A Showcase of Beautifully Designed Gig Posters



Designing a gig poster is one of the most creatively challenging types of commercial design. There is good reason for this. Posters advertising events have been around for as long as writing has been, but poster design really blossomed in the late nineteenth century when chromolithography allowed posters to be printed with vivid, full-colour images. The technology intrigued artists including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Jules Chéret, who came to be considered the father of advertising placards.

That fine art tradition was still going strong when gig posters became popular in the 1960s, and with the modern rise of indie bands as well as cheaper and easier printing techniques, designing gig posters has become even more prestigious.

That is not to say that designing the posters is easy. There are many elements that must be included and many competing themes and ideas that must be incorporated. The initial theme for the poster is usually the band’s attitude and the style of their music, and then the designer must incorporate the feel of the current show the band is putting on. The design must also take into consideration what will draw in the band’s current or potential fan base and, if applicable, the atmosphere of the particular venue or festival the show is happening in. Finally, it must seamlessly incorporate the time, date and location of the gig, as well as the names of the supporting acts, all without becoming overwhelming.

It can be little surprise, then, that designers will rise to the creative challenge with some spectacular results. Below are ten such beautifully designed gig posters. Interestingly, many of the examples mimic retro designs, harking back to the gig posters of the 1960s, perhaps in an effort to capture some of the original designs’ ability to become collectors’ items.

Top Image Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/deneyterrio/4500555669/


Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/520919-YTG-1-1 [link no longer active; Feb 2013 update]


Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nirazilla/3623076856/sizes/o/in/photostream/


Source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Elephant-Six-Orchestra-Gig-Poster/1055391


Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shakedown/5035646271/sizes/l/in/photostream/


Source: http://ronlewhorn.bigcartel.com/product/cake-gig-poster


Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rockninecreative/4474459276/sizes/z/in/photostream/


Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nathangodding/5497542536/sizes/l/in/photostream/


Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/micahtaylor/2868212392/sizes/o/in/photostream/


Source: http://www.mondriansladder.com/?cat=6&paged=2

Have you found any examples of beautifully designed gig posters that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments.

Free Photo Effects: from Filter Forge with Love


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Do you think Photoshop lacks realistic, up-tp-date and trendy photo effects? If yes, this post is just for you.

I’d like to present to you a Filter Forge Freepack – Photo Effects. This is a free Photoshop plugin (it works with some other hosts as well.) And it works under both Windows and Mac OS. There are 7 most popular photo effects in this Filter Forge Freepack :  Colorizer, Dreamy, Grunge, LOMO, Old Photo, Sepia and Vibrance – all with a number of presets and also some manual settings.

Free Photo Effects

First of all I should tell you how to download this freepack and install it.

1. Download an appropriate version (for Windows or for Mac OS.)
2. Run Filter Forge Freepack 2 Setup file.
3. Install the plugin following the instructions of the installer.
4. Now you can use the Filter Forge Photo Effects Freepack.

To use it, open Photoshop and in Filters select Filter Forge -> Freepack 2 – Photo Effects. You can see this menu on the screenshot:

And here you can see the user interface of Filter Forge Freepack:

Now you’re ready to play and work with this preset. And it seems to me that it gives a great number of opportunities to process your photos absolutely for free.

Get Your Own Back to the Future Marty Hat

If you’ve seen the Back to the Future movies, you’ll notice the classic “Marty Hat“. Yeah, it isn’t very cool to look at, but what make it unique is the 1980’s retro nature of the design—and that Marty McFly wore it (Michael J Fox)! See the image below…

Back to the Future Marty Hat Replica

Man wearing the Back to the Future Marty Hat

More than two decades after the first movie’s release, the Back to the Future trilogy remains a favorite among viewers of all ages. Re-creates the futuristic baseball cap worn by Marty McFly during his visit to 2015 in Back to the Future Part II – read more here.

Colourful Back to the Future Marty Hat

Credits [via]. Back to the Future Marty Hat: This item is available to purchase here (affiliate links are used in this post).

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