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John Foster

John Foster is the principal and superintendent of the DC area studio Bad People Good Things, where he designs, writes, and jets around the world to talk to audiences of all sizes. His work has been everywhere, even resting a few pieces in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian.

He has written a big stack of books and articles, including New Masters of Poster Design, and New Masters of Poster Design, Volume 2, 1,000 Indie Posters, and Dirty Fingernails. He sits behind a giant desk for drawering, inkering, paintering, and computering. Below his feet lies the world's goofiest foxhound.

Columns:

Paper and Ink Workshop: Presses and Printing Environments

One of the advantages of small-press printing is that it doesn't require a huge amount of space to accomplish the desired results.

Topics: Color, Design Reference, Handmade, Layouts, Studio Secrets, Type

Poster of the Week: Gotz Gramlich

Designer: Götz Gramlich Client: What's Next? Poster Competition Size: 594 x 840 mm Print process: Offset Number of inks: 2 colors As one of the cutting edge of German designers, Götz Gramlich has been producing a barrage of incredible posters, with a portfolio stocked with arresting and challenging solutions.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets

Poster of the Week: Felix Pfaffli

I honestly don't know what to do.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Studio Secrets

Poster of the Week: Flatstock/SXSW

This is always a crazy time of the year as my poster and music world's collide under the glare of the Texas sun while floating atop a euphoric wave of free beer, smoked brisket, and crackling guitars.

Topics: Color, Design Reference, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Lure Design

Designer: Jeff Matz / Lure Design Client: Enzian Theater Size: 18 x 24 inches Print process: Screenprint Number of inks: 2 colors "I was pretty psyched to work on the Kill Bill Vol.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Layouts, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Olimpia Zagnoli

Designer: Olimpia Zagnoli Client: The New York Times Size: 60 x 60-cm Print process: Offset Number of inks: 4-Color Process With brilliant simplicity and intensely bright and bold color palettes, Milan's Olimpia Zagnoli has electrified the illustration world.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Self-Promotion

Poster of the Week: Tomasz Kipka

Designer: Tomasz Kipka Client: Slaski Jazz Club (Silesian Jazz Club) Size: 68 x 98-cm Print process: Offset Number of inks: 4-Color Process A unique event needs a unique poster.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Interactive Design, Layouts

Poster of the Week: Post Typography

Designer: Post Typography Client: Johns Hopkins Film Festival Size: 16 x 24-inches Print process: Offset Number of inks: 2-Color One of my favorite things about Baltimore's dynamic design duo, Post Typography, is that they never get caught up in style over substance.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets

Poster of the Week: Methane Studios

I have started writing this column about the illustrative magic of Methane Studios several times over, but I am always paralyzed by which poster or print to focus on.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster of the Week: Anton Stogov

Designer: Anton Stogov Client: The 4th Block 8th Annual Poster Triennial Size: 24 x 34-inches Print process: Digital Number of inks: 4-Color There has been very little coverage stateside about the unrest in the Ukraine.

Topics: Design Reference, Handmade, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster of the Week: Lil Tuffy

Designer: Lil Tuffy Client: Jay Siegan Presents/KRS-ONE Size: 17.

Topics: Handmade, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster of the Week: Edel Rodriguez

Illustrator: Edel Rodriguez Designer: Lisa Dingman Client: Opera Grand Rapids Size: 16 x 24-inches Print process: Offset Number of inks: 4-Color process Not long ago, I was looking for an image to express my dismay with the government shutdown.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Stephan Bundi

Designer: Stephan Bundi Client: TOBS Theater Biel Solothurn Size: 89.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets, Type

Poster of the Week: Homework

Merry Christmas! As the column actually falls on Christmas day this year, it seemed only fitting that it feature a delightful new piece from Homework, my favorite design duo from Poland—Joanna Gorska and Jerzy Skakun.

Topics: Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster of the Week: Andrew Lewis

Designer: Andrew Lewis Client: 11th Francisco Mantecon International Poster Design Competition Size: 70 x 100-cm Print process: Digital Number of inks: 4-Color process Andrew Lewis is one of my very favorite designers, and he brings a unique persepective to poster design that makes his work immediately accessible, yet sophisticated and quirky, leaving many admirers in its wake.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets

Poster of the Week: L2M3

Designer: L2M3, Sascha Lobe with Ina Bauer Client: Das Programm Size: 33.

Topics: Design Reference, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster of the Week: Waldemar Swierzy

The poster design world lost an absolute giant recently as Waldemar Swierzy fell victim to a long battle with cancer in his native Poland.

Topics: Design Reference, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster of the Week: Alan Forbes Benefit

Sad news arrived this past October in the poster world, as iconic gigposter artist Alan Forbes was viciously attacked in the Lower Haight neighborhood in San Francisco.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets, Type

Poster of the Week: Neil Kellerhouse

Designer: Neil Kellerhouse Client: Andreas Johnsen Size: 24 x 66-inches Print process: Offset Number of inks: 4-Color process Sometimes, all you have to do is ask.

Topics: Design Reference, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets

Poster of the Week: The Decoder Ring Design Concern

Designer: Geoff Peveto Client: Desaparecidos Size: 20 x 26-inches Print process: Screenprint Number of inks: 1 When you have a simple idea, it is so easy to make a mess of things by adding on to it or dressing it up in a ton of stylized elements and colors and filters and fonts.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets, Type

Poster of the Week: Sagmeister

Designer: Sagmeister Inc (now Sagmeister & Walsh) Client: Warner Bros.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets, Type

Poster of the Week: Nymphomaniac

This column is usually reserved for what I feel are the very best examples of poster design out there today, but every once in a while, they are the domain of posters that I really think deserve a wider discussion and analysis.

Topics: Branding Identity, Layouts, Type

Poster of the Week: Acapulco Studio

Designer: Agata Dudek and Malgorzata Nowak / Acapulco Studio Client: Ezop Publisher Size: 70 x 100-cm Print process: Offset Number of inks: 4-color process Every day, as I try to peck out a few mildly coherent sentences, I am surrounded by slobbering beasts that constantly beg for my attention and demand food and new toys every twelve minutes.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Layouts, Pattern & Palette, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Damien Tran

Designer: Damien Tran Client: West Germany Size: 50 x 70-cm Print process: Screenprint Number of inks: 2 If it seems like this might be the year that designer Damien Tran breaks out, it would certainly be just.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Edel Rodriguez

Illustrator: Edel Rodriguez Designer: D.

Topics: Handmade, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster of the Week: Erich Brechbuhl

Designer: Erich Brechbühl (based on a poster by Ernst Hodel from 1928) Client: Theater Aeternam Size: 90.

Topics: Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Dan Stiles

Designer: Dan Stiles Client: Of Monsters And Men / Boulder Theater Size: 18 x 24-inches Print process: Screenprint Number of inks: 4 Sometimes going in a little blind about your subject can be a good thing, as designer Dan Stiles explains: "When I was first commissioned to do this poster, I really knew very little about the band, other than one song, Little Talk, but I started thinking about that concept of a little talk, or maybe a whisper.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster of the Week: Martin Venezky

Designer: Martin Venezky Client: San Francisco Arts Commission Size: 11 x 17-inches (larger sized editions to follow) Print process: Offset Number of inks: 4-color process Some designers always seem breathtakingly modern, never satisfied with the norm, always breaking apart and challenging their own work.

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Poster of the Week: Vivienne Flesher / Chelsea Cardinal

Designer: Chelsea Cardinal Illustrator: Vivienne Flesher Client: Society of Illustrators Size: 24 x 36-inches Print process: Offset Number of inks: 5 You know how you truly can tell that you have just had an awesome promotional poster arrive in the mail? When it is so amazing from head to toe that you can't decide which side to hang on the wall, and you find yourself begging the organization for a second print.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster of the Week: Jay Ryan

Designer: Jay Ryan / The Bird Machine Inc.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Aesthetic Apparatus

Designer: Aesthetic Apparatus Client: Aesthetic Apparatus Size: 12.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster of the Week: Sonnenzimmer

Designer: Sonnenzimmer (Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi) Client: The Mies van der Rohe Society Size: 18 x 24-inches Print process: Screenprint Number of inks: 2 Some weeks you just need some Sonnenzimmer.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Pattern & Palette, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets

Poster of the Week: Ryan Duggan

Designer: Ryan Duggan Client: Pissed Jeans Size: 18 x 24 inches Printing Process: Screenprint Number of Inks: Three In the throes of August, it proved absolutely impossible to resist a poster that manages to subvert all that we hold dear about the summer months, while also promoting Pennsylvania's finest noiseniks, and still manage to look so "inviting.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Creative Allies: At What Cost?

An old conversation reared its ugly head this past week.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Professional Development, Profiles

Poster of the Week: Zeloot

Designer: Zeloot Client: Club O Size: 13.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Layouts, Pattern & Palette, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: John Van Hamersveld

It is one thousand degrees out in most places, and if we are not already at the beach, we most certainly wish that we were.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Pattern & Palette, Profiles

Poster of the Week: Qian Qian

Designer: Qian Qian Client: Qian Qian Size: 18 x 24 inches Print process: Digital Number of inks: Three I don't know how many of you have noticed but it is HOT out there all of the sudden! Summer is officially here in a big way with the kids splashing at the pool and my beastly hairy neighbor sipping lemonade while mowing his grass with his shirt off.

Topics: Handmade, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster of the Week: Ghost

Designer: Ghost Client: Neenah Paper Size: 5.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster of the Week: Dirk Fowler

Designer: Dirk Fowler Client: Another Planet Entertainment Size: 18 x 24 inches Print process: Screenprint Number of inks: Two Being perfectly honest, every week I could fill this column with a poster from Dirk Fowler and feel like I have more than done my job.

Topics: Handmade, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets

Poster of the Week: Dmitry Rekin

Designer: Dmitry Rekin Client: Haapsalu Graphic Design Festival Size: 1000 x 2000 mm Print process: Digital Number of inks: 3 colors Russian poster design has gotten stronger and stronger over the past decade, with Dmitry Rekin firmly entrenched in the leading wave.

Topics: Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: The Little Friends of Printmaking

Designer: The Little Friends of Printmaking Client: The Little Friends of Printmaking Size: 19 x 25 inches Print process: Screenprint Number of inks: Two The dynamic duo of Melissa and JW Buchanan are doing the unthinkable: Moving from Wisconsin to Los Angeles! Long one of my favorite imagemakers, as well as some of the most inventive printers in the screenprinting world, The Little Friends of Printmaking's surroundings have always seemed to seep into their work in the quirkiest of ways.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster of the Week: Sarah Mazzetti

Designer: Sarah Mazzetti Client: A Tropical Clash Size: various Print process: Digital Number of inks: 4-color process Italian illustrator Sarah Mazzetti always makes me smile with her delightful imagery, occupying a place that seems to draw on classic influences, yet the final application is as if it exists in an alternate reality.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster of the Week: Jason Munn

Designer: Jason Munn Client: Sasquatch! Music Festival Size: 18 x 24 inches Print process: Screenprint Number of inks: 1 color Jason Munn's work as The Small Stakes has long been one of my favorites.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets

Poster of the Week: Sleep Op

Designer: Corianton Hale Client: Three Dollar Bill Cinema Size: 11 x 17 inches Print process: Offset Number of inks: 4-color process Corianton Hale is a designer who always makes me smile.

Topics: Color, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets, Type

Poster of the Week: Felix Pfaffli

Designer: Felix Pfäffli Client: Weltformat Poster Festival Size: 8.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster of the Week: Anna Kovecses

Designer: Anna Kövecses Client: Anna Kövecses Size: 22 x 27 inches Print process: Giclee Number of inks: 4-color process Over the years, there has been a lot of grumbling about self-initiated projects in the design world.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets

Poster of the Week: Felix Pfaffli

Designer: Felix Pfäffli Client: Südpol Lucerne Size: 8.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Casey Deming

Designer: Casey Deming Client: Tuesday Series Size: 8.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Felix Pfaffli

Designer: Felix Pfäffli Client: Südpol Lucerne Size: 11.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Lure Design

Designer: Jeff Matz / Lure Design Client: Enzian Theater Size: 18 x 24 inches Print process: Screenprint Number of inks: 3 colors There are some designers that you tend to take for granted, for better or worse, and Jeff Matz and the fine folks at Lure fall into that category for me.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Felix Pfaffli

Designer: Felix Pfäffli, Mathis Pfäffli Client: Lucerne University of Design and Art Size: 8.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Professional Development, Profiles

Poster of the Week: Damien Tran

Designer: Damien Tran Client: Eine Welt Aus Hack Size: 20 x 27 inches Print process: Screenprint Number of inks: 3 colors We saw Damien Tran making his first appearance in this column late last year, but his recent streak of work has just been too good to hold back on showcasing another piece.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster Of The Week: Jeff Kleinsmith

Designer: Jeff Kleinsmith Client: Experience Music Project Museum, Seattle, WA Size: 18" x 24" Print process: Screen printing Number of inks: Four This is the very first Poster Of The Week and I couldn't be more excited.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles

Poster of the Week: Seripop

It has been an exciting time over here at the old Poster Of The Week office, as I just finished the manuscript for a new book; the upcoming "Paper and Ink Workshop.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Austin Rolling Roadshow

We will return to our regularly scheduled single poster series next week, but I had to share some goodies with all of you that I was recently reacquainted with.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Shinmura Design Office

Taking a slight detour this week, I was reminded of this incredible set of older posters from Tokyo's Shinmura Design Office, thanks to a post from past POTW recipient Bircan Ak.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Type

Poster of the Week: Jennifer Sterling (part two)

Designer: Jennifer Sterling Photographer: Jurek Wajdowicz Client: Jennifer Sterling Design Size: 30 x 30 inches Printing Process: Offset Number of Inks: Four I wrote quite a bit on Jennifer Sterling's announcement of her summer workshops last year, and I was very taken by her interaction with the photography of Jurek Wajdowicz (branching out from his own stellar design work.

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Poster of the Week: Ron Liberti (again!)

Designer: Ron Liberti Client: Cat's Cradle / Yo La Tengo Size: 12.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Adrien Houillere

Designer: Adrien Houillère Client: La Rodia / Intermèdes Géographique Size: 450 x 650 mm Printing Process: Screenprint Number of Inks: One Printing out of the Atelier Superseñor, a silkscreen collective workspace shared by 10 designers and illustrators, Adrien Houillère set about creating a poster to promote two concerts, on one page, and with a single color.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster of the Week: Graphic Advocacy

Breaking with tradition here (and format) but I wanted to take a moment to let everyone know about a wonderful poster exhibit curated by Elizabeth Resnick, that opened yesterday at the Stephen B.

Topics: Design Reference, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Katja Schloz

Designer: Katja Schloz Client: Julia Heuer Textile and Costume Design Size: 420 x 594 mm Printing Process: Offset Number of Inks: 4-color process Creating a promotional poster for avant textile and costume designer, Julia Heuer, Katja Schloz immediately went to work in that conceptual fashion that only she can.

Topics: Fashion, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets, Type

Poster of the Week: Happy New Year!

Designer: Gary Taxali The New Year always brings about a barrage of posters and images celebrating the passage of time (and occassionally warning against the days to come.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Mark Gowing

Designer: Mark Gowing Client: Mark Gowing Design Size: 23.

Topics: Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets, Type

Poster of the Week: James Victore

Designer: James Victore Client: Mudac Museum Size: 34 x 50 inches Printing Process: Screenprint Number of Inks: Two "Everybody likes fingerpainting.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Drew Millward

Designer: Drew Millward Client: Birthdays/Mission of Burma Size: 18 x 21 inches Printing Process: Screenprint Number of Inks: Two One of the best concerts I have ever seen happened just last Thursday in a small club in London, packed with people shoulder to shoulder, as another hundred tried to get in from the outside, watching Mission of Burma rip through their full discography and absolutely burn the room to smithereens.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster Of The Week: Damien Tran

Designer: Damien Tran Client: Loophole/Berlin Size: 35 x 50 cm Print process: Screenprint Number of inks: 3 colors One of my favorite things about keeping up with the poster scene is when you spot a breakthrough piece by a designer, the time when they are truly finding their own direction and pushing themselves to greater heights.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles

Poster of the Week: Opossom Series

There have been so many times when I wondered how different designers would approach the same problem.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster of the Week: Modern Dog

Designer: Modern Dog Client: Greenwood Arts Council Size: 18 x 25 inches Printing Process: Screenprint Number of Inks: Three It is a time to give thanks, so I have dug deep into my poster collection for a piece that sums up so many emotions at the moment.

Topics: Handmade, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets

Poster of the Week: Jianping He

Designer: Jianping He Client: Four Zero Art Space Size: 33.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Sagmeister & Walsh

Designer: Sagmeister & Walsh Client: PUBLIC Bikes Size: 40 x 60 inches Printing Process: Offset Number of Inks: 4-color process By now, all of you are well aware of the "Why didn't I think of that?" standard put in place around here.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets, Type

Poster of the Week: Nova

Designer: Nova Client: Jimmy Kimmel Live! Size: 19 x 21 inches Printing Process: Screenprint Number of Inks: Four (with 6 passes) This poster is balls to the wall cool on so many levels.

Topics: Handmade, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets

Poster of the Week: Homework

Designer: Homework (Joanna Górska + Jerzy Skakun) Client: Spectator Size: 68 x 98 Printing Process: Offset Number of Inks: 4-Color Process The dynamic duo of Joanna Górska and Jerzy Skakun at Homework top my list for the most amazing purveors of vector graphics, often whittling down the elements to their most basic shapes, while presenting some of the most sophisticated solutions the world has ever seen.

Topics: Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster of the Week: Zwolf

Designer: Stefan Guzy, Björn Wiede Client: Condre Scr Size: 70 x 100 cm Printing Process: Screenprint Number of Inks: One After showcasing several posters from the recent stellar run by Berlin's Zwolf, the time has come to feature one last burst of brilliance before forcing them to wait at least another month before gracing these digital pages.

Topics: Handmade, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Yann Legendre

Designer: Yann Legendre Client: The Steppenwolf Theater Size: 24 x 36 inches Printing: Offset Number of Inks: Two Yann Legendre has been one of my favorite poster designers for quite some time, not only for his immense talent and signature style, but for his continued advocacy for the form.

Topics: Color, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster of the Week: Justin Walsh

Designer: Justin Walsh Clients: Melvins Size: 18x24 inches Printing Process: Screenprint Number of Inks: Three Exploring the pressures that come with being part of a gigposter series last week, I failed to touch on the most intense of all invitations—working on The Melvins tour.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster of the Week: Doe Eyed

Designer: Eric Nyffeler / Doe Eyed Client: Swans Size: 18 x 24 inches Printing Process: Screenprint Number of Inks: Three One of the toughest assignments in the gigposter world is being part of a tour series.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Ryan Duggan

Designer: Ryan Duggan Client: Heavy Times Size: 12 x 24 inches Printing Process: Screenprint Number of Inks: Four The main deciding factor in what I truly enjoy in poster design is often whether or not it is something I think I could have come up with on my own.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster of the Week: Zwolf

Designer: Stefan Guzy Client: dffb (German Film and Television Academy Berlin) Size: 841 x 1189 mm Printing Process: Screenprint Number of Inks: Two Many of you might be saying, "another Zwolf poster???" Then you lay eyes on this beauty and you say; "ANOTHER ZWOLF POSTER!!!!" It is true that I have been transfixed by their recent output, but let's all be honest and admit that these are quite simply too good to be limited to one showing for the studio a year.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Pattern & Palette, Profiles, Studio Secrets

Poster of the Week: Zwolf

Designer: Stefan Guzy, Björn Wiede, with Susanne Kriemann Client: Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Size: 92 x 129 cm Printing Process: Screenprint Number of Inks: One Continuing the string of strong work for Berlin studio Zwölf (with much more to come), they dazzle with some old-fashioned one-color creativity.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Scott Campbell

Designer: Scott Campbell Client: Metric Size: 18 x 24 inches Printing Process: Screenprint Number of Inks: Four What do a group of radical young Italian architects from the '60s have to do with a Canadian indie rock band and one of the coolest designers in New Orleans, you ask? "Metric came to me looking for something reminiscent of Superstudio," designer Scott Campbell explains.

Topics: Design Reference, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets, Type

Poster of the Week: Zwolf

Designer: Stefan Guzy, Björn Wiede Client: Freie Universität Berlin Size: 23.

Topics: Layouts, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets, Type

Poster of the Week: Joyce Hesselberth

Designer: Joyce Hesselberth Client: Northern Baltimore County Art Foundation Size: 12 x 18 inches Printing Process: Gicleé Number of Inks: Four-color Process Working with her partner in Spur Design (and husband) Dave Plunkert, designer/illustrator extraordinaire Joyce Hesselberth contemplated how to approach promoting the upcoming Gunpowder River Artfest.

Topics: Handmade, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Luke Drozd

Designer: Luke Drozd Client: Bestival / New Order Size: 420 x 594 cm Printing Process: Screenprint Number of Inks: Three When faced with the prospect of putting your work against one of the industry's icons, there are multiple options available: "When I was asked to design a poster for New Order, the first thing I became aware of was that I was basically being asked to create a print for a band that generally works with one of the world's most respected designers in Peter Saville," explains Luke Drozd.

Topics: Design Reference, Handmade, Pattern & Palette, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster of the Week: Jonathan Barnbrook

Designer: Jonathan Barnbrook Client: Self Size: 841 x 1189 mm Printing Process: Digital Number of Inks: 4-Color Process I have to confess that I was giddy like a schoolgirl upon hearing that Jonathan Barnbrook and Vaughan Oliver were assembling a collection of British design luminaries to create a gallery full of posters.

Topics: Design Reference, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Timothy O'Donnell

Designer: Timothy O'Donnell Client: Snowden Size: 11 x 17 inches Printing Process: Offset Number of Inks: 4-Color Process Timothy O'Donnell is a name I had seen often, hiding in the shadows of the credits of some of my favorite album sleeves.

Topics: Color, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of the Week: Anthony Dihle

Designer: Anthony Dihle Client: Pleasant Pops Size: 16 x 26 inches Printing Process: Screenprint Number of Inks: Six When you combine like-minded creatives willing to go the extra mile, no matter what their business, the results can be sublime.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Layouts, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets

Poster of the Week: L-ABLE and QB

Designer: L-ABLE and QB Client: Intramoenia Extrart - Eclettica Cultura Dell'arte Size: 70 x 100 cm Printing Process: Offset Number of Inks: Four-Color Process Some people always amaze me with their devotion to going the extra mile in seeing through a concept.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets, Type

Poster Of The Week: James Flames

Designer: James Flames Client: Mogwai Size: 18 x 24 inches Printing Process: Screenprint Number of Inks: Four The average gigposter designer is so prolific these days that, at times, it can make it difficult to honor individual pieces within a greater body of work.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster Of The Week: Dave Plunkert

Designer: Dave Plunkert / Spur Design Client: Theatre Project Size: 14 x 23 inches Printing Process: Offset Number of Inks: Three When I was in college, Dave Plunkert was the designer we all looked up to.

Topics: Handmade, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster Of The Week: Masoud Agahei

Designer: Masoud Agahei Client: Mehregan Charity Institute Size: 70 x 100 cm Printing Process: Offset Number of Inks: One There are two things I am a sucker for (well, three, if you count photos people post of their dogs on Instagram): hand done typography, and a curling moustache.

Topics: Handmade, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster Of The Week: Zafer Lehimler

Designer: Zafer Lehimler Client: Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Graphic Department Size: 70 x 100 cm Printing Process: Digital Number of Inks: 4-color process Hearing about the Reggae Poster Design contest, I was skeptical about what would result.

Topics: Color, Layouts, Pattern & Palette, Self-Promotion

Poster Of The Week: The Little Friends of Printmaking

Designer: The Little Friends of Printmaking Client: Warner Bros.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets

Poster Of The Week: Andrew Vastagh

Designer: Andrew Vastagh / BOSS CONSTRUCTION Client: Mudhoney Size: 18 x 24 inches Printing Process: Silkscreen Number of Inks: Two The posters that make their way out of the BOSS CONSTRUCTION design oven over the years have always been piping hot, and to make them all the more delicious, designer Andrew Vastagh is as nice as they come, mixing his southern charm with a true appreciation and passion for design at all levels.

Topics: Handmade, Profiles, Studio Secrets, Type

Poster Of The Week: Jesse Tise

Designer: Jesse Tise Client: Self Size: 9 x 12 inches Printing Process: Digital / Silkscreen Number of Inks: 4-color process / Three One of the most exciting illustrators/artists I have come across is the enchanting mix of sophisticated whimsy in Jesse Tisse's work.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster Of The Week: Noah Woods

Designer: Noah Woods Client: Chicago Tribune Size: 18 x 20 inches Printing Process: Offset Number of Inks: Four-Color Process One of the joys in my career has been having projects that allow for the opportunity to work with some of my favorite illustrators.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Pattern & Palette, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster of The Week: Zeloot

Designer: Zeloot Client: Zeloot / Slowboy Records Size: 19 x 26 inches Printing Process: Screenprint Number of Inks: Five Some designers challenge your very perception as to what can be "design.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Pattern & Palette, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Dirty Work: The New New Masters

I am always careful to make sure that my writing here contains my specific viewpoint, but never veers into the overtly self promotional.

Topics: Design Reference, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets, Type

Poster Of The Week: Nate Duval

Designer: Nate Duval Client: Lotus Size: 18 x 24 inches Printing Process: Screenprint Number of Inks: Four Long admiring Nate Duval and his quirky color palettes and intersecting (and at times incongruous) images, to the point of staring at his vegetable/fauna/animal head series and his intricate owls for hours, enjoying every tiny detail, it was no surprise to me when he branched into projects that fully exploited his love of patterns and detail.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Pattern & Palette, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster Of The Week: Aesthetic Apparatus

Designer: Aesthetic Apparatus Client: Andrew Bird Size: 18 x 24 inches Printing Process: Screenprint Number of Inks: Three When they first formed, the duo of Michael Byzewski and Dan Ibarra donned the name Aesthetic Apparatus and quickly set about redefining the look of the gig-poster world.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Dirty Work: Makeup the Difference

This began as a simple Poster Of The Week column, as I was transfixed by so many posters created by the masterful duo of Nancy Skolos and Tom Wedell.

Topics: Design Reference, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets, Type

Poster Of The Week: Yee-Haw Industries

I know this column is supposed to feature a single poster each week, but sometimes current events dictate that the rules bend a little, and this is a case where I am certainly willing to make a whole new set of rules if need be.

Topics: Design Reference, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets, Type

Poster Of The Week: Post Typography

Designer: Post Typography Client: Post Typography Size: 24 x 24 x 18 inches (arrow is 18 inches long) Printing Process: Digital Number of Inks: One Every once in a while, it is good to be reminded that a simple idea will trump anything you might be able to throw at the wall style-wise (literally, in this case.

Topics: Design Reference, Handmade, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets

Poster Of The Week: Jennifer Sterling

Designer: Jennifer Sterling Photographer: Jurek Wajdowicz Client: Jennifer Sterling Design Size: 26 x 30 inches Printing Process: Offset Number of Inks: Six During the years when I would argue for days upon days about the merits of various designers (I have mellowed a touch since, just a touch), none was as polarizing a figure as Jennifer Sterling.

Topics: Design Reference, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster Of The Week: Dawid Ryski

Designer: Dawid Ryski Client: Go-Ahead Agency Size: 19.

Topics: Design Reference, Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster Of The Week: Raymond Biesinger

Designer: Raymond Biesinger Client: The Manual Size: 16 x 22 inches Printing Process: Screenprint Number of Inks: 2 colors Raymond Biesinger has long been one of my favorite illustrators (his preferred title, as opposed to that of a designer) with his highly graphic imagery, throwing in just the right balance of modern and retro influences, to create a unique path that is all his own.

Topics: Design Reference, Handmade, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster Of The Week: Johnny Selman

Designer: Johnny Selman Client: Penn-Shank Memorial Foundation Size: 16 x 24 inches Printing Process: Screenprint Number of Inks: 3 colors "The Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival is a scholarship fundraiser in Martinsville, VA.

Topics: Color, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Poster Of The Week: Jim Mazza

Designer: Jim Mazza Client: Golden Voice Size: 19 x 25 inches Printing Process: Screenprinting Number of inks: 3 colors, including metallic silver There is a certain sub genre of the gigposter world where some of the finest illustrators around almost numb you to their talent through a constant barrage of stellar work.

Topics: Handmade, Pattern & Palette, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Dirty Work: Your Version Is My Version

In their own special way, the world of design, and the world of music, are both terribly small.

Topics: Branding Identity, Color, Packaging, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets

Poster Of The Week: Andrew Lewis

Designer: Andrew Lewis Client: Self Size: 70 x 100 cm Printing Process: Digital Inks: 4-color process Some people are born to make posters, and some are born to wear luchador masks in every formal photo ever taken of them—British Columbia's top design maven, Andrew Lewis, was born to do both! One of my very favorite things about Andrew, and there are many, just check out my profile of him in the first volume of New Masters of Poster Design, is that the man will make a poster at the drop of a hat.

Topics: Handmade, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets

Poster Of The Week: Casey Deming

Designer: Casey Deming Client: Tuesday Series Size: 7.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Poster Of The Week: Dale Edwin Murray

Designer: Dale Edwin Murray Client: V&A Museum Of Childhood Size: 48 x 72 inches Printing Process: Digital Number of Inks: 4-color process Bringing modern whimsy, to a retro-style execution, London's Dale Edwin Murray has often made me smile with both his illustrations, and choice of subject matter (check out his Hip Hop Head prints).

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles

Poster Of The Week: Luba Lukova

Designer: Luba Lukova Client: Luba Lukova and Wright Gallery, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS Size: 27.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles

Poster Of The Week: Mehdi Saeedi

Designer: Mehdi Saeedi Client: Shams-E-Tabrizi and Maulana Foundation Size: 50 x 70 inches Printing Process: Offset Number of Inks: 4-color Process Mehdi Saeedi has long been one of my favorite poster designers, not just for his ability to simplify complex religious imagery and icons and translate them back into artistic joys, but even more so for his almost lyrical use of typography, making the culture of Iran, which can seem impenetrable at times, accessible and inviting.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles

Dirty Work: Bruce Is On The Loose

The one and only Bruce Springsteen recently unveiled the artwork for his upcoming album Wrecking Ball.

Topics: Layouts, Packaging, Type

Poster Of The Week: Stereotype Design

Designer: Mike Joyce, Stereotype Design Client: Swissted Size: 35.

Topics: Branding Identity, Handmade, Layouts

Poster Of The Week: Bircan Ak

Designer: Bircan Ak Client: Self Size: 50 x 70 cm Printing Process: Monotype Number of Inks: 1 As I was viewing the slowly revealed images, stark in their black and white appearance, as well as their interpretation of the subject matter, I arrived at one of the most stunning pieces I had encountered in years.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts

Poster Of The Week: Francois Caspar

Designer: François Caspar Client: Self Size: 47.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles

Poster Of The Week: Sonnenzimmer

Designer: Sonnenzimmer (Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi) Client: The Art Directors Club of Tulsa Size: 18 x 24-inches Print process: Screenprint Number of inks: 5 The close of 2011 saw two of my very favorite things coming together.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts

Poster Of The Week: Happy Holidays

It only makes sense to lead with this amazing and apt letterpress print from the fine folks at Hammerpress.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Random

Poster Of The Week: Melinda Beck

Designer: Melinda Beck Client: Spur Size: 15 x 20-inches Print process: Screenprint Number of inks: 3 For an exhibition of their combined work at the Spur Gallery (run by a like-minded couple in illustrators Dave Plunkert and Joyce Hesselberth) entitled Before or Since, designer/illustrator Melinda Beck used her silhouette style to depict herself and husband Jordin Islip as a two-headed person, adapting their daughters Chloe and Simone into a hungry climbing bug and freshly hatched baby chick respectively.

Topics: Handmade, Profiles

Poster Of The Week: Homework

Designer: Joanna Górska + Jerzy Skakun (Homework) Client: SFP Size: 68 x 98 cm Print process: Offset Number of inks: 4-color process Homework's Joanna Górska and Jerzy Skakun have been producing some of the most brilliant posters the world has seen in the last few years.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles, Type

Poster Of The Week: Simon C. Page

Designer: Simon C.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts

Dirty Work: Do You Sell Puffer Fish?

The one and only Jesse LeDoux emerged as a major talent during his time working at Sub Pop Records (you likely have some of his sleeves in your record collection, assuming you have good taste in music, or design, or both) and then took to a little world travel, only to return as a force in both the illustration and whimsical fine art fields via his LeDouxville studio.

Topics: Environmental Design, Fashion, Handmade, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets

Poster Of The Week: Ron Liberti

Designer: Ron Liberti Client: Nick Kulp / Far-Out Fangtooth Size: 12" x 17" Print process: Screenprint Number of inks: 2 colors (with split fountain) My admiration for Ron Liberti has stretched across many books, including a profile in the upcoming New Masters of Poster Design: Volume Two, so it is no surprise that he would turn up here.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Profiles

Poster Of The Week: Zach Hobbs

Designer: Zach Hobbs Client: Amanda Rose Cagle / Mast-Head Productions Size: 12 x 18 in Print process: Digital Number of inks: 4-color process Zach Hobbs and the Young Monster crew have been experimenting with pulling apart faces and reassembling them for the past year, often with thrilling results (a lot of those can be seen in New Masters of Poster Design: Volume Two, mentioned below) but the poster that caught my eye recently was the one where Hobbs tore it apart, then left the pieces to survive on their own.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles

Dirty Work: Visual Pleasures

Creating a homage to another designer might just be the most difficult assignment ever given.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Profiles

Dirty Work: Girl (Un)Interrupted

Frida Clements has been a quiet force in the poster scene for some time now.

Topics: Handmade, Profiles

Dirty Work: False Teeth In My Mailbox

The despair that greets me at the black metal shell outside my door has reached silent movie status.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Self-Promotion

Dirty Work: Weekend at Lanny's

It is back to school time for ages young and old (and another reminder that I will be forever hopeless at picking out a great "outfit" for a 10 year-old girl.

Topics: Design Reference, Handmade, Profiles, Self-Promotion, Type

Dirty Work: My Relationships with Monsters, Aliens (and Humans)

Standing before me is decades of musical genius in the form of a face bleating red from the strain of elongating the final syllable in the word "Chicago.

Topics: Handmade, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Dirty Work: Five Questions That Will Change Your Life Forever

Stefan Bucher is one of my very favorite people.

Topics: Design Reference, Profiles

Dirty Work: Monsters Among Us

Our love affair has been torrid at times, with a flame too strong to ever properly extinguish.

Topic: Handmade