May 1, 2022

Truth and Typography Poster designs

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ARTS610 // Principles of Typography

Students choose a film (it must have been made the year the student was born OR before) and watch Truth can be an uneasy and complex discussion because reality and perception are deeply embodied, rooted in an individual’s lived experience, and incredibly contextual. This is not only true for the content and message of a design work, but is also highly dependent on the form and format—the aesthetics—of the design. As humans, we often find ourselves pulled by a specific color, font, or kind of image, and use those cues as shorthand to help us quickly make decisions—we can be so easily swayed or seduced by what something looks like. This is the power of design and why discussions of ethics are so crucial to the training of designers AND those who consume the things designers make. 

For this project fifteen students in ARTS 610 Principles of Typography researched, examined, and analyzed poster designs—both historic and current examples—and then created or chose a message connected to their own ideas about truth or the depiction of truth. Students used these messages to design the posters you see here. This project is from the Spring semester of 2022.

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