This gallery shows some of the many, many, many possibilities.

This is a poster I recently made for the department of graphic design, here at Virginia Commonwealth University. The poster is shows the name of the lecturer (Cheyenne Rivers), the location, time and date of the event. Yet, what is most interesting about this design (at least for me) is that instead of creating a poster, I created a visual system. Basically, I created a piece of software (with Processing) that outputs a different poster every time it is asked to generate one. In a nutshell, the code goes something likes this:

Create a rectangle

Put the text in the top left corner and in the middle right

Choose a random color

After this, the software goes:

Move the rectangle

Rotate the rectangle

Increase the Hue of the rectangle by 1

Place the text (this time, smaller)


The idea is to create a system that is able to be used continually in many different settings. The poster is dynamic and can change at any moment. Also, each poster created is, in its own way, unique. This serves as a methodology in which digital design can achieve something that is basically impossible in its analog counterpart, yet retains some of that uniqueness that is so appealing about analog design.

This idea of creating systems of visual design that are dynamic is what I wish to explore in my thesis. More specifically, I wish to explore the relationship between content and form in these systems.

These were the final posters selected (in digital format):

This gallery shows the poster out there in the world, printed in some parts of VCU: