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Graphic Noise

Yesterday was the opening reception for Graphic Noise, an exhibition for contemporary concert posters. Even better was the fact that it was held at Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, where I’ve been enjoying the last four years.


Mates of State poster

These are just a few samples of shots I took at the show.

It was incredible. There were over 50 concert posters of various sizes, textures, and media. Featured work came from renowned designers and studios such as Modern Dog, McPherson, Leia Bell and too many others to name.

Being a designer for the web primarily, I rarely get a chance to work within a print medium. As it’s my last term at Drexel, I wanted to get my hands dirty and design something tactile, so I signed up for a screenprinting class. The last experience I had with screenprinting was making t-shirts in 9th grade, but I don’t really count that as experience with silkscreening.

During their panel at SXSW, both Khoi Vinh and Mark Boulton expressed their disappointment with the small quantity of really great design on the web, design that makes connections with the user. They both attributed a part of that to the lack of graphically stimulating material, such as illustration and photography.

That’s why it makes complete sense for a "web designer" to take a class like screenprinting, or video production or sculpture or engineering for that matter. It’s the fusion of those seemingly separate fields that makes for provoking design in any medium.

This should be a fun term.

(If you want to see more pics from the show, visit my Graphic Noise Flickr Set.)


Tor Bollingmo said:

Looks great!

Posted on April 6, 2006 09:01 AM

Reuben Whitehouse said:

Yeah man I've been wanting to take a silk-screening class for ages. Be sure to keep us posted on how it goes!

Posted on April 7, 2006 10:02 AM

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