Delightful by day and naughty by night, this poster showcases the cleverness of designer and screenprinter alike. The slimy underbelly of city life never glowed so bright.
As my local screen printer, David Chad will attest, anytime you’re trying to create a 9-color screen print (including two different layers of different intensities of phosphorescence) in a non-air-conditioned garage in Florida in September, you’re going to have to be on your toes. Luckily David is the Obi-Wan of screen printing. I worked closely with him throughout the printing process and learned a ton. First off, both screens and paper stretch and contract quite a bit throughout the printing process (especially in said humid garage) and we had to approach each film, screen and color individually to account for what had happened after applying the last color (by hand, by the way…no automatic machines). What a lot of people don’t realize is that a screen print is a living, breathing thing and not an exact, perfect science. Things change as you go and you have to adapt to get your desired results. What may have been perfect in my computer has been through several different processes by the time you’re laying down ink (printing, photographing for film, printing film, exposing the screen) and everything is a bit different. David accounted for this by approaching each layer of film as a new project, cutting it apart and re-assembling before exposing the screen to account for everything that had happened before on each sheet of paper. A lot of printers don’t bother with this, simply printing what was given to them as quickly as possible and blaming the designer for the result. Needless to say, I have a ton of respect for David and his skills. It takes a lifetime to learn the intricacies that can make a good print great.
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