Students were challenged to illustrate a letter or word from the professor’s pre-written speech, then format the text into a cohesive and pleasing design without breaking any “type sins,” or typographic rules of thumb.
I illustrated the letter “D” in “deadline” using a Victorian era medical illustration style to communicate the dark, foreboding, and sometimes painful approach of a deadline. Following detailed research and gathering of authentic materials, I chose fonts actually used in those vintage books and journals, then formatted the text in a similar style to establish hierarchy. The “D” is composited from public domain images out of real journals and textbooks of the time, then altered to fit to the font. The background is also a unique composite melded from scans of authentic illustrations. Finally, I Photoshopped the poster into a frame for a simple, but realistic, modern mockup.