Visual Typography in Parts of Speech

One of the few difficulties I’ve faced in living overseas and taking an online Masters is waiting on textbooks to make their way across the Pacific. For my EdTech 506—Graphic Design for Learning course, I’ve been waiting on my “Creating Graphics for Learning and Performance: Lessons in Visual Literacy” textbook for a few weeks and putting off my assignments while it comes in. Now that it’s finally showed up, I’ve got some back-work to do. Here’s my Week 4 assignment on Typography.


This week’s Graphic Design for Learning assignment took me a little longer than I figured it would, which was strange. The assignment—to make visual typography using 4 key words from last week’s lesson outline—was harder than I thought because grammatical parts of speech are a relatively abstract concept to show in a picture. I think I accomplished the goal pretty well, though. Moving clockwise from the top-left quadrant:

  • Nouns are words used to name a person, place, thing, or idea, so to show “noun”, I made a stick-man to symbolize a person, a house to symbolize a place or thing, the ground to symbolize a place or thing, and a thought-bubble to symbolize an idea, all out of the word “noun”. I think it clearly exemplifies everything a noun can be.
  • Verbs are actions—they’re words that add movement to a sentence, so the simplest and clearest thing for me to do was to throw a motion-blur onto the word. I feel like it gives a bit of an optical illusion of movement to a static image, which makes the word feel like movement.
  • Conjunctions are words that combine sentences or other words together, and whenever I hear them, I think of the famous Schoolhouse Rock song “Conjunction Junction.”

    Perhaps because I was inspired by that song, and perhaps because of the word “junction” always makes me think of train tracks coming together, but I decided to make the t in “conjunction” into a train track junction.
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