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Pick two letters of the alphabet. Use your initials if you like. Create nine 3×3 inch compositions where you combine the two letters in a dynamic way. Explore scale, repetition, and rotation within the composition, but be careful to not stretch, squish or otherwise distort the original forms. Each design should employ two unique typefaces, and be made a single vector form with whites cut from it (using the Pathfinder tool).
above designs by: Shinhei Kang, Sofya Karash, Ryan LeCluyse, Michelle Stidham and Nick Brooks
From your highly pixelated beginnings, create refined vector outlines in Illustrator. The above examples were designed by former student Ece Ciper. Explore diagonals and curves, snap to grids, and remember that the fewer points on a path will yield the smoothest profile. Below is a sample “S” I made showing potentially ideal placements for points around a letterform.