Designerly Posters Take Over a Small Italian City

The small city of Cremona, in northern Italy, was recently taken over by a large collection of very designerly poster art. Like wheat-pasted advertisements, the posters appeared on billboards large and small, seemingly with nothing better to sell than a good impression, art inspiration and a little mystery.

Philosophy Posters: Beautiful and Inspiring Words

Sometimes all it takes for us to have that ‘aha’ moment, that revelatory kernel of truth that wakes us up and sends us in the right direction, is one sentence spoken clearly and concisely. These posters do just that, capturing some of the wisdom written by the great philosophers that have gone before us, those who explored the far boundaries of human understanding and wisdom. The bold, black and white typography against a newsprint like halftone, is just the right look for such truthful statements strongly said.

Horse: Graphic Illustrator from UK

Gig posters are made every day by a number of independent artists. Displaying bands for shows and festivals, gig posters take on all sorts of creative concepts and looks. Over the years this art form has developed from its earliest renditions as hand-scribbled announcements, to psychedelic prints from the sixties promoting bands such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane. Today, in a world that often copies that classic era, these designs really stand out.

Philographics: The Artwork of GEX

Philosophy isn’t a lot of people’s strongest mental attribute, and London based graphic designer Genis Carreras — aka GEX — knows that people forget their —ism’s, so he came up with a clever and minimally designed way to help you remember each philosophy. His Philographics minimalist poster series, are a playful set of posters that explain philosophical belief systems using basic shapes, bright colors, a rad font, and a brief description of what each belief entails.

The Pattern in Weather Patterns

While everyone else uses the weather as small talk, one design agency decided to turn the topic into an artistic data visualization. CLEVER°FRANKE, a design agency located in the Netherlands, used a year’s worth of weather pattern data and visualized it. What they found were interesting patterns in something we all experience the effects of every day, but which we don’t usually notice. If someone didn’t take the time to visualize it, we would never see these interesting patterns.

Classic Moments from Seinfeld Poster

Seinfeld fans of the world rejoice! As a tribute to the long running show, designer Nathan Manire has created a slick poster featuring the many props that made the show the hit that it was. Titled “These Pixels are Making Me Thirsty” (clever) the print features a border made of muffin tops, tasty but salty pretzels, and is filled with wonderfully illustrated icons inspired by the show. I love that the poster itself has no title… it’s like a litmus test for a true fan!

Poster Represents How Words Can Fly

In this age of internet and social media networks, words can “fly” thousands of miles in the blink of an eye. After the natural disaster in Fukushima, Japan in early 2011, words and thoughts of encouragement and prayers flooded through Facebook, Twitter, and email to the survivors.

The Say Something Poster Project

If you had the opportunity to say one thing to the next generation of youth, what would you say? The Say Something Poster Project has invited artists to do just that in the form of a poster, one that they will then donate to a non-profit organization to hang on their facility walls.

The TSA’s QR Code Flub

Ah, the Transportation Safety Administration. When an organization designed to keep us safe causes so much hassle and pokes or prods us so often, it’s only fair that we occasionally poke back. Fred Trotter of O’Reilly Radar recently had just such a chance when he was about to take off his shoes at Orlando International Airport. Spotting a Spanish language TSA sign in line, he scanned the posters QR code to see what boring site awaited him. To his surprise, no TSA site arrived, but rather Justinsomnia, the personal blog of Kiva software engineer Justin Watt came up on his phone. Was it a mistake? A fault of the phone? No, it scanned the same each time. Was it a sticker, some prank QR code designed to send the safety passionate to learn the design and food preferences of a known and vocal TSA critic.


A new art exhibit opening at the London Transport Museum shows us that the use of data visualization (presenting information in visual form) is not a new concept. Running from January 6 through March 18, 2012, Painting by Numbers – Making Sense of Statistics will display a collection of 20 posters by artists such as Charles Shepard, Alfred Leete, and Heinz Zinram created as far back as the 1920s to commend public transport in London and/or too assure travelers that their hard-earned money would be put to good use, rendering valuable services to them, when they opted to use the London Underground.