Sunday, 5 February 2012
Posters and Music: Excellent Design in Show Promotion
Josh Ritter Posters 2
Josh Ritter Posters 1
Okay, I will admit that I am a sucker for Josh Ritter, and for beautiful show posters. So I'm going to have to go ahead and just feature both of those things in this post.
I think that the show poster is one of those things that has instant tactile associations. They remind me of crinkled paper, plastered telephone poles, tape and venue walls. Josh Ritter's catalogue of show posters is one of my favorites for sure. Most are screen printed, and feature very definite imagery from his songs. They are always topical, themed, and well designed. Josh Ritter's lyrics often have a very old-world feel, and I think that a dedication to print excellence in show promotion is a great way to demonstrate that feeling. Whether the posters have been commissioned by the band, or designed by third parties, it is clear that the print world and the less tactile world of music can have strong ties.