Poster critique.

satya's picture

hi folks..
Im working on my portfolio..I made this poster last year....plz tell me, is it worth putting in the portfolio?? I think typo sucks in this poster...

comments plz.
student, G'Dzine

jonsel's picture

Here's a good rule of thumb: if you think something in the project sucks, then you probably don't want it in your portfolio. Or, you should spend the time to fix what you aren't happy with.

If you want more comments on the actual piece, you'll need to tell us a little more about it.

satya's picture

first of all thanks for the reply.
Agree with you...but some time you don't like something in the project but peoples are happy with that case you can't work on that project further..same thing happened with me..I made this poster for my schools film and vedeo batch 2004(10 students batch). They were screening their first films and they called it 'Spots'. They told me to make a poster for this occassion. I made this and they liked it and get printed.

Everyone told me that they liked the poster..but I need a feedback as a typographers point of view.

thanks again

tonicastro's picture

Maybe it's a little bit difficult to read 'spots'. This is because two items are adding confusion: tipography chosen and the place where you place it. I think if you change one of these things you'll like it more.

tonicastro's picture

But I like the poster, it's not so bad at all!

Ratbaggy's picture

I find it confusing. it's got an twisted bent to it - with the grunge and rips etc, but then I see smiling people.
If asked whether this was deliberate design (read:developed via a thought process) or a pure stylistic attempt (read: without much if any purpose) I'd say stylistic attempt.

Just my thoughts.


Paul Ducco
Graphic Design, Melbourne

Tim Ahrens's picture

Hi Satya,

this might be the problem:

(taken from

If you cut off the lower half your sputs would be much easier to read.

cjg's picture

The colours in the top version work better with the photography, but the lower iteration seems to be more faithful to the concept of ripping a paste-up off a concrete wall.

Truncating the top of the letterforms does introduce a lot of ambiguity there. As Tim has shown, it might be more effective for you to rearrange the type or layout to avoid that end. Also, whether or not Frederic Goudy actually did say it, the tracked-out lowercase type (particularly at the top) really bothers me. It could work more effectively as a coherent line without capitalization or parentheses— remember that as the designer, you can often reformat copy within reason.

BradB's picture

I thought it said "sputs,"too.

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