We were commissioned to produce an information graphic / poster for railway staff on the topic of fatigue management. With so much text on one poster, the background needed to be very muted and the relationships between different pieces of information as clear as possible.
For print-oriented graphic designers, posters are an opportunity to abandon restraint and strive for high impact. While still a lively area of contemporary practice, some of the most striking and memorable poster design graced walls many decades ago and is now in the public domain. This site has curated hundreds of very high quality vintage posters, most of them suitable for print. Every single one was created without the aid of computers and collectively they are a testament to very high levels of craftsmanship and imagination.
Much of our literary heritage is in the public domain by virtue of its age. Certain enterprising businesses mine this cultural resource for commercial gain. One particularly interesting example is All the World's a Page, where entire great works are printed on a single poster. From Don Quixote to Ulysses and Macbeth to Pride and Prejudice, armies of words are marshaled with great skill and typographic flair. Even at 1000mms in height, you will need keen eyesight or a magnifying glass to take it all in.