Need some help coming up with a poster design? One way to make sure your poster makes a big statement is by making typography the focus point. Unlike other types of designs, there’s a lot more flexibility with what you can do with your poster design. If you need some ideas to get started, here are 15 outstanding ones you can get some inspiration from.
1. Disgrace in Being Demented
This example brings awareness to Alzheimer’s disease. It uses big typography and effects that resemble what happens to victims suffering from this disease. At the bottom of the word demented, you see bits of the font holed out and strewn out in random blocks to parallel what happens to your mind with this disease.
2. WEB APP Poster
This is a poster mock up that can be used to advertise a web hosting management tool on a bus stop. This web hosting tool’s poster can be a great idea to implement for locations that are holding technology conferences. You can clearly see that the typography is bold and easily readable to make sure that it doesn’t bog down the technical explanation of what the product does.
3. Stop Thinking Start Drinking
This humorous poster is an homage to the old school black and white cartoons from the 1920s and 1930s. To make the theme complete, it also uses typography that was used in the same era. It makes the perfect complement to the humor in the poster and creates the right emotions. Overall, the whole poster does a great job in advertising a local bar.
4. Helvetica Story Poster
This poster is entirely driven by typography which makes perfect sense since it’s a story about the font Helvetica. The designers uses descending font sizes for three to five lines at a time to make sure all areas of the poster shines. A spiral imprint runs through the top left and a lighter cascade covers the right half of the poster for a contrasting effect.
5. Ministry of Sound
To put the emphasis on the date of this music event, the designer comes up with a string design pattern to spell out the word Saturday. It’s a beautiful arts and craft projects that was used as typography for this poster. Throughout the poster, you see the list of performers and dates nearly organized on the right hand side in white font to contrast the dark background.
6. Bike Like a New Yorker
This is an awesome poster that’s designed to get more people to bike in the city for a greener environment. It take a bird’s eye view photo of a cross walk with a bicyclist cross a New York street. In the middle of the crosswalk, you see the “Bike Like a New Yorker” statement appearing as if it was painted on the street.
7. Moving Differently From the Mirror
There’s a lot you can do with shapes when it comes to typographic driven poster designs. This example proves that as it uses typography laid out like a staircase. The way that everything is laid out results in a three-dimensional effect which makes the poster unique. It also makes you want to follow the message all the way to the end.
Dockers has come up with a great poster for advertising their pants. Instead of using real models, the typography makes up the shape of where the model would be. The big type states “Behold the Second Dawn of Man” to fill in the silhouette. The important word “Behold” is also used to fill in the outside of the silhouette.
9. Foreign Public Service Poster
This foreign public service poster is an interesting way to deliver a message to the public. It uses vintage style 3-D character models to portray the situation. It then uses typography and an infographic-like presentation full of statistics to convince the reader of the merits of losing weight, saving money and drinking less.
MoMA uses a visually attractive poster to showcase their exhibitions for the year. The poster is divided into four parts that all connect to spell out MoMA. It then uses an interplay of white, orange and black to give the design a modern feel and carefully lays out the descriptions of the exhibits so that they are readable.
11. Guimarães JAZZ 2009
This is a beautiful poster that advertises a Jazz event through a combination of classic visuals and interesting typography. The poster features a musician playing his instrument. To describe the details of the Jazz event, the typography is laid out in a flow pattern to really bring out the feel of the music being played.
12. Got More?
Not all posters need to have intricate designs. This poster does a great job in delivering the right message with simple typography and a simple graphic design. It alludes to the popular milk slogan ‘Got Milk?’ and puts the earth in the center of the poster. There is a straw stuck into the earth with a big portion of the water being dripped out to make a statement about our environmental practices.
13. Robot Earth
There are many creative ways to integrate typography into your poster design. In this example, the designer uses typography to make up the body of the robot. The designer then figures out that he can get the best real estate for his message by putting it on the shoulders and legs of the robot.
14. Arcade Boogie Woogie
This mock up poster for a music event uses some of the most stylish typography you’ll ever come across. The typography is completely customized and is influenced by the 70s era. The entire type is set on the Afro of the woman in the picture for a very interesting and thematic visual presentation.
15. One Hell of a Brew
Vintage typography seems to be in trend these days. This poster goes with the vintage theme for a beer poster mock up. The designer uses various accents like elongated ends and stylish curves to makes his vintage font one of a kind. The faded wash of the font and the poster also creates an interesting effect.
As you can see, there are very few limitations when it comes to poster designs. A poster that’s driven by typography ensures that your message is delivered. Study these examples and see how each artist uses typography in his or her own way.