Category: Poster

Bird Poster

This is my poster for the Children’s Chorus Concert to raise money for the Eastman Community Music School in Rochester, NY.



According to the poster history website, this poster reverts back to gothic style artwork that is commonly used for themes of war and battles.  It is very effective because that no matter what century you live in, you understand that the knight’s armor stands for strength, fealty and honor.  These sentiments are further reinforced by the fact that all we see of this knight is his forearm and fist.  In terms of traditional illustration techniques, the arm is in the style of woodblock printing.  If you imagine the portraits created for Barnes and Noble, it’s the same deal.  Illustrators used to use woodblock printing all the time to publish their artwork in newspapers, magazines and posters.  When illustration was just becoming a popular form of art color was created by assembly line.  Individual people were assigned to work with only one color and they were in charge of adding that one color to the illustration.  It started with the majority of the illustration being black and white with just one color added (if I remember correctly the first color to be added was blue).  This is a long way of saying that this designer is reverting back to very traditional styles of illustration- black and white plus one color.  I don’t know how you would create the arm in Illustrator, and I think I would prefer and object like this to be hand-drawn.  The poster works within Gestalt principles too because the arm is leading the eye to the text.  The text, which looks like Goudy Old Style, also portrays strength.

Blog Post Week 7: Posters

We are moving on to your third project: posters! This week, I want you to visit this website:

Spend some time looking at these posters and thinking about how technology has changed the way we design. A lot of the posters on this site were created by hand, since InDesign and Photoshop did not exist.

Pick 1 of these posters and analyze the design principles used. Do you like it? Why or why not? Is it effective? If the poster was created today, would it still have the same feel?

Make sure you write down the number of the poster you are analyzing in your post. Do not analyze a poster that your classmate has already discussed! There are plenty of posters to choose from.

Feel free to post the image of the poster so people can identify what you are talking about.

Post is due by Friday night; comments by Sunday.