Category: Podcast sticker (Illustrator)

Creating Shapes in Illustrator


Design ideas & design process

For this task I created a social media banner to accompany a podcast for ‘Homegoing’ by Yaa Gyasi. This illustration was one that is inspired by the book cover.

Homegoing book cover
Book cover for ‘Homegoing’ by Yaa Gyasi

I took inspiration from the flowers going up each side of the cover. They looked like simple enough shapes to recreate and an integral part of the design which would create a good link between my social banner design and the book cover. I used the pencil tool to draw the stem and then used the circular tool to create a smooth circle. I then added many smaller circles around the edge and merged the shapes together. This allowed me to create the cloud-like effect of the flowers. For the petals I again used the pencil tool to draw the outline and duplicated the shape for multiple petals. Once I had 1-2 different flowers I just duplicated them to give me multiple flowers across the front of the banner.

Creating the flowers
Creating the flowers





Duplicated flowers

I then moved onto the background. I wanted to use the same colours as the book cover to keep them closely related but I used different shapes. I decided to use a series of wave-like shapes to create a background that was completely original.


After creating the background I added ‘Homegoing’ in the font Futura. I picked this font as it resembled the one used on the book cover but instead of red I chose black to keep it from blending into the background. This font is thick and heavy which makes the text stand out.

Social Media banner


Software tutorials

The task provided me with software tutorials I was able to use and watch prior to starting this task. The first tutorial I watched taught me about using the pencil tool to draw shapes and adjusting the smoothness setting to prevent getting rough lines. This is what allowed me to draw the stems of the flowers I used above. The tutorial also showed how you can edit paths you made by using the pen tool to allow you to achieve the exact shape.

The second tutorial went more in-depth about the pencil tool and shortcuts to draw straight lines. It then talked about the curvature tool where you can set anchor points a long a straight line and make it curved.

Another tutorial allowed me to learn about creating shapes and combining many smaller shapes to create a more detailed shape. This is the technique I used to create the ‘petals’ of the flowers above.

Along with these tutorials I found some of my own online that helped me better understand the tools I needed to use for this task.

Here are a few I found and used to help me with this task.


Design resources and articles

I also found some other resources online that went through creating, combining and cutting shapes to achieve the final shape I wanted. This was the main skill I needed for this task as this allowed me to create the main focus point of the banner, the flowers. It is also the skill I used to create the different coloured waves for my background.


Learning across the module 

Across the whole module I have learned a variety of new skills on multiple softwares, some of which I have never used before. I have learned the basics of After Effects to create animated text and shapes along a timeline to produce a GIF. I have developed my InDesign skills which has also helped me across other modules. I have also been able to learn more about tools in Photoshop, cutting out images cleanly and precisely, editing images, and being able to make different images work together.

I am now used to saving files in different formats that allow me to use them across different softwares. Many problems can arise from not saving files properly and using the wrong formats which prevent you from opening them in certain softwares. I have gained good experience in saving files correctly which immediately prevents problems from occurring.

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TGC Podcast STICKER – Ai Task


Design Ideas and Design process


I started off this project by researching and looking at anything that could inspire me and start a flow of ideas. For me images that have various meaning interest me a lot. I like the challenge of understanding and finding meanings that may not even exist but only you see so I wanted to put that touch of diversity in my project as well. In all my projects (Ps Cover, Id post card, Ai sticker) I use this big bold red bar code. Spotify had a very smart idea, they automatically created bar codes for songs so if you found a sticker or a post with a song code that you liked , you could just scan it and find the song immediately by using the camera on a mobile device. I thought to integrate the barcode in my design so it could be easy to find the podcast and listen to it. The same idea is on the other projects.

For the creation of the sticker it was pretty simple. I created a circle using the ellipse shape tool and inserted text on it by using the text on path tool. I decided to use bold font so it can stand out a bit more and chose to have the “podcast” slightly smaller to prioritize the other text.  For the barcode I used the ellipse shape tool again and created a mask by putting the barcode under the circle.


For my second and third idea I use another image that fascinates. I also used this image in one of my podcast cover ideas. The message that I get from it is how social media has become addictive and fake but it can also mean that you can explore new ideas and find new information that you have never heard or seen before.

Software tutorials

I didn’t really use any tutorials because in school previous years and during Covid I played around a lot with these programs, especially Ai. The most recent new trick I learnt was the one I used on the second sticker which the blur halftone effects. I saw this on an Instagram post by @panter.vison that has tones of videos and images that help you create and inspire.


Design resources and articles

Looking for inspiration is a nonstop thing. I save images constantly so that they can inspire me one day when I need to do a project. I mostly Instagram, Pinterest and Google since they all have a huge variety of different images and themes. The standard for podcast images where studio microphones or headphones so I wanted to design something with a bit more edge to it so that it isn’t something so obvious.

Sticker ideas

Design and idea and Design process

For my first design idea I wanted to focus on developing my stills with the illustrator pen tool as I have had very little experience working with this before. I wanted to create something that stood out son kept the original colouring of the text and used the pen tool to create both the outlines.

This is a demonstration image of me exposing the two ways I could using this tool and figuring out the most effective method.

My next design idea I took a different approach and incorporate the feature image and the main background for my sticker. I did this by using the clipping master tool and snipped the two images together.

I tried to create different depths using different tones within layers that built up in the middle.

I really like how this design turned out as I believe the design fits well with my photoshop and indesign work.

This sticker design idea in my opinion was most effective as I explore I wide range of different different design process that allowed for an interesting sticker to be made.

For this design idea I wanted to focus on the boldness and making things stand out. I used the pen tool to create the icon and made a really thick line to make it stand out from the circles. One main design process that I used in this sticker was the merge tool as a made the two circles separate and combined them for both the main frame and outlines.

Software tutorial 

To create most elements within my stickers I used software tutorials to help guide me throughout. The first video that I found really helpful was a beginners video on how to use the pen tool ( this allowed me to understand the basic features and allow me create lots of experiments with this tool to come to my final sticker ideas. This video did really help but I would like to continue to develop my skills in this area. I started to watch a new video ( will continue to experiment and expand my knowledge in this area.

Another video that I watch and found very helpful was one on removing white background ( Although it was only a simple video it allowed me to master this skill and came in very handy throughout making all my stickers.

One software skill that I would like to improve upon is working with layers as I found it quite difficult to get my head around this. A lot of my layers are just one on top of each other and I would like to develop the skill of intergrading different layers together created more three dimensional effects that are more aesthetically appealing to the eye.

Through this project I believe I have developed my skills a lot from having very little idea I know feel confident using a wide range of tools and methods in illustrate. I look forward to developing these skills more and gaining a better understanding.

Design resources and articles 

The main sources that I used as a form of inspiration Pinterest as well as google images. This allowed me to see previous work and gain knowledge of what is effective with a design for a sticker using these allowed me to come up with unique ideas that would catch someones eye when wearing.

Another source that I found particularly useful was an articular on how to make stickers ( This web articular went through the process of making in illustrator and gave a step my step guide on the process. This allowed me to follow along using some of the process he used in my own work.

One other helpful tool that I used was looking at templates that for example adobe has published. This was useful throughout my hole project but especially the stickers as it allowed me to see what was already out there and understand how colours and layers work well together. (

Typo Stickers for PODCAST!

Design ideas and design process

Coming up with the idea of combining typography within the ‘talking mouth’ was developed during the design process. My initial thought was to create simple and identical stickers using symbolic and geometric shapes. After considering adding several shapes and images, e.g., microphone, dialogue sign, headphone, etc., I finally create the idea by turning the literal meaning of ‘taking about typefaces’ into graphics, by shaping the typography into the shape of a ‘talking mouth’, which shows the designs in below.



Design 1 (final design) (mainly with hand drawn illustration)


As I would like to practice drawing illustration in Adobe illustrator more flexible, I have spent more time on the first design than others to practice drawing smooth lines using the pen tool. My first design (Design 1) then ended up being my final design. By watching Youtube tutorials that teach how to use the drawing tool, I have further learned to use the width tool to adjust the stroke width, as well as the appearance panel to make changes separately and recover things easily. Besides, I have learnt to create wrap text by envelope distort effect and puppet warp tool (Screenshot 1), which these tools is efficient to create stylish typography. As I was aiming to create stylish and more recognizable stickers, I have chosen an analogue colour scheme with bluish-purple and pink, contrasting with a yellow margin. Hopefully, it was more attractive.


Screenshot 1: Wrap effect to the text (envelope distort effect & puppet warp tool)


Screenshot 2: Making the text with lips shape (knife tool to cut the curved shapes from circle > replace the shape with text by Ctrl+Alt+C > puppet warp tool to shape the lips) 


Screenshot 3: Drawing illustrations for decorations (pen tool)



Design 2 (Experiment with 3D text)


Further developing the idea of making the typography into a mouth shape, I then created a 3D version using the blend option (Screenshot 4), as well as shaping the 3D text by using the puppet warp tool that learnt while creating the previous sticker (Screenshot 5).  I remain to choose an analogue colour scheme of Cyan and purple while using gradient colour for the tongue to make it look more realistic. It ended up quite successfully.


Screenshot 4: Creating 3D text (Blend option & puppet warp tool)


Screenshot 5: Apply the 3D text into a curved stroke (blend> replace-spine) ; Shape the 3D text into a mouth pupplet wrap tool



Design 3 (Playing with shapes, letter forms and gradient colour)


In Design 3, I have developed skills in constructing text and adapting gradient colours within designs. I came up with another approach playing around with the composition and different letterforms using the pathfinder tools. The background was filled with gradient shapes and colours using the gradient tool, also drawing of  simplified graphics are added, such as the book in rectangle shape, and the typography pen, both were drawn and constructed with the pathfinder tools.


Screenshot 6: Constructing the text with different letter forms (pathfinder tools)

Screenshot 7: Creating background with gradient-shapes (gradient tool)

Software Tutorials

By learning the fundamental techniques in Adobe illustrator, I began with watching a few resources from Adobe creative cloud for a tutorial like creating monograms and adding texture to illustration, to learn how to write text within a circle using text on a path tool and scissors tool.

For specific techniques, I watch a tutorial from Linkedin learning: illustrator 2021 Essential training by Tony Harmer,  which I found useful and more organisable. It includes a tutorial on almost all tools and even a specific aspect. In Design 1, I have learnt to use shapes and line drawing tools to create a variable-width stroke. It also allows me to develop skills in constructing shapes and forms using pathfinder and shape builder tools. (Screenshot 6)

The most useful technique I have learnt from these design tasks will be using blend options, which I have learnt from several Youtube videos. In How to design a wave shapes gradient background, I learnt to adapt the gradient shape effect using the blending option (Screenshot 7). In Warp Text Into Shapes Illustrator Tutorial , it allows me to further adapt the technique in my design by creating the 3D typography with shapes of talking mouth.

Resources for research and inspiration

I mainly found inspiration from Pinterest (My Stickers inspiration) (Reference picture 1), which provide loads of sticker designs with any styles that allow me to make references with their composition of text and graphics. Furthermore,  99 designs also provide professional stickers desigsn for me to observe how they manage to create an attractive sticker.

By exploring how others shaped the text to a mouth, I found quite a lot of designers have been using the idea (Reference picture 2), so I only make references with the shape of the lips while shaping it with my text and typography style. Lastly, reading the article ‘Top 13 Tips To Create And Print Sticker Designs That Stand Out‘, teaches us how can creating efficient sticker designs. It is said that stickers should look simple while funny, and make things super large to create readable text, so I enlarged my text in my Design 2 as much as it can.

Reference picture 1: My pinterest board (stickers inpiration)


Reference picture 2: By googling ‘Typography mouth’


By reflecting on my design, I think it was not quite successful in my design 3, as the text looks a bit messy with too many small objects, I can improve by unifying the text by using the same gradient colour similar to the background, so it may look more harmonious. Another solution is to enlarge the object and remove the non-necessary part.

At the time, my sticker designs are lack of funny elements to attract the audience. In future design, I need to improve on the skills of developing creative ideas and reflect on how I can create more eye-catching stickers with simple graphics. For example, I can use contrasting visual elements, line strokes or simple characters in order to make my designs more interesting. Besides, I may get more inspiration from other artists. To develop my skill further, I still want to practice using the pen tools and other tools that I haven’t used in Adobe illustrator.

Exploring Tools in Illustrator

Design Ideas & Design Process

As I approached this task, I knew my main priority was to become more familiar with the software and more specifically tools in the software, whilst keeping the brief in mind. This explains my widely varied designs. After searching for inspiration I had lots of ideas that I wanted to develop, and skills I wanted to master.

Design 1

Figure 1 – Final sticker design 1

BMW, BBC, NBA, KFC. All these brands are known by a 3 letter acronym. My first idea stemmed from this concept. I chose to shorten the title of the podcast to the 3 letters as it creates a brand which is more memorable than an independent podcast. In my design I have highlighted the abbreviated title to draw attention to it, which was my aim when going through the design process.

Design 2

Figure 2 – Final Sticker design 2

Here I wanted to concentrate on developing solely text-based skills. To achieve the handwritten look I was after, I selected a calligraphic font as I feel like this portrayed my goal successfully. When researching I had seen multiple stickers with a vague silhouette of the design acting as a border/outline which inspired me to experiment with this idea, hence why there are multiple shadow layers to this design.

Design 3

figure 3 – Final sticker design 3

Typography is all about words. When said, the word itself has “type” in it, and this design reflects exactly that. A book has tens of thousands of words in it and is usually the first thing people think of when the topic of conversation is words. After watching a tutorial, I learnt how to create this book-like effect which I think conveys the theme of typography perfectly.

Software Tutorials

Design 1

Figure 4 – Using type on path tool 

For continuity, I designed a sticker based on one of my previous podcast covers where I used smart filters, the liquify tool and a clipping masking in Photoshop to create the effect of the distorted TGC. Once I had moved this to Illustrator, I drew a circle around it and used the type on path tool (Figure 4) to add the smaller text around the edge of the sticker, creating a border highlighting the abbreviation. I edited the size of the outer text so it joined as a complete circle.

Wrap Text Around A Circle with Adobe Illustrator | Beginner Tutorial

Design 2

figure 5 – using offset path and merge tool 

Figure 6 – without typographic brush strokes

figure 7 – with typographic brush strokes

To emphasize the text, I added a black shadow by duplicating the text, then I expanded, blended and merged the letters together. Additionally, I increased the stroke weight so it was a thick, bold shadow. The use of copy and paste came in handy for this design as I created multiple shadows. The blue shadow behind the white text came from duplicating it, changing the colour and using the selection tool to position it slightly down and to the right of the foremost layer. To enhance the hand-drawn effect, I added some brush stroke-looking shapes using the pen tool, incorporating bezier curves to intensify the sections of the letters that cross over another (Figure 7).

How To Create Custom Type Designs in Adobe Illustrator

Design 3

figure 8 – using free transform tool

figure 9 – using blend & anchor tools 

figure 10 – moving text position 

The free transform tool helped me achieve the opening book-like effect. Taking two copies of the word, I morphed them so they were the very outer and inner “pages” (Figure 8). Using the blend tool, I was able to fill the gaps with a desirable number of copies and then adjust the positioning using the anchor tool. I then used the gradient fill tool to give the look of them disappearing into the background, enhancing the book effect (Figure 9). After using the rotation and reflection tools to create the rest of the book, I experimented with the positioning of the remaining text (Figure 3 & Figure 10). In the end I decided upon the first option (Figure 3) because the writing isn’t completely legible in the second one.

Flip Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator | Blending, Reflect & Gradient | Graphic design

Design Resources & Articles

Design 1

figure 11 – BMw logo comparison (2020s v 1970s)

My inspiration for this design was the branding of BMW. Above is the logo from the 1970s along with the current one (Figure 11). My sticker shape reflects the main shape of both logos, a circle. The slight involvement of colour means you are drawn to it so I used this idea for my design for the extended title, as that is an important piece of information. This helped develop my work in terms of hierarchy and the order in which the viewer will see the information.

Design 2

figure 12 – sticker sold on

The solid theme throughout this website’s stickers is the bubble-like border around the designs. It gives the illusion that the design is much more prominent than the background colour and this is a way of manipulating the viewer to look at certain information. I applied this to my own work and the results are successful in that you are really drawn to the word ‘typography’, like it is almost jumping out of the page.

Design 3

Book designer David Pearson returns to Penguin's bestselling series, Great Ideas

figure 13 – Book cover designed by david pearson 

Earlier this term, David Pearson, a successful book designer, led one of our Baseline Shift sessions and this particular design of his stood out to me. The concept of making shapes and letters out of words really intrigued me so I wanted to build on this idea in my own way. The result of this was the idea of creating the shape of a book as part of my sticker design, as books have a strong link with typography and graphic communication.


Blog Post on Illustrator Sticker Task

Design Ideas and Process

Figure 1 – Design 1
Figure 2 – Design 2
Figure 3 – Design 3










Starting off my illustrator project, my main focus was to tie together my indesign and photoshop tasks, seeing as the idea for the project as a whole was to create material for a podcast it made sense to tie them together as a set, however, my indesign and photoshop work was very different in design so to have the 3 pieces as a full set I wanted to tie them together with this project and use elements from both in this design.

Figure 4 – Indesign task
Figure 5 – Photoshop Task








My initial idea for the illustrator task (figure 1) stemmed from the form of the microphone image I used in the photoshop task (figure 5), I took the same image into illustrator and drew the outline of it using the pen tool, my initial idea was just to use the silhouette of this image and have a very basic background using the shape created, however after creating it I decided I would add slightly more detail to the silhouette to allow it to be more easily understood to be a microphone, especially if the user had seen the actual podcast cover (figure 5), having the microphone sticker with slightly more detail as a base flat simple image allowed me to branch out into colour very easily because of the simple style and shape, it was from here that I added in the colours that I’d used in my indesign project (figure 4) using the iconic pink and blue to create a vibrant sticker (figure 2), with the task itself being to create a sticker I found that having bright colours made sense because the function of the sticker is to stand out against any background and be noticeable no matter where it is stuck. From this point I decided that text wouldn’t need to be a huge part of the sticker itself because the bright colours allowed it to be noticeable, this meant I could embed the text into the shape which I did, creating an emphasis on the word podcast by making it larger, I also decided that I’d cut the text into the shape to simplify it down more, I wanted the sticker to consist of 2 colours and only if necessary three, also cutting the text into the microphone silhouette shape meant that it flowed better within the shape as a whole and the text didn’t just look like an afterthought addon. Finally, I decided to bring in some more elements, the lines dots and squiggles, from my indesign task (figure 4) and add them onto the sticker (figure 3), this meant that the sticker tied the 3 designs together much better, however I eventually decided that this made the sticker itself too crowded which defeated the design I’d originally gone for, so I decided that figure 2 would be my final design.

Initial shape creation and tracing
Continue tracing
Collapse all traces into a single shape










Added background layer and start on details
Added text and more details
Added ‘shadow’ to right side
Put in full background and perf/cut lines











Software Tutorials

When it came to software tutorials, my main focuses for illustrator were learning how to use the pen tool better and I also wanted to improve my use of layers within illustrator, as this is something that I’ve not done before, and it’s led to issues in past projects.

The main illustrator tutorial I used was an in-depth video on the pen tool inside illustrator by ‘tutvid’ on YouTube, focusing on using it for creating very custom paths and shapes. This video helped me learn to create the simplified microphone shape for my sticker, this wouldn’t have been anywhere near as easy without the pen tool, the amount of iteration and detail needed if I’d done this using basic shapes prebuilt inside illustrator and editing the anchor points that way would’ve taken way too long in comparison. Furthermore, using the pen tool as opposed to another option or method, meant that I had the paths built in aw way that I understood and could utilise properly later on when I wanted to add more detail or customise the shape, the paths became easy to use and simple, because I could limit the amount of anchor points, I’d used it meant I could manipulate the shape perfectly. The tutorial specifically explains how to use the pen tool for tracing a shape and how to get the angles and curves you want properly and how to refine them down to be exactly correct to the image you want to create.

The video also touched on certain shortcuts and key binds you can use when using the pen tool to allow you to quickly create certain types of joins in the shape or certain Bezier curves, these shortcuts and commands are something that I’d like to develop further now so I can more efficiently use the tool in future. – This is the tutorial I used.


Design Resources and Articles

When I was looking into shortcuts and quick commands I could use inside of illustrator I came across a default keyboard shortcuts article by adobe, this article highlights all of the keyboard shortcuts inside illustrator and is particularly useful as they’re well grouped into sections and easy to sift through to find what you need quickly, I spent time going through this article to learn some new shortcuts that would hopefully allow me to more effectively utilise the given tools inside illustrator. As well as a list of every shortcut for illustrator the article also has downloads for ‘one page reference’ sheets, one for both mac and windows users, this download is a very useful and precise list of the most helpful shortcuts for illustrator, I saw this as a list of shortcuts that it would probably be necessary to learn off by heart, and then from there I can go and learn the more specific niche shortcuts as and when I need them from the full list on the original article. – this is the article I used

Experimenting with layers in Illustrator

  1. Final Outcome Design Idea 

For my sticker design, I wanted to an image that was eye catching. In order to do this, I decided to experiment with combining shapes and images using the resources Illustrator has .

2. Creating a Clipping Mask

                    I found a tutorial on YouTube that demonstrates how to combine an image and shape using the ‘Clipping Mask’ effect. How to do Clipping Mask in Illustrator – 2 MINUTE Tutorial – YouTube The process is when you select both images making sure that the ‘shape’ is on top, then go to ‘Object’, ‘Clipping Mask’ then ‘Mask’. I used a print that combined different typefaces to visually demonstrate the use the content of the Podcast.

3. Combining the two chosen shapes 

I wanted to experiment with two shapes rather than the traditional one, as it would provide more space for experimentation. I placed the blank star slightly on top as the star with the print provided a nice background design.


Type Talk

Design Ideas & Process

Type Talk. A title that’s rather straight to the point and quite representative of a podcast. The whole title “Typography and Graphic Communication” is quite the mouthful and not the most catchy for an up and coming podcast, so I decided to use something with a bit more impact– after all, that’s what design is about, right?

Design 1

I wanted my first sticker to resemble a logo/sub mark to represent the podcast. I decided to try and achieve a clean, modern look. In order to accomplish this, I wanted the letters to come together seamlessly and in a way that looked merged, but also holds distinction between the two letters. This required me to research how to create an outline to then subtract from the other vector. I used the ‘Offset path’ function to create this outline( shown in Screen Capture (SC) 1), I learned that I could use the shape builder tool to eliminate extra parts – this made the letters look combined while allowing a breathable space between which lends a vital hand in making the sticker look clean. After creating the stars (SC 4 & 5), I then experimented with offset paths to create different coloured outlines of the stickers as a solid background (SC 6-7.1). I chose a light blue as it contrasts well with the main elements being black (SC 8).

SC 1: Making an offset path
SC 2: Using the shape builder tool
SC 3: The finished result
SC 4: Drawing ovals to make stars
SC 5: Using pucker and bloat to make stars
SC 6: Making an overall outline
SC 7: Experimenting with different fills and outlines
SC 7.1: More experimentation
SC 8: Final design
SC 9: Adding die-cut lines

Design 2

This second design focused more on developing the skills I had learned from making the first sticker, namely using the offset paths. It is much simpler than the first sticker and only makes use of a few tools in Illustrator, however it still benefits me in the sense that it helps me to practice the skills I already have which is just as important as learning new ones. I made a speech bubble using the ellipse and pen tools, then combining them using ‘unite’ from the pathfinder window (shown in SC 1); while adjusting the bezier points as I learned how to do more efficiently using shortcuts in Integrated Design Methods, I saw that the corner point of the speech bubble didn’t fit the look I was going for, so I rounded it (SC 1.1)– creating an overall softer look. I chose the font MADE Dillan, as it had a heavier weight as well as rounded serifs, which added to the soft and welcoming design I wanted (SC 2). After all the base shapes were made, I experimented with the offset path and created outlines for the text and the speech bubble, then changed the colours. I chose Pantone colours 13-1520 and 15-3919 as they compliment each other very well and are quite subdued. Choosing specific colours also helped me to learn how colour swatches in Illustrator work and how to get them (SC 3-6).

SC 1: Making the speech bubble
SC 1.1: Uniting the shapes and making the stroke heavier
SC 2: Adding text
SC 3: Outlining the text using offset path
SC 4: Altering the colours
SC 5: Changing the outline colour
SC 5.1: Adding another outline
SC 6: Adding die-cut lines




















Design 3

For my final design, I learned more new techniques to challenge myself. As I am fairly familiar with the Illustrator software, I wanted to make a sticker using features that either I haven’t used before or am still getting to know. While thinking of the design, I came across my Bauhaus inspired InDesign postcard and thought to bring some of those elements over into this sticker, mainly the angular and abstract shapes as well as the colours being loosely based off the primary colours. I created and outlined the text, as well as making a division in the word ‘TYPE’ to make some visual interest (SC 1). Then I used the effects window, went to 3D and selected Extrude & Bevel; I chose ‘Isometric Top’ to make the text look as though it was facing up (SC 2). To create the effect of depth and lighting, I selected the relevant areas and used the gradient tool to add shading onto the outer edges of the letters and darker colours to the inner gaps (SC 3-4), then to accentuate the letters and add more dimension, I used the pen tool to add white highlights (SC 5-6). Finally, to tie the whole design together as a sticker, I worked on choosing a shape to have as the main base of the sticker and act as its main outline. After experimenting with different shapes, I settled on an ellipse as it creates an even overall shape and plays into the perspective of the type without looking uneven, unlike squares or other polygons. For the background colour I chose a mid yellow to orange, as it compliments both the purple and the blue used.

SC 1: Adding text
SC 2: Using 3D effects (Extrude & Bevel)
SC 3: Adding shadows using gradients
SC 4: Altering colours
SC 5: Adding highlights using the pen tool
SC 5.1: Looking at the highlights from afar
SC 6: Adding a background shape
SC 7: Adding stars
SC 8: Adding die-cut lines

Software tutorials

As I have previous experience with Illustrator, I was able to proficiently use basic features such as the pen tool and pathfinder tool. However I thought that just using what I already knew would not help me develop my skills, thus negating the aim of this project and module.

For the first two stickers, I knew that I could have just drawn outlines I wanted with the pen tool, but this would have taken a very long time and start a long, never ending mission of accurately trying to adjust every curve and line as we were shown in Integrated Design Methods. This encouraged me to look for a way to create outlines without having to draw them myself. A quick search on Youtube lead me to this tutorial which taught me about the ‘Offset Path’ feature; which creates an outline with a specified offset, meaning that it can be as far away or as close as you’d like. Once the outline is created, it acts as a normal stroke, which allows you to alter the stroke weight or switch it to a fill if desired. I used it both ways, however I’d like to experiment with it more to see what kinds of artwork I can create with it, and if different effects could be applied over it to make it even more visually appealing.

For the third sticker design, I wanted some more guidance on the effects panel and the different things it had to offer. While searching for tutorials, this one caught my eye, so I decided to use the basic premise of the effect and add my own flair to make the sticker more original and fit into the aesthetic I wanted. Once the chosen text as outlined, I used the extrude and bevel effect and set it to isometric top. However unlike the tutorial, I used only one layer to make the text look more solid as opposed to the different coloured layers in the tutorial. I have attempted to make an effect like this during my A-Level projects, but I had always used the blending options, and it never occurred to me to use the 3D effects. Creating the gradients and stars were already skills that I knew, but using them again helped me to develop and practice them.

Design resources and articles

Inspiration pic 1:
Inspiration pic 2:
Inspiration pic 3:

My inspiration for the stickers was taken from these three sets of stickers I found while scrolling through Behance. The first picture shows a similar merged letter effect that I aimed to achieve in the first sticker, the second shows the repeated outline I used in the second sticker, and the third picture shows the 3D/isometric view of text that I applied in the third sticker. These pictures all caught my eye because while they’re all distinctly different, there’s an element of fun to them that I wanted to try and capture in my own designs. I also decided to use these as inspiration because they all included features that I had never tried to recreate on my own, which allowed me to develop my skills closer to a professional standard as demonstrated by the pictures above. In the future I would like to explore each of the concepts I created around my stickers further and possibly develop them into unique branding ideas and aesthetics.


By doing this task I have improved my general knowledge of the program and have used more complex effects. I have also learned that there is more than one way of doing something, and some ways produce different results. I feel that I need to improve my efficiency in using the program by learning more keyboard shortcuts past the realm of basic ones like the selection arrows and the pen tools. Though it may seem abstract, I would also like to improve on the way I view my own work, because at times I find myself being caught up in details that don’t end up being necessary, and trying to overcomplicate designs to make them look more complex when they don’t need to be.

Overall I really enjoyed this task as it had a lot of creative freedom, which allowed me to freely experiment with different styles. Even though I have used Illustrator before, I never looked further into the different features available, however this task let me do that and create designs I am happy with, as well as develop new skills to be used in the future.

Clipping Details



Design ideas and design process


Early on, why did I choose the Illustrator task to present my blog post you might ask. In short, it’s the one I enjoyed the most and had so much fun in experimenting and trying new stuff. I believe that the more you go to the extreme the better the outcome; after all, what’s art without failing a couple of times and why does the Command Z button exist?


2nd Design Sticker: Using Gradient, Blending mode, and reducing opacity.
3rd Design Sticker: Using reverse Gradient, Neon effect, and vertical text.
Final Design: Using Clipping mask, drop shadow effect, and adding texture.


I always thought that Illustrator was just a drawing app and I didn’t give it much thought and effort. It was until now that my design brain shifted towards thinking outside the box in order to develop my skills further. This encouraged me to start my 2nd design sticker using skills and tools I never thought off. I tried to do it as close as possible to to my 2nd podcast cover as I drew a podcast microphone coming out of a portal and extracted all the colors from it. I also used gradient to all my colors and tried to change the blending mode as much as possible. As to my 3rd design sticker, I thought it would look good to also represent a podcast microphone but to try and do it in a different way so it would match my 3rd podcast cover. I did the Neon effect and tried to show depth and motion in it using the gradient colors and the drop shadow effect. As for my final design sticker, which happens to be named 1st design sticker cause It represented my 1st podcast cover, I tried to use the clipping mask and pathfinder tool as much as possible. And that’s how I came up with the title, “Clipping Details” and as Christian Marclay said, “Art is all in the details”. At first, I used three simple rectangles and put them next to each other on top of a background using the exact colors of my 1st podcast cover (figure 1). Then, I used the pathfinder tool to delete the edges of the smaller rectangles so they would have the same area as each other (figure 2). I used the clipping mask tool to remove some parts of the rectangles and added some color details to it (figure 3). After that, I used the shear tool in order to remove the symmetry in my design as it looked too basic and used the drop shadow effect to add some depth (figure 4). I added texture using the clipping mask tool and added typography by removing parts of the rectangle (figure 5). Finally, I added a small sun like figure with the same texture and typography to make it a little interesting (figure 6). And voila, a simple sticker that I got to be proud of.


Figure 1: Creating simple shoes and a background
Figure 2: Using pathfinder tool
Figure 3: Adding texture and using Clip mask
Figure 4: Shear effect and drop shadow effect
Figure 5: Adding textures typography by clipping mask and downloading a texture
Figure 6: Adding multiple circles and lowering their opacity to create a sunbeam



Software tutorials


I used many tutorials in order to develop my design stickers and I chose the three I benefited of the most of to present here. In the 1st illustrator tutorial, I learned how to use the pathfinder tool. Although it was hard at first, I really got the hand of it as I used it many times in my final sticker and practiced using it to the extreme in other projects as well! As for the 2nd tutorial, I discovered the art of gradient and how to play with the opacity to show depth and kind of like a 3D movement that we anticipate heads on. For me, the 3rd tutorial was the hardest. Believe me or not, but I repeated the video 5 times to understand it well. I learned how to use the blending mode as I tried to use soft light, color dodge, overlay, and screen mode in order to move my 2ndpodcast sticker to the extreme! To be honest, I still think I need to develop my blending mode skills further. I saw what professionals can do with it and I wanna try and beat them with my creativity as they have the upper hand on how to use the software right now. I also want to develop my skills in the effects tools since I didn’t watch many tutorials on it, but I tried playing around with most of the effects on my free time.



Design resources and articles


I didn’t use many design articles for these projects because I thought that videos would benefit me more. During the process however, I sought out some design articles because I wanted to understand some stuff that I was having troubles with. For the 1st article, I read about the blending modes in details and tried to understand them one by one. Unfortunately, I still suffer from this tool as I need to practice it more; but I believe that with time I’ll know when to use each mode on spot. As for the 2nd article, I understood how to draw with simple shapes and get amazing results. It helped me finish a whole project with the minimal amount of time. Although these 2 articles were helpful, I think that the 3rd article helped me the most! Given in mind it’s the simplest of them all, a tutorial to how to clip mask was essential. I used this tutorial to develop my final podcast sticker further as I added texture using a clipping mask.

I believe all the tutorials were very helpful and I think this module really increased my skills in every software we were given. I finally know the exact purpose of each of the software and I can develop my skills way further than that!

Podcast Sticker

Design ideas and design process

This is my first time using Illustrator for graphic design. I rarely use stickers in my life, so I searched for pictures of stickers. I wanted to make a simple and cute style. It took me some time to understand what is Cutcontourkiss and Cutcontourperf, then I started to search for some videos to teach you how to use InDesign.

I like ice cream so I want to design an ice cream shape sticker, so I search some pictures about the ice cream, and I want to show the ice cream melting, I think that would be more interesting, so I make it like this.

And then I saw a video to teach you how to make a sticker, and the designer taught people how to make a shape of cloud so I practice and try to make one.

After that I want to make a sticker in a square way, I want to make it look like an app logo so I make it a little bit like Instagram’s logo, so it looks very simple but also colourful.

Software Tutorial

Illustrator is not as difficult to use as I thought. In fact, it is very convenient and concise, so that I, a beginner, can have a good experience without much pressure. I tried to use different graphics to form a pattern I want, and I used several circles to form a cloud shape. Using illustrator is really interesting.

But I still don’t know more about the functions of illustrator. I’m just using it to do basic things. After watching some teaching videos, I understand that it can do many works belonging to different media. I hope I can continue to use it to make better works in the future.

Design Resources and article

I found and watched two teaching videos. One is to teach you how to draw the outline of stickers, and the other is to teach you how to make basic graphics with illustrator and then modify it to make it a lovely sticker. All the graphics are composed of different graphics, which makes users feel very convenient and inspires me to think differently.