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Niki Jacob - Advertising Art & Design Instructor

ISOMETRIC DESIGN

Isometric illustrations may have been around for decades, but in 2020 they came out screaming!

Isometric viewpoints are used by engineers and architects as a way of visually showing their sketches on a blueprint. You may not know this design trend by name, but it’s likely that you’ve seen it utilized many times across infographics, websites, motion graphics, mobile apps, GPS directions and in video games like The Sims.

Isometric illustrations are engaging and effective, making them a popular design choice for businesses now and for years to come. Why is that? Let’s take a closer look.

1. Isometric Design & Illustration

2. Practice #1

Grab graph paper, follow along with the video to the left, and draw everything they do.

Let’s play with the Legos and recreate the object made on the graph paper. 

DELIVERABLES

  1. Create 5 objects with the Legos
  2. Recreate the 5 legos objects by sketching them on graph paper with full tonal shading.

3. Practice #2

Isometric Icons are one of the hottest trends in the industry today. They can be used for everything. But you already learned that. Watch the video again and again and recreate the icons in Illustrator using just one artboard.

  1. You will need your 5 icons sketched from yesterday.
  2. Google Search “Isometric Icons”, find 5 other isometric icons.
  3. Recreate all 10 icons in Adobe Illustrator.

REMEMBER: These are only icons.

4. Project

For this project, you will take a photo of a room in your house.

  • You will then recreate the room on isometric graph paper.
  • Remember to have tonal shading on all three sides.

If you need to watch the room building video again, do so.

DELIVERABLES

  1. Photo of your room
  2. Isometric of your room with tonal shading.
  3. Must have at least 2 walls.
  4. Add the final room to the class artboard on the Shared drive. You choose where you would like it to sit on the artboard.

5. People

Let’s move along and this time let’s create some isometric people.

Let’s follow along with the video and create 2 people.

DELIVERABLES

  1. 1 person front view (any position)
  2. 1 person’s back view (any position)

6. Advanced Advertisement

Create an advertisement for a local company, or yours. Maybe a pizza place? Advertisement example below.

DELIVERABLES

  1. Preset of Large Web Graphic
  2. At least 1 person
  3. Isometric icons depicting something happening
  4. the headline of that something happening
  5. Lorem Ipsum for verbiage below
  6. CTA – Call to Action button below.
 
You can use items from previous projects.

7. Advanced Infographic Poster

Create an advertisement for a local company, or yours. Maybe a pizza place? Advertisement example below.

DELIVERABLES

  1. Preset: Print, 24″x36″, CMYK, 300dpi
  2. Isometric icons depicting something happening
  3. The headline of that something happening
  4. Lorem Ipsum for verbiage below
  5. CTA – Call to Action button below.
 
You can use items from previous projects.