Articles by Day: December 9, 2013
There’s not much more that the artists and graphic designers here at Go Media love more than a great Gig poster design.
There is an ever growing haul of poster process videos being uploaded online. Slowly, we are seeing many designers shed some light into the way they create some of their latest work. In this article, we will focus on gigposters only, but don’t be fooled; there are plenty of process videos for other posters out there.
I have selected these five videos as they show some of the variety of different ways in which you can create a gigposter. There are other great examples out there which I hope this article inspires you to seek out for yourselves, as well as view all the other videos these designers and illustrators have uploaded themselves.
Kevin Tong is an illustration powerhouse. If you haven’t heard of him or seen his work then we need to correct that error right now.
Here we see Kevin create this gigposter by illustrating the different sections one by one and the development of each piece. Also the equipment he uses gives us a little insight into the process of the poster. Kevin then shows us how these sections are pieced together, and he was even kind enough to show us how the color separations fit together at the end of the video.
This is a two part video for the Napalm Death poster by Munster Studio. Munster Studio is run by Dani Crust from Barcelona, Spain. This video is yet another example of how people design differently. There isn’t one specific way to do anything in the design world and these examples really do emphasize that point.
The first video is the whole design process, from sketches to final print-ready design. The second video is all about the printing process.
Army Of Cats:
This video was produced by Graham Pilling (aka. Army Of Cats), whom, like me, hails from merry ol’ England. Here he does something a little different than the other videos. Instead of going into great detail of the design process; he only briefly spends time showing us the process. Graham spends the vast majority of the video showing the printing process.
All these gig posters in this article are limited edition, screenprinted posters. The importance of screenprinting gigposters isn’t something I will discuss right now, as this isn’t the time or place, but it is important nonetheless. Screenprinting is an art form in itself and this video shows you that art form in motion.
Monkey Ink Design:
Monkey Ink Design (Drew Binkley and Alicia Waters) created this gem for The Black Keys late last year. This process video really hits home with me because it reminds me so much of when I was a kid and I used to draw out little battles like this. But here is a full blown gigposter, and considerably more professional. It really brings it to life watching the battle escalate throughout the video.
DKNG are the seasoned professionals in the poster process world. I have been an avid viewer of their Vimeo channel for quite a while now, and they still keep sharing their process with us constantly. So if you haven’t already, after you finish reading this, head over to their Vimeo page and check out their other videos.
I’m sharing this video with you because not only do we see the development from sketch all the way through to the final design, but we also get to see a poster design being tackled in a different way to the previous examples.
Which video was your favorite? What did you learn that was most helpful? Please share with me in the comments below!