Modernist & Postmodern posters

Posters are designed to catch the public’s attention when people pass by them. They are designed as advertisement mainly for events, films, books and music. In posters there is lots of propaganda (the art of persuasion) to try to convince people that they should, for example, vote for the person on the poster or to change peoples political and/or religious beliefs.

There are different styles of to peoples work like in posters. Two styles commonly known and used in the design of posters are modernism and Postmodernism.

Some artists who used modernism in their posters – Josef Müller Brockman, Wim Crouwel. Some Artists who used Postmodernism in their posters – Neville Brody, John Warwicher, David Carson.

Modernist Poster:

Modernism was used mostly in the late 19th century and early 20th century. It includes adapting and changing  more commonly used types of (in this case) art to something less out-dated and to reflect the environments of political, economic and social enquiries for the time. As well as events and celebrations.

Josef Müller Brockman designed this poster, in 1955. It is said to be one of his most well known pieces of work. This poster is simple and eye-catching from the shapes adapted around the edge of the page – The circle arcs in black and white are meant to convey the drama of Beethoven’s music, by changing the position and proportion of the arcs to show the impact of the sounds. The shapes are structured well and give off the feeling of music, like the keys of a piano.

At this point in time (1955) there were many ways for people to print posters. Artists like, Joseph Müller Brockman designed posters by drawing them out. JOE-MULLER-BROCKMAN-POSTER

Other forms of printing techniques were also widely used during the 50s-60’s. Such as inkjet printing, where a digital image is projected onto paper by the ink droplets being propelled onto the paper.


Postmodernism was mainly used in the late 20th century. It is different from Modernism as these posters expressed more through them by having different fonts, images and many colours around the page.

The poster Below was designed by David Carson. He experimented most of the time with typography and created many different designs.

The posters background image is of the twin towers and there is another image, in the bottom left of the poster, of an mushroom cloud from a bomb ripped in half. the words on the page say “LOVE + HATE + WAR (what is it good for? absolutely nothing)”. This poster is clear in what its telling people, that society has many problems that can affect everyone and that hating people and starting feuds is worth nothing.

David is really innovative with his work displaying the text in a unique way, it makes people remember it so they can keep the knowledge that the poster displayed.