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Graphic Design Inspirations - Posters

artist-at-deskSooner or Later
If you are a new  graphic designer or are attending graphic design school, a day is likely to come when a poster assignment lands on your desk.

You'll have feelings of elation because you have a chance to use your creativity in making something unique and interesting. But after completing many poster projects, the ideas for fresh designs may start to dry out.

In the next installment of Graphic Design Inspirations we'll display and comment on poster designs that "have the right stuff" as far as adding that special something to make the poster memorable, provocative or attention getting.

Some of the poster designs are merely twists on old ideas, while others take it up a notch or two by going beyond standard design conventions. One thing they all do is provide design inspiration for us. Graphic design colleges provide the artistic foundation for graphic design. Inspiration comes from a well cultivated imagination.

Each poster can be seen at a larger magnification by just clicking on each image.

And the Impossible Came to Pass...
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Graphic designer Paul Lee incorporates several elements that may seem out of place but are composed so interestingly that it's hard not to keep looking at the poster.

Poster design doesn't always have to be literal but can sometimes take on a surrealistic approach to grab the attention of the viewers.

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Band posters are ubiquitous and sometimes the hardest to design because many of the ideas for this genre overlap one another and have been done before.

In the case of the Word Burglar music poster there is a complete lack of musical design components-something rather unexpected.

The designer uses the idea of a vanishing point in conjunction with bright colors to draw your eyes into the poster and the mysterious figure in the foreground and background.

The poster is simple but effective. Using colors, contrast and perspective to catch someone's attention is always an idea you can use in the creation of your posters.

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Varo Special Poster
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This poster is beautiful to look at and stands as a great piece of art in its own right.

Designer James White has chosen to stylize a woman's face and makes it the focal point of his poster. The use of colors in the woman's hair and the dreamlike quality of the composition is not only pleasing to the eye but serves to draw in the viewer.

The text serves a secondary purpose to inform, but it still coveys the message effectively. Well drawn art can be an effective element in any graphic designer's bag of tricks for creative poster design.

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Prisma Illumination Lighting Exhibit
prisma-posterHere's an example of using symmetrical shapes in combination with complementary color palettes to interpret an idea. In this case it is for an exhibition for lighting.

The idea is abstract in nature but the design is well thought out and suits the theme of the poster well.

An idea that is hard to conceptualize can sometimes be done by rethinking the main theme and breaking it down to its bare components.

Next Time...
We'll focus on interesting web design examples for your enjoyment and inspiration. Until then, keep on designing!

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