A museum dedicated to posters is opening in New York AND it’s going to be housed in the old Tekserve store—both these things makes me so happy! I find poster design somewhat daunting—it can be anything, I like more boundaries—so I’m always impressed when I come across great posters. In general, they remind me of being back at Pratt, where our professors would show us all these inspiring examples….
Okay so back to Poster House—I’m giddily checking out their website, super excited for a new design museum to be opening in NYC and thinking it’s so cool that they will be in an iconic location. The logo is designed by Paula Scher and then I read the letter from their president, Val Crosswhite, and it ends with her unknowing shout out to Mother:
…I walk past a barbershop in Port Authority that has a dozen posters in their window of different hair models. All have the strangely evocative words ‘Love, Mother’ in the corner, which I assume is the name of the company that produces them. The models are diverse in race, age, and hairstyle, but all of them are so vividly expressive, such clear characters as if ripped from the pages of an epic novel—so much of themselves is written on their faces. These posters have never induced me to get a haircut at this shop and they never will, but I look forward to seeing them every day. They make my day better.
I’m so excited! While I wait for their first pop up exhibition to open in September, I’ll be perusing the moving poster site for something a little similar and a little bit different.
Been awhile since I’ve posted, but IRL I have been seeing a bunch of great signs, flyers & wild postings. They have been making me smile all around my neighborhood and now finally I’m sharing them with you….
This Please Be A Good Neighbor sign is so spot on—down to even the little rivet attachments. It’s so good on multiple levels, wish I knew who made it. Also really hoping that it succeeds in it’s mission.
Another set of flyers have been popping up from Kit’s Underground, a wine shop in the Columbus Circle subway underpass. They are in multiple styles and all pretty funny. I’m quite impressed by this marketing job and just wish they understood a few more typographic/design principles, namely that all caps make it hard to read.
And then there is this guy.
After working in out of home advertising for 4 years, I will always have a soft spot for billboards and phone kiosks, so this piece really spoke to me. I’m going to try and follow this happy bunny’s wisdom and try caring a little less what others think and focus more on believing in me. I realize I’m funneling a lot of faith into this slightly trippy street art and I think that’s okay!
I visited the Museum at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts last week. They do good job of setting the scene of the 1960’s in general by illustrating the changes the nation was going through—both socially and politically. But I most enjoyed all the Woodstock memorabilia and the sections talking about the festival itself. I really appreciated that they had a lot of the printed ephemera on display.
It was interesting to see the various ways that the Aquarian Exposition was portrayed in the posters and ads. Just the fact that it had an art component, in addition to the music, was not really something I had been aware of. (Unfortunately, the photos I took aren’t great since they were through the glass exhibition cases, but you can get a sense of the designs…)
The first depiction is all Art Nouveau and highly decorative. Not a look I ever equated with Woodstock. It was created by David Edward Byrd and is based on Jean Auguste Dominique Ingre’s La Source. The slightly sad story (and a clearer image) of how Bryd left for vacation and couldn’t be contacted to redo the piece can be found here.
Last night I went to a program presented by Pratt at Civic Hall. The topic was about how to navigate the newest intersections between design and technology, by exploring the ways in which ideas and innovation are fueling the future. It was a conversation between Phillip Tiongson, from Potion & Justin Hendrix from NYC Media Lab with an introduction by Santiago Piedrafita, alum of Pratt & newly appointed chair of the Pratt Graduate Communications Design dept.