Assignment Four

Assignment Four / Playing card

Students must use Illustrator or Photoshop to execute their playing card. 

Using Illustrator students will design a playing card or tarot card. Students will work in groups to complete this assignment, cards illustrated in groups must feel like they belong together. Students will pick from either one of the face cards. Students are encouraged to think about how they might creatively update the look of the playing card and add their own personal voice to the design. Although students are encouraged to think about designing clever ways to create a symmetrical design without making it obviously mirrored right smack at a line in the middle. Think about the design of playing cards. Study some old playing cards (and new ones) and look at all of the wonderful linear design and patterned elements. Final cards must also include at least three different patterns created in Illustrator.


This is the final project. However the student wishes to approach this project and complete it is up to them.


Illustration topics explored:

Patterns, symmetry, line



• 20 rough thumbnail ideas from which 3 rough sketches to be developed and reviewed with instructor and class for selection. Illustrations must include at least three patterns and top to bottom symmetry.

• 1 final sketch tightened up and finalized from approved rough sketch

• Size: actual size of playing card set” must have a full mockup for the final

• Work in CMYK color mode

• Turn in final eps and PDF files saved and named accordingly: YourName_playingcard.filetype (with numbers for versioning: 01, 02, etc)

• Finished illustration must be printed for critique as a mockup.

Assignment Three

Assignment Three Poster

Vote the Environment

We face a great crisis: climate change, extinction, destruction of wild places – and we must all raise our voices: in our work, in our schools and, most important, at the ballot box.

Governments can act: President Obama recently ordered reduction of carbon emissions by 30% by 2030. Citizens can lead: divesting from fossil fuels is gaining momentum across college campuses. The tide is turning and we can’t stop now. Voting is an action we can all take, the ballot a place we can all be heard. That’s why we must turn out the vote for the midterm elections on Nov. 4, 2014.

Patagonia, the Creative Action Network and the Canary Project are asking artists and designers to create a collection of “Vote the Environment” designs that will be turned into buttons, stickers, prints and T-shirts. We know artists can create a sense of pride, urgency and can-do spirit for this movement.

We will print all designs that meet the following requirements and make them available for sale with 40% of the profits benefiting the artists. The campaign is open-ended but with the goal of motivating potential voters please get your designs in in advance of the 2014 Midterm Elections. If you have any questions or need feedback on your work, please email us at