can illuminate current design trends, design education, and current events circulating the international design community.

Student designs vary greatly, from well developed visual design concepts, to poorly reactive, non-observant non articulated misaligned solutions. Seeing the larger community of DCN poster design I see my teaching notes are not unlike others. The uniqueness of this poster community allows distant observation for both the students and faculty. The diversity allows students to witness other attempts, used in a larger discussion can help make their own posters more articulate and considered. The DCN poster project is an ever specific, minute micro study, into current events of design history. The larger collection is acting like a time capsule for contemporary design education practice.

Project: 5
Text, image, hierarchy, impact


Time to make a poster! Again, we turn to Ms. Lupton
(with some modifications):

Create a poster for a lecture series about contemporary design.

Carefully consider the typographic hierarchy of the information presented. A viewer should be able to easily understand the calendar of events and quickly learn who the main speakers are. The poster must also convey the excitement of contemporary design to an audience of designers and students. The information itself must constitute the “imagery” of the poster.

Your posters should show a significant rigorous study of potential typographic solutions. Think of the past projects leading up to this; how does hierarchy, type size and style, and the use of a grid organize information. What relationships can you create?


Size: 18” x 24”

  • Your poster must be type dominant. You may use colors, shapes, and lines as well as any supplemental text.
  • Any secondary imagery such as a collage, illustration or photograph must be created by you. No outside found/stolen/borrowed imagery may be used.
  • You must use a grid to organize your design. The grid is up to you. Consider how the number of columns and rows may organize and structure your content.

Ideation—first draft of designs. You must create three poster concepts. Present your three designs reduced to fit an 11” x 17” (including crop marks). Each of your three concepts must be printed, cut, and trimmed and prepared before class begins. Unfinished posters will not be accepted for critique.



2013 International Expo

Exhibition Poster

Exhibition Dates: February 18 — 28
Reception: Student Gallery 209, February 18, 5:30— 7:00 P.M.
Student Discussion at 6:00 P.M.


The International Studies Committee presents the annual 2013 International Expo exhibition in the Student Gallery 209AA. View artwork and designs created by students during their time abroad. This exhibition is an opportunity for students to share their experience with faculty and Art & Design students. Your participation will bear witness to the various study abroad programs UWS has to offer.

CHRISTOPHER DENNY  ◊  Wanganui • ‚New Zealand
LOGAN ERNSTER  ◊  Worthing • ‚United Kingdom
STEPHANIE JODL  ◊  Florence, Rome, Tuscania,Venice • ‚Italy
JESSICA JOHNK  ◊  Florence, Rome, Tuscania,Venice • ‚‚Italy
ELIZABETH KLEIN  ◊  Wanganui • ‚New Zealand
KOLLIN KONITZER  ◊  Corciano, Florence, Rome • ‚Italy
CHRISTOPHER MAIERS  ◊  Hatfield • ‚United Kingdom
LEAH MANN  ◊  Wanganui • New Zealand
LAURA OLSEN  ◊  Florence, Rome, Tuscania, Venice • ‚Italy
KELSEY SCHAUFELBERGER  ◊  Glasgow • ‚United Kingdom
ALEXANDRA SCHULTZ  ◊  Rome, Syracuse, Taormina • ‚Italy
ELIZABETH SICHENEDER  ◊  Wanganui‚ • New Zealand
ANNA SIEKMEIER  ◊  Wanganui • New Zealand
SAMANTHA TIMMERMAN  ◊  Vina del Mar • ‚Chile

Pinterest Obsession

Image Audit

Mood Board

A carefully curated collection of imagery, selected to evoke associative perceptions, persuade expectations, and drive emotional response. A mood board persists as an abstraction. Mood boards are the non-verbal  essence of removed and editorial observations. Ephemeral objects removed from their purpose — void of intent and directional outcome.

  • Explorative
  • Playful
  • Definitive
  • Suggestive
  • Informative
  • Speculative
  • Reflective
  • Ethereal
  • Site-specific
  • Obscurities
  • Abnormalities

Pinterest Image Audit

Immigrants from — “There” natural habitat. Imagery can fill gaps created by complex, undefined, and insufficient words; a grouping of evocative textures & materials.

The open ended and infinitive nature of the “inter-tubes” is false. Everyone of us has dialed in to specific edited content—in essence, writing our own destructive prescriptions, unaware of the side effects. Destination out-weights the path. Enlisting to a pre-fixed menu we consult with thieves. We choose to be fed that which interests us most.

HAWK — Hildesheim, Germany Exchange Program

Poster Photography © Charlinda Brewster, Hildesheim Exchange, Germany — HAWK, 2010-11

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The UW-Stout School of Art and Design and Fachhochschule Hildesheim/Holzminden (HAWK) have established a student exchange, which swaps UW-Stout students with German HAWK students.

The focus of the HAWK program is on art and design studio classes. This academic year program offers Stout students an opportunity for language development, cultural exchange and learning experiences in the art and design field.

Students are accepted to study on the exchange program a year in advance and are encouraged to take German language classes to prepare. Accepted students will have various scheduled meetings with the Art and Design International Studies Committee, present German students and past Stout students that were at HAWK. These orientation sessions are important meetings that help prepare our students for their year in Hildesheim. Students will be advised to correspond with their German exchange partner one semester prior to their study at HAWK. Students arrive in Germany in September, one month early, and usually travel on their own for 1-2 months after classes finish.

The curriculum at HAWK is focused solely on art and design. German students must go through a rigorous process to attend this program. Thus Stout students have an opportunity to work with high caliber, advanced students in the field of art and design.


To enhance awareness and promote study abroad experiences, Art and Design study abroad students, studying for one semester or more, will be required to exhibit their art & design work in a group exhibition in the Gallery 209, upon their return, as organized by the Art & Design Department’s International
Studies Committee. Students in short-term programs are not required but encouraged to participate. While the work is on exhibit, students will be expected to organize the appropriate faculty and the program director to assess their work for related study abroad credits, as needed. Students returning from HAWK will exhibit their work in September and students returning from all other programs in February. Students will also be responsible for submitting a complete electronic portfolio (CD, DVD) of their work to the Program Office by the end of their exhibition week.


The courses at HAWK have an art and design studio focus and are offered in the following concentrations: graphic and product design, interior architecture and art metals. Students work at their own pace to complete a project by the assigned deadline. This type of teaching style lends itself to a self-directed learning style. Former students have commented on what a challenging and excellent experience this was for them. Classes are taught in a different fashion at HAWK than they are here at Stout. There are fewer daily class meetings. Projects are assigned and deadlines arranged.

  • Art & Design Department’s International Studies Committee

If you would like more information on any this program or other Art & Design Study Abroad programs please visit Stout’s website for the Office of International Education or email questions to the Art & Design International Studies Committee,

Do As I Say Not As I Do

Do As I Say Not As I Do

“Nobody puts baby in the corner.”
Circa ƒall 2011

Poster restrictions as dictated by Graphic Design One students. After a long semester of me assigning students projects with strict restrictions and formats I offered to create a poster and present it alongside their NO restrictions poster.

  1. must distort (stretch) type
  2. must use Comic Sans ƒ.