The concert poster has been an integral part of the music industry since country music and, eventually, rock copied the event promotion idea from the marketing behemoth of the early 20th century, boxing. The gig posters of the ‘40s and ‘50s were generally text-heavy, focusing mainly on conveying information, rather than grabbing attention. The ‘60s, however, gave rise to the illustration heavy (often psychedelic) poster style that we see plastered to telephone poles in big cities and adorning the walls of college dorms across the country. Iconic posters for The Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Fillmore East (1968 w/ a young Sly and the Family Stone) and the Yardbirds and the Doors at Fillmore Auditorium (1967) represent the poster design ideology often used today for concert, album, and music festival advertising across the genre spectrum.
For this fourth edition of #DopePosters of the Week, we’ve put together some music-inspired posters we think you haven’t seen, designed by up-and-comers in the industry (with a few students in the mix). Jose Berrio from Brooklyn, NY and Grace Leal McGuigan from Stamford, CT shine with brilliantly designed concert advertisements and song-inspired pieces. Illustrator, designer and all-around Chief of Funk, Peter Jostrand, brings a little bit of color to the gallery with his Hot Chip poster, while Christina Elliott brings back a Hendrix-esque color palette with a gig poster for her own band.
Pixel-perfect illustration and typography in the name of great music make the pieces in this week’s gallery truly #DopePosters. Let us know which poster was the dopest in the comments and tweet @Paste_Design with the hashtag #DopePoster, to suggest your favorite posters and designers for Round 5.