concept: actually, i can't see one. perhaps somebody needs to explain what the basic idea is to me. i just see an incredible image with no reason for it to be on a rock poster. score: 5
craft - again, amazing impact, incredible illustration, awesomw stylist. beautiful in the extreme. however, the type and information is tossed in amatuerishly and ignorantly as a total afterthought. unless i'm missing something, this should not even be a rock poster. as an ad, outside of the incredible attractive image, there is no communication value here. score: 25 (for the illustration. period.)
concept: cool use of popular xmas imagery. but why? because it's a december show. ok, makes sense. but it could be any band in the world and still be abaut as appropriate as the pink swords - who actually have a nasty imagery style that has been consistantly done on most of their posters. dunno, ends up feeling like a generic concept applied to anything. score: 15
craft - great cartoon style drawing. the basic framework of the overall design is so primitive it's almost a beginner look. the typography is dreadful in selection and placement ("let's covver the whole thing with this generic punky cool compuyter type"). absolutley no imagination or typography or even lettering knowledge there. the colors are "cool" 9hey, it's a snowman, diude), so ok, i'll give credit there. the printing quality seems to be so clean that i wonder how this was reproduced. i'm guessing a laserjet? so, absolutley zero technical printing savvy needed here. if it were silkscreend or even offset, it would be tougher to do. so for over design/execution/craft: 20 (largely for the illustration)
ok, so i'm going to do a few tests of this stupid 'system' i'm trying to promote.
let's see if it works at all.
concept: very clever (i particularly like the way the artist isolated the words from the band name to make a thematic phrase 'one made small). it ties nicely with the names of the bands as a concept (although i don't know what 'moneen' means). very 'death of a salesman'. even workds as a comment on our sad times. 45 points.
craft: the brush strokes are very controlled without ruining the feel of spontenaity. the printing is damned smart - great use of material (chipboard) and colors (drab monotones) the roughness of the look belies the the level of printing skill - i think this artist knows exactly what he is doing and is selecting the crudeness of approach as an aesthetic choice. i do find some fault with the typeography 9calligraphy). i think the type placment at top really damages the top half. i makes no sense. and i can't figure out WHY the type is sideways on the figure. it doesn't seem to have any reason at all except to be odd. not good enough of a reason if you ask me. doesn't help on the legibility scale either. so, for design/execution/craft: 35.
apparently i think this is a better poster than the other one. hmmmmm....
allenboe - ah, but the beauty of this idea is that it begins to reveal the thinking of the people doing the aasessment. you begin to see the inner biases of those involved - as in, "oh, that guy hates anything with a coartoon in it". and it becomes a better way to figure out this stuff.
wow, that's a toughie. jeff's statemments command a LOT of import in a discussion like this.
if it was a 'mousehole" - well. i LIKE that little joke. i'd actually give it lotsa points for that. if it was a rip of a local sign - i dunno. i've done the same thing many many times. at the same time, i consider it a lazy cheapshot (something i know, becasue, again, i'm guilty of that same act many many times).
so, to be fair to the poster and to myself(a bias) i'd give a middle score. 25.
plantweed - forget the obvious - try to preserve the stuf that is the contemporary equivalent. dance culture is an obvious extreeme example. what are the current versions of style (like 'googie' was of the it's time)?