In helping you create awesome posters for your shows and events we got to thinking. Who was first? I guess that is like trying to ask who painted the first painting or who threw the first concert but in our limited scope of understanding let’s try to take a stab. To understand the Poster we need to understand where the Poster is from. According to the internets the birth of the modern poster occurs in “1870 when the printing industry perfected colour lithography and made mass production possible.” Makes sense. This time period gave us some terrific gems like these and the cave painting (which is probably technically the first poster ever) is from the Cave of Altamira, near Santander, Spain.
Some say print is dead but somehow the Poster lives on. There are some huge design innovations that went into these early posters both from a composition and production perspective. DesignHistory.com describes it well…”The Poster influenced the development of typography because they were meant to be read from a distance and required larger type to be produced, usually from wood rather than metal. The poster quickly spread around the world and became a staple of the graphic design trade. Many artists as well, such as Henry Toulouse-Latrec and Henry van de Velde, created posters. Even with the popularity of the internet posters are still being created every single day for all sorts of reasons.”
As we dug in a bit more we found some other great examples of old posters. Here are some of our favorites.What will you create?