Poster Of The Week: A Night of Texas Roots Music, Tonight at City Tavern

Let me start by saying thanks for all your submissions so far this year. Some of you out there are doing pretty well about submitting your posters well in advance--it's nice to have several pieces to choose from every week.

There are some really nice posters that have already been selected for the coming weeks (unless, of course, something is submitted between now and then and topples the current leaders). So with that, please, please, spread the word to your favorite promoters, bookers, designers, illustrators, printers, etc, about submitting their gig posters to DC9.

Now for this week's winner...

Brought to us by someone who's no stranger to having their work featured here, Gavin Mulloy, this week's selection keeps things quaint and calm.

"It really made me feel like the music from the '50s," says Mulloy of the image he found and incorporated into this piece. "And the presumable Dad was making his daughters play while he sang because his buddy Gus or Steve had a drinking problem and was banned from the saloon where they had their gig. It ended up having an old pack of smokes feel to it."

I'll definitely agree that it does have a old feel to it, keeping it "earthy" as Mulloy also adds. Although the only hint of tobacco and/or nicotine I think this piece has is the earth-tone color palette and chevron shape happening at the lower half of the piece. It feels more like an old oil can or or songbook cover filled with some earthy tunes of a by-gone era, either way, tit for tat, it still works in the vintage respect.

The colors work here, as does the added grunge, to give the public domain vintage image Mulloy spoke of an appropriate stage to perform on.

The only critical observation I have to speak of in terms of improvement would be the type handling. Where the type choices are, for the most part, sound, the handling seems a little hasty. This can be seen by the loose alignment and inconsistent spacing between lines, mostly in the line leading and margin spacing. With so much type, and a decidedly symmetrical composition, it's not quite lined up.

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If this poster were set with woodblock type, like something out of Hatch Show Print, then the irregular spacing would be more forgivable. In this case, the type is too clean and precise to imagine that the off-kilter spacing is to be intentional.

Enough poking and prodding though, I'll let the good parts of this poster take root to flourish as this week's winner. (Hey--Gavin's won a few times before, so a little nit-picking won't hurt, right?)

Keep sending in your designs, right here. Get them to us at least a week in advance, and don't forget to give us the skinny on the goods. Until next time!

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