For this project, we were supposed to create a poster (I think with an advertisement mentality to inform others about it) for a holiday. I think we were also required to create the poster in Illustrator. We could pick an existing holiday or create our own. Naturally, I choose Video Games Day, which, believe it or not, is actually a real holiday! I knew the phrase I wanted to have on the poster since the beginning (“Respect you elders!”), but I went through two major designs. I knew that I wanted to use an old game to keep with the spirit of the phrase, but I couldn’t decide between Pac-Man or Mario. I think the reason I ended up choosing Mario was because I decided he was a more iconic character than Pac-Man and that more people, both young and old, would recognize him. I also liked the more basic design I had for Mario than the visually more complex Pac-Man design.
I also had some other ideas for holidays, and those preliminary posters can be seen below.