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Poster critique!


#1
Hi everyone =) Well basically my school's art department commissioned me to create 2 posters promoting the school art clubs and soo I created these xD They've already been put up around the school but I was wondering what all of you awesome designers on here think of them and if there's anything that I can improve =) I'm not too sure if they stand out enough and if the typography's ok but it's the first time i've tried to create posters so any advice would be really appreciated!
 

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Paul Murray

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#2
I like them actually, I love the retro/vintage colour.

I'm not keen on the clipart paintbrush in the 2nd one though, and I don't know if the horizontal text is working with the rest of the type being at an angle but they work, and they're certainly not eyesores :D
 
#3
Thanks! =D Yeah I normally would have drawn my own paintbrush but I had to give these in the day after I was asked to make them xD
 
#4
Agreed, I really like the faded feel that the colour has about them, along with the textured background. The angled text seems to fit the style well and I think you've pulled it all off!
 

Dave L

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#6
Nice job (although I'm not sure you need the little pictures/graphic devices at all); particularly like the colour choices you've made.
 
#8
Thanks both of you =)

Dave L - I put the graphic elements in because I thought that the posters would look a bit empty otherwise! But i'm starting to learn now that sometimes less is more xD
 
#9
For some reason I can't find the button to edit my post xD but i forgot to say that I also put the elements in to try and make the posters look more like they were for art clubs, and that I didn't put the same elements on both posters because I wanted to target different year groups =) If that makes sense!
 

Dave L

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#10
I see what you're saying but they look a bit like an afterthought to drive the message home. If I were revisiting it with this in mind, I'd probably try to communicate the art thing a bit more overtly (but still subtly) by making the light diagonal strip on the right-hand side (or maybe the coloured one on the left - not sure) look like it had been done with a paintbrush (something like this: Photos.com - Photos.com | License and Download 94502949 Today.).

That said, I don't think it's necessary.
 
#11
I see what you're saying but they look a bit like an afterthought to drive the message home. If I were revisiting it with this in mind, I'd probably try to communicate the art thing a bit more overtly (but still subtly) by making the light diagonal strip on the right-hand side (or maybe the coloured one on the left - not sure) look like it had been done with a paintbrush (something like this: Photos.com - Photos.com | License and Download 94502949 Today.).

That said, I don't think it's necessary.
Hmm yeah I guess they do a bit now you mention it. Thanks for the advice and the idea of making the strip look like it was painted! I'll try it out at some point =)