There is no better or longer-lasting application of the graphic designer’s craft than the art poster—illustration, typography and colour combined to make art. Long after the brochures are land-filled and the website has vanished, a well-crafted printed event poster will remain on walls of offices and homes, reminding us of a great moment, communicating our passions or adding colour to our lives. We unabashedly take our inspiration from the great practitioners of the art form— A. M. Cassandre, Fix-Masseau, Seymour Chwast, Peter Max, Milton Glaser, Abram Games, Neville Smith, Guy Allen, Paula Scher, Michael Schwab, Erik Nitsche… and many more.
THE SUITCASE JUNKET – RBC BLUESFEST 2018
Each year for more than 20 years, Aero has created the commemorative poster for Ottawa’s premier music festival—RBC Bluesfest. Matt Lorenz, AKA The Suitcase Junket, is one of the most compelling artists ever to play Bluesfest—a one-man band that is part recycling depot, part Swamp Yankee, part circus act and part throat singer. A poster should command your attention from 50 feet and our demonic depiction of Matt Lorenz with an acidic palette does just that.
FOO FIGHTERS OVER OTTAWA – RBC BLUESFEST 2018
Creating a Foo Fighters concert poster for a single performance has become somewhat of a tradition among event organizers and their designers. In fact, the band’s management requested that we submit concepts to choose from. Most Foo Fighters posters riff off the UFO reference in their name and feature aliens, robots, skulls and spaceships, but Aero opted for a simple and dramatic depiction of the raven’s feather tattoo worn by band front man David Grohl on each forearm.
MONTEBELLO – C’EST MAGNIFIQUE!
The signature winter flying event for the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association is the ski-plane fly-in on the frozen Ottawa River at the magnificent Fairmont Chateau Montebello—the world’s largest log structure. For the design, we were channeling the beautiful and iconic ski and travel posters from the 1930s to 1950s of the Laurentian ski region of Quebec—sunny skies, breathtaking architecture and plenty of healthy winter activity and clear day flying.
YIPPEE – KELLY JOHNSON ICONOGRAPHIKA
Kelly Johnson is one of America’s most revered aircraft designers. He was the engineering genius behind the Lockheed Constellation, P-38 Lightning, F-104 Starfighter, U-2, SR-71 Blackbird and F-117 Stealth Fighter, to name a few. During the war, the five-thousandth P-38 to roll off the assembly line was painted bright red with the word YIPPEE on her underside and flew across the United States on a promotional and war bond tour before being sent overseas to join the fight.