Here's a few hints... Never stretch type! It just doesn't work. Less is more! I've been looking at older stuff I did, and there was just so much unneccessary crap. Boxes and backgrounds and borders, they just end up being distracting. Make a really nice illustration, and put the band name under it in a nice big font. Then, in the same font, but, say, half the size put the date and time and the location, all on one line. Then, if you need to, put the address or phone number in type half the size of the date. Then Leave it at that. Don't put anything else. Don't take too long on the actual design of the poster. Take a long time making the art, and picking a nice font, or doing some hand-lettering that matches up with your illustration. Even just as an exercise, try this. See how it looks. Then, as another exercise, come up with some sort of a conceptual thing that could bring all your different elements together in a great way [something that would make people say to themselves "oh, I get it.]
Brendan, It's your job as the artist to make us at least think we might get rocked. This is an advertisment. You need to sell us on my we shouldn't miss these guys live. You have to really sell it. I'm not sure this poster does that. Like others have said, based on this poster I would have zero interets in checking this band out.
Thats one of things that has always made kozik so cool. His posters are almost always cooler than the band they are promoting.
"No, they don't suck, they're really lazy. "
that aint helpin. i cant even think of a band that started out where the members were lazy, the manager, yeah.. but a successful band.. nope..
but again, im a tard.
I have to agree with ryanaugust and jesusclone. Based on the looks of these guys and their name, the chances of getting rocked at this show are slim to none.
As far as vector based graphics go- a Mac, Illustrator10 and a graphics tablet is the shit.
About the poster:
Nice attempt at the vector illustrations.
The quote at the top needs to go away. The show info is too huge. Other that the three figures, none of the pieces work together to make an interesting layout.
The name makes me not want to listen to any mp3s.
I'm sure my opinion counts about as much as yours around here so take it with a grain of salt.
heavenly hams rule!!!
tons of bands out there, i really couldnt give a rats ass... debating music about if its good or not doesnt matter...
though its funny to watch..
the guy on the left looks like a cross between jerry garcia and john lennon.
name the 4 new bands that made me feel less jaded last year? sure thing unitus:
1) an albatross
2) glass candy and the shattered theater
4) the sick lipstick
5) death from above (but 5 doesn't count cause i was already friends with em and into thier other band)
No offense to these guys, but if I looked like they do, there's no way in hell I'd let someone put my image (or representations of) on a poster. It's not the design. The illo of them just screams "boring coffee house crap".
No, they don't suck, they're really lazy. I could see how someone would make that mistake.
They've been on an indie label, and then they broke up for some stupid reason, got back together, but by then the label had folded. They recorded a really good album right before they broke up, and it never got released as a result. Probably why the label folded. The album was recorded out in Portland OR at Jackpot! Studios, and it was produced by Larry Crane. It was good, but since they lost a member in the breakup, and they made a whole new catalog of songs, they've decided to leave it in the can.
Please, go to the website and listen to the five demo songs up there.
If you don't likes em fine. I like at least 4 out of the five.
They've thought of changing the name, because they've had it since high school, and people are continuously thinking they're something they're not. A couple of years ago everyone thought they were potheads because of the use of the word "Baked." Now everyone thinks they're emo.
They didn't even know what emo was 'till someone told them.
They decided not to change the name, because anyone who derives more from that name than it actually holds -- well just fuck 'em.
nonetheless t seems some people are not exactly thrilled with thier moniker, and admitted a prejudiced biased on that basis which led to the explanation of a similiar bias against another band based solely on their name.
hence, nothing to do with you, your poster, this band or anything else.
Seems arbitrary and capricious, but I guess your entitled to be that way.
They are neither Emo nor Hippie, the name is just a name.
There are MP3s on their website if you care to see what they're really like:
I like the guy coming in from outside the frame. One critique... the club info is way too large for this layout. It fights the band name. Unless the venue or promoter specifically requests for this, I would tone it down. I always try to put things in order of importance... band names, date, venue name, everything else. I occasionally deviate from that but usually follow it as a general rule.