James Victore Poster
This is a poster for designer James Victore's lecture at VCU in April of 2011. Knowing Victore's work and his general attitude towards design, I was very conscious of trying to reference what he does but not just imitate or exhibit his work for the poster. His aggressive stance on design and how he corrupts existing culture and visual constructs in his work gave me some ideas. I chose to use low-quality images culled from cellphone photos, which I received randomly from some of my Twitter followers. In keeping with my Thesis ideas of unpredictability and Typo-Photo, I used the flatbed scanner as a way to composite these photos and some simple typography together. I tricked the scanner into imaging these solid, printed pages as Kodachrome transparencies, which made for some interesting and unexpected results. After some experimentation, I took the final image—which is just one single scan—and did some very minor color correction and typeset the credits.
This process works for this poster because it does what Victore himself does: subverts the established. Rather than using the scanner for good, I prefer to use it for evil—allowing it to scan incorrectly makes for much more interesting and chaotic results, but still allows for some order to arise from the outcome.