postering nominee – 25%

You and a partner are going to select a McDaniel professor who meets the criteria for the Ira G. Zepp Teaching Award and begin creating a portfolio for him/her/zer. The posters (you’ll be making two for this project but using one in the portfolio) are the first step in this process. The posters have two purposes:  1. They are promotional material highlighting your nominee’s teaching qualities and 2. They (or a version of them) will be the cover/first page of the web portfolio you and your partner will create which holds all the nomination documents (i.e., letters, video interviews, and other appropriate material).

First though you have to send me a proposal for your poster. Follow the proposal directions.

Then you have to send me mock-ups of the posters. Mock-up Directions

Then you complete the posters!

Due dates are on the calendar.

the posters (15%)

Each poster must have different layouts/arrangements and should utilize different imagery be drastically different in style. While both posters are made together, each of you should be the primary designer and writer for one of the posters.

what you will get out of the task

  • An upping of your digital knowledge of Photoshop.
  • An upping of your digital knowledge of Adobe Spark.
  • An upping of your design skills and writing of persuasive texts.

task constraints

  • Both posters should be made using Adobe Spark and utilize Photoshop  to get things just right.
  • Both posters need to be Adobe Spark “Start form scratch” ->”Graphic”->”Print”->”Poster.” It should be 11in. X 17in.
  • Both posters must use pictures from approved visual image galleries or pictures you’ve taken.
  • Both posters must use the same information (i.e., like facts about the nominees) to communicate promotion and demotion.
  • Both posters must have a works cited page in MLA style of visual images used. Make it stylish and connected to poster in theme so it can be off to the side.


You’ll be evaluated using this rubric: Rubric

the rhetorical analysis (10%)

Once you are finished with your poster, EACH of you will write a short analysis (between 1000-1400 words) using at least FOUR different sources from class readings, explaining the decisions you made in making your posters and their purpose. This analysis asks you to examine what you created rhetorically and describe the moves you made in constructing the poster. You know, why did you use that color? Why that word instead of that word? Or how did you use a symbol here and there? Your analysis helps you become more active and aware in the learning process, focusing on not only what you have learned, but also on how you learned it.

You do not need to answer all these questions. Only use them to guide your analysis.

  • What is your purpose and how is it connected to your design?
  • How did you negotiate the constraints of the task?
  • How do you want an audience to interpret your poster?
  • Who is your audience?
  • Why the heck do you think your poster is successful?
  • What effect/s do you think the design will have on readers/viewers and why?
  • How did your design utilize ethos/pathos/logos?

analysis expectations

Your analysis must have a main point or thesis that provides an overall argument about your design your posters. Your analysis should be organized with a clear beginning, support, and conclusion. Your analysis may use first-person but must be written in a formal tone and be free from grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors. Use MLA for in-text and end-text citations.


You’ll be evaluated using this rubric: Analysis Rubric