Ryan Swanson

I teach at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago High School for the arts. Here are some projects:

Found Typography

Type communicates in many ways. The most obvious way is by literally spelling out a word. However this is only the beginning of the power of typography. It can also communicate through placement, size, color, shape, font, layout, weight and so on. For this assignment…

Congratulations you’re the President

Project Brief: Through a mysterious process that is irrelevant to this project you have become the president of the country known as ________. As president your first job will be reorganizing the government to improve the country‚Äôs economy. To symbolize a a new economy, you will…

It’s all about the rhythm

Project Brief: Students will choose a short poem or song to serve as the basis of this project. They will then illustrate this poem using only typography. Nothing besides the type can be used. To inspire students we will look at the work of Martin Venezky and David Carson…

Sexy Serif Project

Students were given their names in a single type face at a variety of sizes. They used viewfinders to crop the letters down, exploring figure/ground relationships by abstracting the typography into shapes rather than letter. Students scanned the results and refined them in photoshop before …

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ryan [at] ryanswansondesign.com
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