Type Project: Constructivist Poster

with Nigel French
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Type Project: Constructivist Poster
Video duration: 0s 32m 30s Intermediate


Constructivists believed art should play a role in a better future for us all—that even typography could inspire action, reaction, and social progress. The Constructivist style was resurrected in the 1980s and is still popular, striking, and fairly easy to imitate today. In this Type Project, Nigel invokes the style and the spirit of the Constructivist movement in an evocative poster design. He shows how to choose historically appropriate typefaces (square, solid, and sans serif) and use Illustrator's tools to align, space, and rotate your type. Plus, learn how to use a simple illustration to enhance the underlying message and add texture to your design.

Want more inspiration? Check out the Pinterest Board for this course, and visit Nigel's author page to view more installments in the Type Project series.



- [Voiceover] Hi, I'm Nigel French. In this episode of the Type Style Series, we'll use Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop to create a typographic treatment in a style inspired by constructivism, an influential movement that originated in Russian in 1919. We're look at choosing historically-appropriate type and how to treat it to create a look that clearly evokes the style. We'll use techniques that can be applied in all sorts of design situations.

We'll look at aligning, spacing, and rotating our type. We will enhance the type treatment with a simple illustration, and we'll see how we can add texture. Let's get started.

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