Monday, April 30, 2018



We got permission to design the posters for the Mother's Day Plant Sale! In addition, the class is designing small gift cards that will be sold at the sale along with the plants. 


Some students also designed the posters for our new Book Swap Shelf (located near the auditorium in the lobby). Great work, everyone!



Today, we reviewed elements of layout and composition in order to make our work stronger. 

We watched this video that was a good review and discussed the work of British designer, Kate Moross. According to, Kate is a "rising contemporary London-based graphic designer, illustrator and art director. She is recognized for her typographic illustrations. At the young age of twenty-six she has achieved a prominent position in the world of designing. She is currently the art director of Studio Moross. Her designs follow a certain pattern such as three sided shapes, illegible typography and she is fond of freeform lettering. Kate is a versatile and multi-talented graphic designer who worked across a range of illustrative art and designing including motion graphics, photography and moving image. Since graduation she has worked prolifically and created bold artwork for some of the leading clients." 


We continued working on posters for NEST FEST.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Make your favorite song come alive!

Every graphic designer's dream is to design an album cover for their favorite band! Bringing the songs to life with image and type is a pretty big challenge. Check out some classic album covers HERE.

Here is a really famous one from The Police. Really great album covers become almost as famous as the songs they represent!

Make sure your album cover is:
1. square - 8" x 8"
2. lists the name of the band
3. has really eye catching artwork or typography to help it stand out

Monday, December 11, 2017

Make a festive Holiday Card!

Turn a simple piece of card stock into a holiday card! Use the template below to set up your designs, keeping the elements of your design within the blue guidelines. Also, make sure to leave at least 1/4" around the edges, since the printer leaves a margin of white space around the edge. You will need to account for this empty "bleed area" in your design.

CLICK HERE to download the holiday card template file.

Here are some designs created by students in the Fall Graphic Design Class...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Be a stickler with your Snapchat Geofilter!

Making a Snapchat Geofilter is pretty easy and fun – if you follow their specifications exactly!

Here is a chart showing you all the small details:

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Make a snazzy Snapchat Geofilter!

Snapchat has a fun feature called a geofilter. Basically, you can create a filter for a specific location to give a shout out to a school, business or organization.

CLICK HERE to see some popular filters liked by Buzzfeed:

So how can we make our very own Snapchat Geofilter? Take a look at this short clip to find out:

Here is an example of a Geofilter I created for the Peer Leaders Club at NEST+m:


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Content is king! (And did you make some typos?)

As designers, sometimes we get caught up in making everything look great, and we forget to check our work closely. This leads to lots of errors - typos, mis-spellings, styling issues, etc.

So we must proofread. How do we do that? Here are a few tips:

1. Read it out loud and also silently.
2. Read it backwards to focus on the spelling of words.
3. Read it upside down.
4. Use a spell checker and grammar checker as a first screening, but don't depend on them.
5. Have others read it.
6. Read it slowly.

When you find an error, you can mark it up using standard Proofreader's Marks! See a handy list below: