12" x 18" 24" x 36" Graphic Design Poster Design

Poster for Women Composers’ Festival

For the 21st International Festival of Women Composers which will take place in Ames, Iowa this year, we just completed the design for the main poster. It comes in two sizes, one 24 inches x 36 inches, and a smaller one (12 inches x 18 inches) that will be given to the individual performers on the day of the concerts.

This year, based on the instruments that will be featured during the performances, we used abstracted representations of a harpsichord (red), an oboe (orange), a pipe organ (yellow), a piano (green), voice (blue), trumpet (indigo), violin (violet), in order to show off the wide range (roygbiv) of the performances. Following the identity of Iowa State University, which is one of the co-sponsors this year, the fonts are limited to ITC Berkeley and Univers.

The background is a rather blurry detail of a photograph showing Helen Keller holding hands with Ann Sullivan.

24" x 36" Graphic Design Poster Design

Final Poster for 20th Festival of Women Composers

Here’s the final version of the poster I designed for the 20th Festival of Women Composers. The client didn’t quite like the purple, so that went the way of the dodo. Also, the Valois tapestry was hard to decypher, even at the 24″ x 36″ size. Rescaling the image (showing only a detail) and using the original colors worked wonders. For the remaining text, logos, and the bird I used color swatches pulled from the Valois tapestry. The client was impressed;–)