When it comes to finding the perfect poster to hang on your bedroom wall or adorn your workspace, the selection process can be ruthless.
Are you digging a contemporary look, or does the Swiss aesthetic speak more to your style? You love the color palette on this one, but the option with a truly striking concept and execution doesn’t really match the drapes. Decisions, decisions.
Thankfully, Printaholic’s best lists have you covered. If you’re thinking about going the handwritten route, check out these 15 cool typography posters.
1. Jazz posters take on a rock 'n' roll aesthetic. Can you hear the music of the words seemingly exploding off the page?
2. Sagmeister & Walsh never disappoint, and this typographic poster series for the School of Visual Arts is no exception. The creepy tentacle type makes what could have been a dull academic poster one worthy of adorning the New York subway system.
3. Papercraft and illustration are having a bit of a moment as a mixed medium. The results of a job well done are beautifully executed on this poster.
4. More flyer than poster, the use of conversation bubbles to announce the two-year anniversary of an electronic music festival is fun without being amateurish.
5. I’m not sure if it’s the use of food or the overall cleverness, but I am in love with this 'Pineapple Express' poster. The pack of cigarettes that warns against secondhand smoke is a nice touch for a stoner movie.
6. The type used for this festival poster is reminiscent of the traditional ones used on funnel cake booths at the county fair but with a funky twist that keeps it from looking dated or stale.
7. Not all type is easy to read, and the movement — as well as the exhaustive task of finding the letters and making sense of them — is a perfect way to reinforce the message.
8. It’s a 'Where’s Waldo?' type treatment within an illustrated cityscape. The thick lines and simple drawing is simultaneously effective and soothing.
9. A nice use of a wraparound banner, this lettering job had the potential to end up a mess of ink and scrawling lines. The finished piece is anything but sloppy.
10. This series of movie schedule posters for Pushkina Cinema are all eye-catching, but the poster that mimics street art on a city block is a little bit of genius. Follow the link to view one that makes the schedule into a wall of framed photos.
11. A typographic poster for a film about typefaces? Don’t let the metaphysical nature of this letterpress piece blow your mind. The historical production method certainly helps achieve the desired effect.
12. Crafted as a three-part series with each poster devoted to one segment of a triathlon, I especially love the mermaid fin and pastel palette on the swimming one. This is also a letterpress poster, but the look is entirely different from the one achieved in number 11.
13. Curlz gets a sophisticated revamp in this alphabet poster, featuring a new, humorously named typeface called Love Child. Here the most mocked font in graphic design is nearly unrecognizable.
14. A poster made of plasticine? Yes, please. If you love the colorful creativity as much as I do, it’s yours. The designer is offering it as a free download.
15. We had to ask: What’s your type? This poster asks if any of these silkscreen options are your style. I would have to respond, 'Absolutely.'
Let these options inspire you to craft your own.
As showcased here, when love for lettering meets wall art, the results can be pretty extraordinary. Anyone who has seen typographers do their thing knows those posters are created with a healthy amount of blood, sweat and tears.
If you already designed a typography poster that puts my picks to shame, be sure to enter it in the HOW Poster Design Awards (deadline Nov. 1).