Self promo

foss's picture

any constructive crit on this is welcome. its a self promo that ive been sending to design firms with my resume on the back.

designalchemy's picture

I like the distressed retro styling, I think this sort of design has been popular for a while and that it is not going to go out of style anytime soon. Nice work. What are the dimensions and use.
Postcard, poster?

foss's picture

thanks guys ill take everything into consideration. i have a fear of white space and everything i do ends up looking really busy. the dimensions are approx 8.5x11. im just printing it on my epson on some 110lb crap paper. so its basicly a flyer with some info on the back that i'm folding twice and mailing in a small envelope that i have yet to make.

foss's picture

i guess my epson is a far cry from ephemeral woodtype poster printing, but my inspiration comes from a couple of old motorcycle race posters my dad has in the garage. one is for a track called Ascot.

eek's picture

nice looking work jb

Diner's picture

Overall, I'm fond of it Phil and enjoy the Hatch/Rural Concert Poster look to it. I would say one of the fonts you've selected really doesn't work as well as others in the poster.

"DON'T MISS OUT!", "See Samples . . .", "Call Today w/ number", and "Phil Foss" are all in a Gill face or something similar and make the poster look like you didn't follow through to get the look consistant.

I'd recommend replacing that face with the one used for "DESIGNER" or a Clarendon of sorts.

You may also consider further distressing the elements in the poster as well as printing it on really heavy uncoated paper and sending it flat. I've had success with this technique for some mock Font Diner Airlines Luggage Tags I send out with one of my sets.

Stuart :D

Jared Benson's picture

While I'm fond of the genre that you're drawing upon for inspiration for this poster, I would comment that it seems a bit much. Why not reduce the number of typographic elements (for example, removing "pro designer" and/or "performing live every sunday") and focus instead on really tightening the overall composition with less typefaces.

You also might consider more overprinting, which can really add to the aesthetic.

If you're planning to actually print these, I've had some success actually separating the plates and printing them separately. For example, if the poster is red and black, print all the red first, then load the paper back into the printer and print the black.


anonymous's picture

I keep waiting for a design brief that lends itself to just sending off the copy to Hatch Show Print in Nashville, and get them to post me back the finished job, reading for scanning.

I did a bunch of research into ephemeral woodtype poster printing here in Ireland (just as it was dying out), and was delighted to stumble across HSP in 1990. It's become something of a little industry since.

Jared Benson's picture

Go down to a shipping or stationary store and buy yourself a roll of brown package wrapping paper. They come in rolls about 3 feet wide, and make for a great cheap solution, although you'll need to flatten the paper before running it through a printer.

Another alternate cheap paper source is printers masking paper, available by the roll at most hardware or paint stores.

Here's a few samples, run through a black&white laser printer.




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