Assignment 02.04: Opposites Attract


The goal of this assign­ment is to use com­mu­ni­cate abstractly through the use of symbols.


The objec­tive of this assign­ment is to cre­ate a series of three sym­bols that illus­trate (and com­bine) oppo­sites using Adobe Illustrator.

Background Reading


Plan, cre­ate, develop and pro­duce a sim­ple abstract sym­bol that com­mu­ni­cates the mean­ing of the cho­sen term pair. Com­bine the result­ing solu­tion into a hybrid third mark. Repro­duce the sym­bol as directed on the attached template.

Part One

Choose a few term pairs from the list below. Research those pairs, and then choose one to pro­ceed. Sketch a min­i­mum of 20 solu­tions to the pair, rep­re­sent­ing at least three (3) con­cepts and sev­eral visual vari­a­tions on form. Explore var­i­ous styl­is­tic deriv­a­tives includ­ing var­i­ous shapes (free-form, geo­met­ric, etc), high-con­trast images, and var­i­ous art styl­is­tic tech­niques (paint-like, print-like, etc). You are lim­ited to black and white vec­tor art­work only. Type, gra­di­ents or tints are not allowed. Choose the best pair and pro­ceed to the computer.

  • Admit-Deny
  • Ancient-Mod­ern
  • Ascend-Descend
  • Begin­ning-End
  • Bright-Dim
  • Sharp-Dull
  • Ebb-Flow
  • Fre­quent-Sel­dom
  • Implode-Explode
  • Inflate-Deflate
  • Pri­vate-Pub­lic

Part Two

Using Adobe Illus­tra­tor, cre­ate a vec­tor ver­sion of each oppo­site sym­bol. Once com­pleted, com­bine the two marks into a third sym­bol. Use the pathfinder and sim­i­lar tools to recre­ate the mark as a work­ing file, and the com­bine the var­i­ous lay­ers to cre­ate a final­ized graphic. Present all ver­sions of vec­tor illus­tra­tions includ­ing oppo­site sym­bols and com­bined third for review. Prints for cri­tique. PDF for grading.

Part Three

Com­plete the project tem­plate with the sym­bols as directed. Print this final Part, and save a PDF ver­sion of this file in the appro­pri­ate D2L dropbox.


  • The fol­low­ing rubric posted on D2L will deter­mine assign­ment score: Assign­ment 02.04: Oppo­sites Attract


Pen tool, Pathfinder Palette, Sav­ing, file struc­ture, PDF creation


Lay­out paper, pen­cil, Adobe Illus­tra­tor and/or Pho­to­shop, access to b/w and color laser printer, tem­plate file(.zip)


As defined by cor­re­spond­ing cal­en­dar item, drop­box, dis­cus­sion or con­tent topic description.