How Posters Work

Posted: May 18, 2015
How Posters Work

Ever since the printing industry refined colour lithography in the 1840’s, making mass production possible, the modern poster as we know it has formed an integral part of the urban landscape. From propagandists, to protestors, through to advertisers, the poster has become an integral tool in communicating all kinds of messages.

A new exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York looks at the cultural impact of this integral design medium. Featuring over 125 posters from Cooper-Hewitt’s permanent collection, the exhibition provides a master class in graphic design. It explores the various principles and techniques employed by the designers to create powerful pieces of visual communication.

The exhibition runs May 8 – November 15, 2015.

Photos by Matt Flynn.