Mega dose of poster inspiration: gig posters

Sometimes a heap of design inspiration just falls right into your lap. This happened to us last weekend at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago when we stumbled across Flatstock 35 — almost 50 tents showcasing some of the most awesome design works we’ve ever seen: gig posters.

How did we not think to explore this niche sooner?

Well, to make up for lost time we’ve put together a jumbo-sized roundup of the best we saw.

Musicians commission graphic designers to make these posters, typically to be sold at concerts and the designers tend to have almost complete freedom in their approach. The designs range from digital minimalism to ultra-detailed illustration. The amount of creativity is staggering. Enjoy!

Posters for Arcade Fire and The National, by Burlesque 

Posters for Bon Iver and Sonic Youth, by Casey Burns

Posters for Fleet Foxes and Friendly Fires, by Sean Mort

Posters for Kurt Vile & The Violators and Show ‘N Tell Show, by Alex Todaro

Posters for The XX and Battles, by Adam Hanson

Poster for Vampire Weekend by The Bubble Process (left); poster for NXNE by Doublenaut

Posters for Kraftwerk and Yeasayer, by Sonnenzimmer

Posters for HumStereogum and James Murphy, by The Bird Machine

Posters for Caribou and Cold Cave, by Powerhouse

Posters for Pulp and The Pixies, by La-La Land 

Posters for The Cloak Ox and Phish, by Landland

Posters for NXNE and Tyvek, by Mike Budai

Posters for Santigold and Walk the Moon, by Delicious Design League

Poster for Ray LaMontagne, by Will Ruocco (left); poster for Danzig Legacy by Shawn Knight (right)

Posters for The Pixies and Cults, by Vahalla Studios

Posters for Eric Church and The Black Keys, by The Bungaloo

Any other gig posters you’d like to share?

Alex Bigman is liaison to 99designs' awesome community of graphic designers. He is a recent grad of UC Berkeley, where he studied history of art and cognitive science.
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