10 Great Poster Designs

take it on me, poster design by sagmeister

Words are formed from curly octopus tentacles, and fresh cake slices are served on another poster—these visuals are thought-out by graphic designers who need to capture attention and communicate effectively to a target audience. Included here, are one-sheet designs from 10 individuals like master designer Stefan Sagmeister who continues to inspire so many creatives, to Philippe Apeloig, Jessica Walsh, Anton Burmistrov and others.

Top: This is one of the three “Take it On” posters to promote the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City. It was produced by Sagmeister & Walsh, both teachers at SVA’s design departments and also the reason why their faces were on the posters.
Pina, Motion Theater by Caroline Grohs
A one-sheet for The Motion Theater by Caroline Grohs. This dance company doesn’t actually exist, as Grohs invented it, so that she could create a full branding project for a final exam at the IN.D Institute of Design Dusseldorf.
music room poster, trumpet, by Anton Burmistrov
Anton Burmistrov made this classy promotional poster for Sputnik’s Jazz event held in Tallinn, Estonia. The design was inspired by Led Zeppelin’s song, “Dazed and Confused.”
Shared Voices Poster by Jessica Walsh.
Jessica Walsh composed a poster series for the Shared Voices speaking events, which brings individuals from different fields (e.g. web technology and physics) to open dialogue with students of the Rhode Island School of Design.
10 things I have learned in 2013 by Ivorin Vrkas
“10 Things I have Learned in 2013” is a typographic poster by Ivorin Vrkas who got inspiration from Sagmeister’s acclaimed project “Things I have learned in my life so far,” which has been printed into a book.
green day at greek theater, painting style lettering, by sean freeman, poster design
Another Planet Entertainment commissioned illustrator Sean Freeman to make a concert one-sheet that would visually represent Green Day’s energetic sound.
Affiche Annecy 2013 by Olivier Bonhomme.
This is one of Olivier Bonhomme’s cartoon-style graphic proposals for Affiche Annecy 2013, a film animation festival held in France.
deer, run for life, poster design by mark brooks
Graphic designer Mark Brooks envisioned various minimalist illustrations for t-shirts and posters for SantaMonica’s apparel line.
street scene poster with stairs by Philippe Apeloig
Parisian designer Philippe Apeloig made a clever 3D-style poster for an opera performance at the Theatre du Châtelet.
Scott Woolston's poster "The Dressmaker" was created for the Cannes Film Festival 2013.
Scott Woolston’s created this single-sheet of “The Dressmaker” for The Cannes International Film Festival in 2013.
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Adriana de Barros

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Adriana has created successful projects for over 15 years in the fields of art, design, illustration, fashion and web. She is the Webby-winning designer and editor-in-chief of Illusion (Scene360) magazine. When not online, she is enjoying the quiet life walking her shih tzu at seaside.

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March 10, 2014 Design Posters Typography