one reason i (personally) think the type is "boring" is that it's a hand-drawn illustrative typeface that was computerized into a dipshit "house" font. so, it's a mediocre typeface design (that's a pale imitation of the illustrative hand drawn type on those aurora monster model kits) that looks uniform instead of illustrative.
combine that with the obvious fotoshop quality of the image and you get these weird clashes all over - computer program clashing with computer program.
in design, most of the time you want the type to not compete with the image, but compliment or even support the image. however, in gigposter world, clashing is where it's at. we clash type and image every chance we get. having type that works as an illustration sitting next to an illustration that works as a piece of computerize stock product creates clashes that the desinger never dreamed of.
the result is dead. the type and the image cancel each other out.
but, that's just my analysis. it isn't a BAD poster at all. just a little "beginnery". give him a few more years and some more readings about design and he'll catch on.
if you guys can explain what you say, then we'd actually have some sort of real criticism going in this thread. otherwise it's just attitude and opinion of the lowest sort. "boring", or "i like the image" says nothing, really.
i do romanticize avant guard art periods (who doesn't?). but, when it comes to these posters, i've stepped past that notion. i think they represented a huge milestone in the development of western culture. it was the first visible (even moreso than the music - which was impossible to hear outside of live) manifestation of populism and revolt in subculture really taking on a huge following. these crappy little posters actually were the beginning of the punk aesthetic that we all assume on this site. with the geeks and nerds and jokers that created this 'slap in the face we call a punk poster', it was the initial shot across the bow. it was "the seed" even more than the psych poster folks. these crappy little posters (no matter how "bad" you may consider them) were the beginning. at this point, we really can't imagine a world without the attitude these things geminated. we all became the 'attitude' and the culture is mainstream. but it began with stuff like this.
not romantic. powerful. destroy it all and start over. the process started by these posters continued to evolve until now we all do full color hippie "art prints". it's like the sixties with it's precious little "we're all artists under the skin" following our special little muses. sorta makes me wanna gag, sometimes.
as for the printing, many were xeroxed. but even more were printed "quick print". in the olden days of yore, before kinko's, before desktop, there were dozens of little offset litho print shops in every city that catered to business folks. they specialized in 3-part ncr, cheap biz cards and stationery, forms and little 1/2 color 3-panel brochures. there was enough of that sort of work to keep those ww2 vets with their army surplus cords and 2-color miehle's and a.b.dick 360 presses to make a living. they were so cheap, that it was significantly cheaper than coin-op xerox machines. so, a huge proportion of punk posters were printed on those presses. color was added sometimes, but mostly is was third rate b&w quick print - basically, whoever was fastest and cheapest. 35 bucks and you'd get a few hundred posters to promote the show.
high speed photocopy and desktop printing and the internet eliminated those businesses from existence. i wish they were still around, because it was better than the stuff we do now in many ways. but, those little shops died out. kinko's was the final blow. all gone now. presses in the scrapyards.
you keep tossing the word "admat" around like you actually know what you are talking about. which you don't. you have no idea what an admat is or was or how it was intended or where one was used or not used. you just don't like the layout of that other poster. so, you call it an "admat" like it's a put down.
that makes you ignorant and a jerk. just the facts, phill.