DDC founder Aaron Draplin hosted a 60-minute class showing the techniques and challenges of combining type and icons into a circle, a foundational shape of graphic design.
I recently took graphic designer Aaron Draplin’s Skillshare class called Designing in Circles: Packing Type & Icons into a Simple Shape. The project was to create a travel sticker using a circle shape. The class taught:
- Hierarchy, line-weight, and graphic balance
- Key command mastery
- Setting up and wrapping up your document
For my design, I wanted to include a plane that is what came to mind when I thought travel. I knew I wanted a quote about travel somewhere in the circle. I started off with a few sketches to brainstorm some ideas.
I then decided on combining the quotes, “Life is an adventure” and “Take risks.” I also wanted to add a plane and a swoosh behind it as an element of motion. I then got started in Illustrator.
I soon found that there were some problems with overlapping on the plane and bottom part of the circle so I removed it and had the plane stand out more. I liked this approach because it was almost breaking the circle shape a bit.
I then added color and also had a version in light gray against a dark background.
After some feedback, I though a gap between the end of the swoosh and circle would help show the movement more. Here is the final result!