Transcription Art: Text to Image


Students were asked to produce original designs using visual literacy, sound design and basic animation to respond to a quote of their choice. Their goal was to transcribe text into visual representations so vivid that the quote would undeniably be recognized in their visual design. Most of them worked in pairs using a variety of techniques in mixed media and design. Along the way, discoveries were made about visual language and it wasn’t long before some students selected quotes that were basically visual instructions on how to represent text in image. Other students selected abstract quotes and in these instances, students were asked to push their ideas further by using symbols.


“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no-one alive who is Youer than You.” – Happy Birthday to You by Doctor Seuss

Design by Illiana Guirant and Halan Castrejon


“Life was good before I met the monster.” – Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Design by Ryan Collins and Daniela Ortiz-Mendez


“It’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out.” – The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

 Design by Emily Fine and Lara Sedaghat

Thoughtcrime does not imply death, Thoughtcrime is death.” – 1984 by George Orwell.

Design by Morgan Beltz and Jovan Millet


“If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely” – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Design by Luna Rey and Samuel Diamond


“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars”

–  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Design by Danielle Weiss and Samantha Valenzuela


“Eheu fugaces labuntur anni (Alas how are fleeting years pass away)” by Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Design by Eric Simpson and Adriana Bustillos


“We rest; a dream has power to poison sleep” – Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Design by Spencer Williams and Gio Munoz


“I’m always saying ‘Glad to have met you’ to somebody I’m not at all glad I met.” The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger

Design by David Espe and Tyler Murphy


“The web locks us into place, staring at each other as the moon slithers across the sky and the stars fall asleep.” Winter Girls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Design by Zac Gill and Lindsay Miedema


“Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.” – Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Design by Jack Marchke and Pedro Ramirez


“I’m yurtle the turtle! Oh marvelous me!, for I am the ruler of all that I see” – Murtle the Turtle by Doctor Seuss

Design by Vincent Culliver and Jeanette Rodriguez


I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party”

–  I had the Right to Remain Silent, but I Didn’t have the Ability by Ron White.

Design by Jocelyn Salcedo and Oliver Reyes


“A book is a loaded gun.” – Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Design by Jennifer Siebold and Lianna Wehrung


“He who opens a door, closes a prison.” – Victor Marie Hugo

Design by Kevin Aceves and Jocelyn Acevedo


“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” – To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

Design by Karina Feliz Galvan and Chelsea Glickman


 “You never walk through mirrors or swim through windows.”  The Lords and the New Creatures by Jim Morrison

 Design by Rachel Taylor and Cesar Castenada

“The screams of the murdered. By day the dead impaled on spikes along the road” – The Road by John Hillcoat

Design by Vincent Skalka and Vander Thomas


“We’re actors in our lives, pretendin’ to be who we want people to think we are.”  –  Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkele.

Design By Haley Holmes and Jocelyn Leon


“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

– To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Design by Taylor Wilkonson and Luis Aguirre


“There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.” – Oliver Twist by Charles Dickins.

Design by Noah Breslauer and Luke Rosenberg


“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already knowand you will see the way to fly.”  Richard Bach by Jonathan Livingston Seagul

Design by Patrick Castro and Karen Arroyo


“Soccer isn’t something you can fake, its a feeling, a passion, a lifestyle. If you don’t live, eat, sleep and breath soccer then you are not a true soccer player. You just wear the jersey.”  – Anonymous

Design by Marcos Ramirez


 “When your hero falls so do the stars and so does the perception of tomorrow.”  A Rose that Grew from Concrete by Tupac.

Design by Adriana Navarro and Raynesha Harris



After two rounds of critique and revision, most students split off from their partner to learn how to do basic motion graphics in After Effects by themselves. In these cases, individuals worked on the same design but interpreted them differently through motion and sound design. What was interesting to observe was how different two similar animations could become with just a few sound changes. Their work is compiled in the video below. 



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