A02: Image + Text


In this project you will explore the image/text relationship and how they work together to form meaning. The text you add should enhance the audience's understanding or create a new perspective on your work.

Due: PDF uploaded to Canvas before the Week 7 lecture.


In Scott McCloud's chapter of Understanding Comics entitled "Show and Tell," he identifies seven common word-image relationships unique to comics. McCloud explains that "people have a misconception that the combination of image and text is 'simplistic'."

The second project builds upon the first. In your first project you used compositional skills to support idea and intention in your work. In your second project you will add the dimension of text. Text and image must work together to create a new meaning.


Based on McCloud's categorization system (listed below), create four different image/text combinations.

Two of your images will be taken by you and two will be from another source such as the internet (you must include a citation). You will be expected to select an appropriate font to work with your image/text combination. All aspects of visual communication from composition, selection of text and selection of font must be considered together.


  1. Your 4 image/text combinations. (Make sure to cite images that are not yours)

  2. Clear labels indicating what type of image/text combinations you have formed

  3. A reflection on the process (750 word maximum), which should cover:

  4. An analysis (500 word maximum), which should cover:

Please remember that for any written component that makes use of others' ideas should reference them clearly using appropriate and consistent formatting (i.e. MLA, APA).

Final Delivery

Final deliverables are due to Canvas before the lecture on week 4. Please remember that professionalism in your submission is important:

Late Submissions

Late submissions receive a 10% penalty per day late.

Grading Rubric

This assignment is worth 20% of your final grade, with each requirement receiving points as outlined below.

  1. Your 4 image/text combinations (4 points)
  2. Appropriate labels for the image/text combinations (2 points)
  3. A reflection on the process (6 points)
  4. An analysis (4 points)
  5. Application of design principles (4 points)