Week 30: Create a punchy typographic Xmas gif, then we show you how to embed in your email signature!

Create 3-7 quick beautiful typographic systems (we chose a Xmas theme because it's that time of year) you can chose any theme. We show you how to host the GIF online and how to html embed in your email signature for the world to see. You can also use this GIF for any manner of designs or email content. Below this brief we give you a simple step by step guide on how to install your GIF in Gmail.

Beginner

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Create 3 simple typographic systems using any 2 colours. Use the typefaces you have on your system already. It is not necessary to use vector images if you find this too advanced.

Intermediate

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Create 5-7 simple typographic systems using colours of your choice, 3 is probably the maximum to use for the best effect. Add this to your email signature via html if you like.

Advanced

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Create 5-7 simple to complex typographic systems using colours of your choice, 3 is probably the maximum to use for the best effect. You may like to undertake hand lettering if you have the skills to do so. Add this to your email signature via html if you like.

Time Allocated

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Beginner: 2 Hours -- Create an animated GIF using 3 typographic systems. Save as an animated GIF through https://gifmaker.me. Intermediate: 2 Hours -- Create an animated GIF using 5-7 simple typographic systems. Save as an animated GIF through gifmaker.me. Upload to Google Images or via your IT Dept. Test how you go at changing your email signature html with the html code. Advanced: 4 Hours -- Create an animated GIF using 5-7 simple to hand lettered typographic systems. Save as an animated GIF through gifmaker.me. Upload to Google Images or via your IT Dept . Test how you go at changing your email signature html with the html code. Then take the challenge of adjusting your email signature in your email client preferences. You may need some help from Google for this one.

Design Goals

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Create an animated GIF to showcase online.

Constraints

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Use Adobe Illustrator, limit the palette to 3 colours.

Resources

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Software

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  • illustrator
    Adobe Illustrator

    Layers, Pathfinder, Pattern, Typography, Brush Tool

  • other-software
    Other

    HTML Email Signature

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