Gig posters – a world where art and music collide and graphic designers can really unleash their creativity. If you’re looking for some design inspiration (or just want to take a trip down memory lane), check out some of our top picks.
Five Inspiring Gig Posters
1. Jimi Hendrix by Bob Masee
Even in today’s design world, everything old can be new again and this 1967 psychedelic gig poster for Jimi Hendrix in London still looks great today. This poster features Bob Masee’s signature style of unique lettering, bold compositions and a creative colour palette.
2. First Aid Kit by Adrian Dutt
UK-based illustrator Adrian Dutt creates all the in-store gig posters for independent record store Rise. We love how the lion illustration really stands out as a result of doubling it up and using a simple colour scheme to give the image an almost 3D effect.
It’s hard to believe that this gig poster is only from last year in spite of it being influenced by early modernism. The poster doesn’t rely on imagery, instead preferring the simple use of red stripes and a sans-serif typeface to immediately capture your attention.
4. She and Him by Jason Munn
California-based designer, Jason Munn has produced a two-colour screen print with a clever play on the vinyl record. It’s a great example of how (even in the music and design world) less can definitely be more as illustrated by the simplicity of this stunning 2012 gig poster.
5. Phish by James Flames
Another example of a stunning screen printed gig poster is the work by US illustrator, James Flames. In this gig poster for the band Phish he uses a four colour screen print featuring three metallic inks with great results. The print run of 700 posters sold out almost immediately and it’s easy to see why the poster was such a hit!