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Working with Text

Posted on May 27, 2014 by Katherine Yamashita Last updated on Jun 8, 2017
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  • 5/5 | 7 Ratings
Graphic Design, English, Arts
Age Levels
13-14, 15-16, 17-18
Lesson Plan
Products Used
  • Animate CC
  • Illustrator


Title Page Working with Text

This is a series of activities that relate to text: about the history of text and fonts, text and font design and the creative use of text. Although some of the work is done by hand, all the work is then transferred to digital software: Illustrator, or in some cases, Photoshop.

Here is the list of activities:

1. Foundation of the Letters - Block Letter Design
2. Visual or Concrete Poetry
3. Text As Image
4. Font Creation


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Additional Information

Attribution No Derivatives
Custom Standards
Support Digital Media, Visual Arts, Communication Technology, Graphic Design curriculum
ISTE NETS·S Standards
Research and Information Fluency, Creativity and Innovation
  • 1-2 Hours
  • 1+ Day
  • 1+ Week
  • 1+ Month
  • Semester
  • Year

Access to the Internet for research

Access to Adobe Illustrator (any version) and Flash if animated text is desired

Pencil, paper ruler

Fineline markers, ink, (optional)

  • 5/5 | 7 Ratings
All Comments (3)

Mike Skocko

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 - Permalink

I really like "Word as Image" and have been meaning to introduce something similar each year.

Hmmm, I feel a new assignment coming on. Thanks, Katherine!

Judy Durkin

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 - Permalink

Wow- an incredible resource! Thank you.

Clear, concise, easy to understand.

Robyn Mortimer

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 - Permalink

This is a one stop shop for introducing and developing typography. I really appreciate the drawing component. Lots of dimensions here.