A fantastic new show opening in London today celebrates half a century of the best international poster design. Posters from the likes of Wim Crouwel, Roger Hargreaves and Julian Palka are among the 45 works selected from the amazing archive of the Icograda (the International Council of Communication Design) by 15 leading contemporary design figures including Anthony Burrill, Noma Bar, Emma Thomas from A Practice For Everyday Life and our very own Will Hudson.
Their selections are being exhibited at the London College of Communciation and there is an accompanying booklet which explains how they came to their choices. While aesthetically the work on display is a magnificent cross section of the archive’s 2,000 treasures, the show naturally also explores the changing role of the poster, which Hyperkit’s Kate Sclater calls “the epitome of all graphic design formats.”
“There is something wonderful about the constraints of a single sheet of paper and pushing what you can do with it.”
Emma Thomas, A Practice For Everyday Life
She said: “Looking at the collection is a reminder of a time when it was possible for a designer to use the poster as a way of self-expression, which I feel is not as viable today when responding to the demands of a client’s brief.” APFEL’s Emma Thomas agreed that the posters harked back to "an era before marketing departments, where designers worked directly with their clients – resulting in brave ideas and unconventional designs. There is something wonderful about the constraints of a single sheet of paper and pushing what you can do with it.”
Ian Wright was similarly reflective after making his choices. He said: “I would like to think that there is a place for the poster now – simple statements with a message. I remember when I was younger you would see posters around and you knew what was going on. Maybe our generation should be getting back to that and providing more visuals on the street.”
Posters Selected From The Icograda Archive runs from today until September 13.
- Photographer Trent Davis Bailey documents rural American community The North Fork
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- Swedish illustrator Malin Rosenqvist creates textural works about psychology and powerful women
- Animator Jimmy Simpson creates technology-inspired ident for MTV
- Leander Assmann's illustrations are full of paired-back shapes and patterns
- Illustrator Andrey Kasay invites us into his surreal yet amusing world
- Grope Sans: a very rude typeface by Bompas & Parr
- Japanese graphic designer Ryu Mieno creates type-heavy works fizzing with energy
- The reductive and exacting work of graphic designer Laura Prim
- Why creative education for advertising is stuck in the dark ages
- Leipzig-based graphic designer Anja Kaiser takes us through her portfolio
- Nicolas Jaar releases Network, a book inspired by radio