i tend to champion the more difficult task. i think most people in "design culture" dismiss the boring work out there to easily and overlook the sheer monumental difficulties in favor of praising the pretty and "artistic" work. be honest, the "arty" shit is easy. the boring stuff is the hard stuff. 'design culture' never understands that. they start dissing it with words like "vernacular". it's insulting.
the arty stuff is easy. you don't have any clients to say 'no'.
the best design work happens inside of restrictions. it forces the designer to really THIBK. the fact that this designer was SO restricted and came up with a classic looking poster that could have been from the 50's or the 70's or the 90's or ? is absolutely great. reality is that we never get a chance to follow our creative "muse" in design. we always work FOR a client. this ain't "art".
this stuff looks like real adverts that happen to be about rock concerts. they looks so 1970's that they hit that style accidently right on the head. they look way cool because of it. pure function, no artistic haze to view through. aka - no bullshit poster design. real classic stuff that's VERy hard to do well.
i'll bet NONE of you could do this. you all dis it. but, you can't DO it.