Exercise 03.02: Cutting and Folding Letterform Shape Cube


The goal of this exer­cise is to develop the use of shape to increase visual con­ti­nu­ity and inter­est using print­ing, cut­ting and fold­ing skills.


Design a cube with black and white abstracted let­ter­forms that blur the divi­sion between fig­ure, ground and leg­i­bil­ity. Print, cut and fold the tem­plate file.

Background Reading


Review the pro­vided type spec­i­men sheets for Adobe Gara­mond and Hel­vetica. Choose one to com­plete the remain­der of the exer­cise. Next, select a com­bi­na­tion of six (6) let­ter­forms that pos­sess dynamic appeal­ing visual forms. Sketch the approx­i­mate loca­tion of each let­ter on a box as a guide for cre­at­ing a dig­i­tal ver­sion of the solu­tion. Down­load the “3in_box_template.zip” file from the course server and using the course lec­tures, recre­ate the sketches, crop­ping, scal­ing and adjust­ing the let­ter­form as needed. Ren­der four (4) of the let­ter­forms black on white ground and two (2) white on black ground. No grays or strokes. Con­vert the file to a PDF and print it on the appro­pri­ate heavy weight paper. Con­struct the result­ing box for cri­tique and record a dig­i­tal image. Upload the PDF and  JPG image and the Adobe Illus­tra­tor file to the appro­pri­ate dropbox.


  • The fol­low­ing rubric posted on D2L will deter­mine exer­cise score: Exer­cise Grading


PDF cre­ation, print­ing, fold­ing, scor­ing cutting


Adobe Illus­tra­tor, black and white laser printer, card stock


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