Designing a Typographic Poster with Illustrator

A course by Steffen Wagner , Graphic and Product Designer

Graphic and Product Designer. Berlin, Germany.
Joined April 2021

Hone your knowledge of typography and composition to design a creative poster that conveys a hidden message

100% positive reviews (40)
1349 students
Audio: German
German, Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Hone your knowledge of typography and composition to design a creative poster that conveys a hidden message

Graphic and product designer Steffen Wagner creates original posters and works of art using typographic compositions. In his own words, his pieces are "thoughts in frames," as they encapsulate ideas and experiences. In his work, Steffen combines typographic design with artistic elements to convey a message that speaks on multiple levels.

In this course, learn how to transform your inspiration into written messages and hone your skills in lettering, typography, and harmonious compositions. Design a typographic poster with an inspiring message by hand and then create a digital version using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

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What will you learn in this online course?

18 lessons & 19 downloads

Materials
2 minutes, 18 seconds
The grid
8 minutes, 20 seconds
Getting a feel for the letters 1
13 minutes, 20 seconds
Get a feel for the letters 2
15 minutes, 8 seconds
Work with the grid
13 minutes, 50 seconds
Colours
4 minutes, 42 seconds
  • 100% positive reviews (40)
  • 1349 students
  • 18 lessons (2h 55m)
  • 19 additional resources (5 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: German
  • German, Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create an original poster with a unique typographic design.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in typography who wants to learn how to design posters with inspiring and expressive messages.

Requirements and materials

The materials for this course include paper, pencil, a ruler, and a computer with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Basic knowledge of both programs will also be helpful, but not necessary.


Reviews

1349 Students
40 Reviews
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Steffen Wagner

A course by Steffen Wagner

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Graphic and Product Designer

Steffen Wagner is a graphic and product designer from Berlin who started drawing and painting at an early age. While studying industrial design in college, he developed an interest in graphic design, especially calligraphy and typography. Steffen went on to create the children's fashion brand IMAKID, which designs customizable clothing using different felt letters.

His interest in letters and communicative design eventually led him to his true passion: lettering and typographic posters. Steffen shares his posters on Instagram and Pinterest, and also designs logos, brand materials, and websites. His most distinguished projects include corporate designs for food companies and numerous works of art for galleries. Steffen's list of artistic influences includes Bauhaus and art styles from different time periods as well as artists like Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, and Mark Rothko.


Content

  • U1

    introduction

    • About me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Composition and Typography

    • materials
    • The grid
    • Getting a feel for the letters 1
    • Get a feel for the letters 2
    • Work with the grid
    • Colours
  • U3

    Seeking and finding inspiration

    • Sources of inspiration
    • Mood board
    • Symbolism and hidden messaging
  • U4

    Design a typographic poster

    • From the idea to the design
    • Getting started in Illustrator 1
    • Getting started in Illustrator 2
    • Color composition in Illustrator
    • Fine-tuning in Photoshop
  • U5

    Present the design

    • Mockups
    • More options for your design
  • FP

    Final project

    • Designing a Typographic Poster with Illustrator

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Designing a Typographic Poster with Illustrator. Design course by Steffen Wagner

Designing a Typographic Poster with Illustrator

A course by Steffen Wagner
Graphic and Product Designer. Berlin, Germany.
Joined April 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (40)
  • 1349 students