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Modern Gigposter Design: 100 Stunning Examples

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A short introduction

This summer I released an eBook called, The Wall: Modern Day Music Posters. It contains some of the posters seen below, with 91 designers contributing some of the best posters of the last 3 to 4 years. But coming up with 100 of the greatest music posters was no easy task. First priority was to narrow the range down and focus on the last half a decade; otherwise it would be impossible to ensure any truly great posters weren’t missed out. There’s no shortage of books available that cover older posters many times over. Secondly, I needed to acknowledge that these will be based on my own opinion and personal taste in poster design. Nonetheless, I had to try not to let my attraction to certain posters be the sole reason they are a part of this list.

What is a great poster?

A great poster is one that makes you kick yourself that you didn’t or couldn’t think of an idea quite like that. Where no matter what the band is and your previous feelings towards them, you cannot help but enjoy the visual feast that they have more than likely commissioned for us to enjoy. But a great looking poster isn’t necessarily a successful one. Music posters need to put their message across and put it across well. Whether it’s advertising a gig, a tour or a new album, you need to get the information across to the viewer quickly and clearly. While putting the book together, I came to see that to do a great music poster you don’t necessarily have to be a seasoned professional. Even some newer, up and coming designers can get it just right as long as they know what they are doing. But being an experienced designer in the field does help, as a lot of the posters below will testify.

Personally, I find that some posters, while the idea behind it might not be groundbreakingly original, can still look fantastic. When the imagery and type come together and are done just right, either in a subtle or plainly obvious way, in theme or color, it can turn a good poster into an amazing piece of design.

The selection

Here are 100 examples of the amazing work being made from around the world today.

Quique Ollervides

The Uprising Creative

The Uprising Creative

DKNG

DKNG

DNKG

DKNG

Only More Never Less

Only More Never Less

Dog And Pony Prints

Erick Montes

Invisible Creature

Bobby Dixon

Bobby Dixon

Bobby Dixon

Erin O'Connor

Arrache-toi Un Oeil

Hero Design

Ken Taylor

Ken Taylor

Drew Millward

Third Alert Designs

Pfahlert Creative Labs

Mikey Burton

Mikey Burton

Print Mafia

Garrett Karol

White Bicycle

Joshua Ruckstuhl

The Decoder Ring

Peter Wujkowski

stufflikeilike

Concepcion Studios

Concepcion Studios

Concepcion Studios

Doe Eyed

Doe Eyed

Travis Williams

Lil Tuffy

Lil Tuffy

Victor Meira

Pat Hamou

Public Domain

The Silent Giants

The Bird Machine

Two Arms Inc.

Two Arms Inc.

Two Arms Inc.

Drew Millward

Spencer Whittington

Andrew Vastagh

John Warner

Hyp Inc.

Hyp Inc.

Hyp Inc.

Louis Finn

Switchopen

Aesthetic Apparatus

Aesthetic Apparatus

Burlesque Design

Crosshair

Kevin Tong

Status Serigraph & Nate Duval

Monkey Ink Design

Monkey Ink Design

Wierhouse

Wierhouse

Basemint

Rich Kelly

Edith Boucher

Methane Studios

Blackyard

Madpixel Art & Design

Alexander Todaro

Steuso

Mr. Roboto

Shed Labs

Erin Fuller

John Vogl

John Vogl

Nate Duval

Status Serigraph

Nerl Says

Todd Slater

Todd Slater

Magnus Heed

Only More Never Less

Anonymous Ink & Idea

Rolyn Barthelman

Aaron Eiland

Justin Kamerer

Justin Kamerer

Justin Kamerer

Justin Kamerer

57 Design

Munk One

strawberryluna

Jon Johnson

Jason Munn

Jason Munn

Written by Tom Booth. (Slightly) edited by Simon H.

About the Author, Tom Booth

Graphic Designer who runs BadTown.co.uk. Also the author of; The Wall: Modern Day Music Posters.
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Discussion

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  • http://simonh.me Simon H.

    Nice collection Tom! And welcome on board as a Zine author.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff Finley

    These are awesome!

  • Anonymous

    Ken Taylor has always been my favorite gig poster artist, so it’s nice to see him in this great list.  His work just keeps getting better.

  • http://twitter.com/willkesling Will Kesling

    This is a pretty stellar collection… bookmarked!

  • http://twitter.com/thatdeadpixel Mike Lohrman

    I’m always blown away by gig posters! great collection!

  • http://twitter.com/Quaker_Ninja Daniel Newman

    holy jackpot batman, best list ever. Nice work fellas

  • Sergio Figares

    Great collection!

  • Anonymous

    sweet selection Tom, Ken Taylor is a must.  I would like to add my semiprofessional opinion and suggest two more giants for the list: Tyler Stout and Rhys Cooper.

  • Anonymous

    Really great!!

  • Anonymous

    This is an amazing collection. I love the retro grunge feel and its amazing to see how this style has swamped poster design. Maybe its a celebration of what makes print beautiful and distinguishes it from an ever more popular digital media – but I wonder how much of the grungy ‘screen printing’ comes from hit+miss old school screen printing and how much is digitally recreated. Its nice to see the designs on here but I’d love to see them, feel the paper, see the real life smudges and smell the ink. 

  • Peter Parker

    First off, any compilation of design inspiration is always great and no easy task; 100 posters is a lot so props to that! But I have to be honest, most of these posters aren’t anything special. With a quick scroll down I’d say only about 5-10 really caught my eye and were unique. It’s like the eye test when walking down a supermarket aisle, if it doesn’t jump out at you you’re probably not gonna notice or buy it. The majority of the posters are either grunge or… grunge. Also, the color choices all seem very similar and bland.

    • http://twitter.com/badtown Tom Booth

      Thanks Peter, I appreciate that point of view. However, this is just my own personal opinion on 100 stunning examples, so they will naturally be centered around my own personal taste. And with the 5-10 that caught your eye, I imagine this is likely to be the same with everyone. For example, if you line up 100 super-models, you will always have your favourites over the others in the line up. No two are equal in poster design (or modelling).

  • http://www.adodis.com/ECommerce-Software.php Ecommerce Software

     nice collection .really wonderful…lot of things i learned…

  • http://ileodesigns.tumblr.com Leonardo D’Aubeterre

    awesomeness everywhere! 

  • Anonymous

    Love the style of these posters.

  • Anonymous

    ON N’EST PAS PRËTS D’ARRÊTER LES CRéATEURS ! JUST DO IT !

  • http://www.ecommerce-web-developers.com/ ecommerce development

    The collection of photos is really stunning.A few are related to art of living.I liked the most was the black keys.

  • Greg Esparza

    Now if I could only fit all them posters in my room!

  • StereoFiftyOne.com

    Just came across this brilliant collection of gig posters. Especially like the Wilco posters.