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Unlike previous years, 2012 didn’t bring FPO as many posters in terms of quantity. But we can always count on the quality of our submissions and despite having a small pool of posters to celebrate the best, these twelve selections are a handsome dozen.

See also:
Part 1: Jan - Jun
Part 2: Jul - Dec


12 — A Studio Life

You gotta love visual puns, metaphors, allegories, allusions, and plain random connections that both poke fun and illuminate the aspects of our dear design profession. A simple offset print in black on a grid with small type goes a long way.

Production Method

Lithography

Design

Ashwin Patel

Printing

Pelican Print

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11 — ARTCRANK Free Range Poster

I wish more posters had chickens in them. If, in 2013, we showcase 12 posters with chickens on them, all of them would be included in this list at the end of the year. That this chicken is built of out of Portland’s streets and is printed on chocolate-colored paper only adds to the appeal.

Production Method

Silkscreen

Design

Cat Cheng

Printing

The Make House

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10 — Don’t Tread on Me Poster

I love me a good overlay and this blue and orange silkscreen poster with all its hard edges and punchy graphics sparks some great third-color magic.

Production Method

Silkscreen

Design

Ryan Brinkerhoff

Printing

Mama’s Sauce

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9 — Northern Sky Poster

Anyone willing to typeset and vectorize a constellation gets my vote and not only is the design on this gorgeously obsessive but the print is like staring out in the sky while camping in a national park with a little fire burning by your side. Or not. Maybe it’s just an awesome print.

Production Method

Silkscreen

Design

Steffen Heidemann

Printing

Steffen Heidemann
Viktoria Klein

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8 — Dill Pickle Club Fundraising Poster

This poster had me at “Pickle”. But also at the letterpress pounding that that paper must have endured under all that ink coverage. Plus, I think there is not enough posters with eagles holding foodstuffs in their beaks.

Production Method

Letterpress

Design

Keegan Wenkman

Printing

KeeganMeegan & Co.

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7 — “A Ride Through Town” Poster

What’s not to love in this poster? The roughish textures? The vest-wearing dog? The dapper men on the bicycle? The perfectly stacked clouds? Nope, there is nothing not to love.

Production Method

Silkscreen

Design

Familytree

Printing

Kangaroo Press

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6 — Typographic Matchmaking Poster

Pairing two different typefaces together is almost an art and this letterpress poster of popular, real-life and fictitious pairs makes an artful case for it.

Production Method

Letterpress

Design

Jim Godfrey Design, LLC

Printing

Rowley Press

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5 — Holmberg Wooden Poster Series

A lot of DIY went into these very limited edition posters, including pressing, manually, some metal type and rubber stamping and stenciling and vinyling and… yeah, just all kinds of loving.

Production Method

Letterpress
Rubber stamp
Stencil

Design

Jeff Holmberg

Printing

Jeff Holmberg

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4 — Glow-In-The-Dark Poster Surprise

The phosphorescent ink in this poster turns an innocent Main Street into a seedy underworld in the dark.

Production Method

Silkscreen

Design

Illustration by Jason Dean

Printing

Printing by David Chad @ Chad’s Screen Printing of Orlando.

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3 — Chartis Graphein

Dude! That is some serious typesetting hours that went into this and the white/silver printing on black stock elevates this world map to Must-Have status.

Production Method

Offset

Design

Nancy McCabe

Printing

Graphic Arts Studio

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2 — Wee Alphas Limited Edition Screen Print

Dude! (Sorry). This is a 13-color silkscreen print. This is, like, Registration X-Factor. Adding to the printing feat are the clever, cheerful animal-letters created by Office.

Production Method

Foil stamp
Silkscreen

Design

Office: Jason Schulte Design

Printing

Belaire Displays

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1 — Sigils of the Houses of Westeros Poster

If I had a penny for every e-mail we received asking if this sold-out poster was going into a reprint I would have, um, 50 cents. Which doesn’t sound like much, but we’ve never had this kind of feverish interest in any project we’ve published. And it deserves all the attention and lusting it’s gotten. Expertly designed and handsomely produced this Game of Thrones homage is not just the best of the posters but I would most likely take it as my favorite FPO project of all 2012.

Production Method

Foil stamp
Offset

Design

Darrin Crescenzi

Printing

Premier Press

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January 2, 2013

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About UnderConsideration

UnderConsideration is a graphic design enterprise that runs a network of blogs, publishes books, organizes live events and judged competitions, and designs for clients.


online

Brand New / Displaying opinions and focusing solely on corporate and brand identity work.

Art of the Menu / Cataloguing the underrated creativity of menus from around the world.

Quipsologies / Chronicling the most curious, creative, and notable projects, stories, and events of the graphic design industry on a daily basis.

Speak Up (2002 – 2009) / Discussing, and looking for, what is relevant in, and the relevance of, graphic design. Archives Only.

Word It (2003 – 2010) / Encouraging creative diversity in the community through monthly, one-word challenges. Archives Only.

Brand New Classroom (2010 – 2011) / Providing a space for critique and opinions on student identity workArchives Only.

graphic design

Department of Design / Designing corporate and brand identities and full development of printed and digital matter for clients.

publishing

The 2010 FPO Awards / 2011, self-published.

The 2010 Brand New Awards / 2011, self-published.

Flaunt: Designing effective, compelling and memorable portfolios of creative work / 2010, self-published.

Events & Judged Competitions

Brand New Conference / A one-day event on the development of corporate and brand identity projects by some of today’s most active and influential practitioners from around the world.

Brand New Awards / Celebrating the best identity work produced around the world.

FPO Awards / Celebrating the best print work from around the world.

Writing

Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design / 2009, Rockport.

Women of Design: Influence and Inspiration from the Original Trailblazers to the New Groundbreakers / 2008, HOW Books.

The Word It Book: Speak Up Presents a Gallery of Interpreted Words / 2007, HOW Books.


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