Education Article :: Chapter 09 :: Stamp Project

Stamp Design
Hickory leaf Red Maple leaf Sassafras leaf Oak leaf Tulip leaf
The stamp design application combines all elements of the students education. The introduction of simple typographic elements is new to their experience. They use the numerical elements, the scientific (Latin) name, and the common name to describe the image on the stamp. They explore usage of color gouache as the medium of the stamp design. The students have been developing their sketches using gouache since the beginning of the semester. Their hand skills have improved to a point where they can master this difficult task. The stamp designs begin with a lizard, insect, or fish translation. This provides a starting point in their communication process.

Clear, concise ideas are essential at the beginning stage. The computer is not yet used by the first year students.

Project analysis
In the stamp project a translation of a leaf, insect, or lizard is drawn by the student. The simplification of the form is essential to eliminate unwanted illustrative details. The form can then be applied to the stamp design. The project uses the earlier search to create an image combined with hand painted type and numerals.

This exercise in miniature contrasts the usual poster project. The student must think in terms of reduction and simplicity when considering their choice of type and image. A color palette is chosen from a similar value scheme.

Communication model
The standard communication model includes a sender and receiver. A certain amount of noise is expected. Real information transfer is achieved despite this obvious obstruction. Noise can be in the form of poor quality printing, inappropriate imagery, or bad typography.

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