For several years, I’ve worked with a local bookstore to publicize author-led book talks. It’s very fulfilling to put my energies into a project that promotes two things I hold dear: reading and local bookstores. I’ve included a selection of those book posters below.
I had the opportunity to create a poster that conveyed this controversial Catholic author’s traditional nature and radical stance. But how to depict someone ‘punching holes’ in their religion without showing a specific Catholic leader? The resulting design does both, but I won’t go as far as to call it divine inspiration.
I included plenty of white space to echo the style of her books and used Helvetica to hint at her work with the Cooper-Hewitt. But mainly, I thanked my lucky stars for being able to work with such wonderful colors and compositions; it made the poster and bookmark creation process a joy rather than a job.
Larissa MacFarquhar, Carolina De Robertis, and Vanessa Diffenbaugh
I’ve included samples of the posters for these authors simply because I’m pleased with the results. Sue me.
Every once in a while, I get the chance to create posters for community events. It’s a wonderful creative outlet, and great fun to hunt down appropriate images (and craft text) that best conveys the concept. Here are a few of my favorites.
Jubilate Deo Poster
When a local choir performed G. F. Handel’s Jubilate Deo as part of their twice-yearly ‘major work’ series, I was given the chance to design the event poster. Researching the piece, I learned that it was written to celebrate the Peace of Utrecht, which seemed like a natural visual ‘hook’ — it gave me the chance to do something striking and even a bit humorous.
My initial inspiration for this poster was cover art from the 1950’s-era Blue Note 1500 series. But like any good jazz composition, the design went off in a different direction, leading to a poster that marries Blue Note typography and colors with a more modern design style. An unexpected destination, but happily still in key.
Christmas Concert Poster
The hard part about creating a Christmas poster is conveying a sense of Christmas without being trite. It occurred to me that I should shift the concept to ‘Christmas in Oakland’, and was then lucky enough to find a wonderful, evocative picture of the lights on our Grand Lake Theater. After that, the poster practically (miraculously?) designed itself.
Photo of Grand Lake Theater entrance lights by Beck Cowles