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 Hum, Stereogum 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?
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