i frankly would recommend any design annual from the period 1957 through 1964. spend time studying the incredible TYPOGRAPHY from that period. it's a peak period of inventive and inspired creative thinking about type and lettering.
i've been holding off on commenting on these new jermaine posters (cuz he and i don't get on). but they are striking because of the idea of the PAINTING as a source of image. very very few posters on this site use paintings as a starting point for a poster design. there's lots of line work and sketching and process work, but paintings? nope. i think it's a whole territory that many of you could enjoy exploring...
however, i think these are BAD posters, largely because the typography and the DESIGN of the posters are really terrible. interesting image, bad design. these are almost textbook examples of how not to do this stuff. jermaine would do well to spend some time studying the art of TYPOGRAPHY or even LETTERING or even just start examining good layout and design books. he could learn an enormous amount very quickly on his own. can anybody out there suggest books he could study? i could make a list, but i think it would be nice to see what you folks found useful in learning the skill of design.
jamie and i got a copy of this a number of years ago - six, seven years ago, maybe? i think bruce licher gave it to us. kept it hanging on the studio wall for years, it was inspirational. it wasn't until i got to this site that i realized that eyenoise (i only recently found his name was thomas scott) did it. it's a strange small fun world at times.
this poster (made by jeff and a guy name of grant alden, who is now art director/editor of NO DEPRESSION magazine, now. the poster was his idea) was such a pain in the ass to make that they cut short the run and didn't use half of the metal sheets - to save grief. the leftovers sat around in my studio for ages. i finally used the them to make my 'teengenerate bullet-hole' poster.
it's a "commemorative" gigposter? is this a whole new category of 'fake' gigposter? i like it! i'm going to do "commemorative" gigposters for my favorite Beatles concerts, like the rooftop concert, or the hollywood bowl. i think i might knock out a few altamont 'commemorative" gigposters, as well. how about a robert johnson "commemorative" gigposter? i could sella bunch of those!!!