Look Again!!

You cannot help but love the obsession of designer Mike Joyce. Every chance he gets, he designs a new punk band poster in the Swiss style. Could two aesthetics be so at odds? Apparently not. His website Swissted (go here) is one of the most engaging homages I have ever seen. Though I’m not exactly sure who is being homaged.

Joyce runs Stereotype Design (go here) and he is nothing like a Swiss International stylist. But as noted on the website:

swissted is an ongoing project. . . drawing from his love of punk rock and swiss modernism, two movements that have absolutely nothing to do with one another, mike has redesigned vintage punk, hardcore, and indie rock show flyers into international typographic style posters. each design is set in berthold akzidenz grotesk medium, all lowercase. many of these posters are now available for sale in three different sizes at print-process. every single one of these shows actually happened.

To see these posters altogether, en masse, in one pleasing eyeful, is to relive the Swiss aesthetic experience. Then look again and you’ll see the irony – weezer, jawbreaker, bad brains, blondie, muller-brockmann, armin hoffmann and max bill.

(Thanks to Michelle Mercurio)

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  1. Who gives a shit what the specs are of such beautifully rendered work. Stiv, one can ardently adher to the theoretically underpinings of an aesthetic and totally miss the point. Such slavish dogmatism is a boor. This work is first rate.