Our Favorite Concert Poster Designers

by That Guy on October 19, 2010

I attended a local festival several weeks ago in Chicago and thoroughly enjoyed looking at the merchandise from all of the artists selling gig posters. Im no expert, but it seems like Chicago is a hotbed for this sort of thing. Lots of talented people here and it blows my mind on a regular basis. I actually ended up buying a Josh Ritter/Joe Pug poster from Dan MacAdam at Crosshair even though I have nowhere to put it, he seemed like a good guy.

Here are some of our favorite gig poster designers in Chicago and beyond. I encourage you to peruse their sites and get inspired to do a little redecorating. (FYI, the artist’s poster is BENEATH their name. Oh and by the way, there are even more that I would have liked to name but tried to keep this list somewhat digestable).

Dan MacAdam – Crosshair (Chicago, IL)

Aesthetic Apparatus (Minneapolis, MN)

Daniel Danger – Tiny Media Empire (New England)

Jay Ryan – The Bird Machine (Chicago, IL)

Cricket Press (Lexington, KY)

Burlesque Design (America)

Delicious Design League (Chicago, IL)

Lil Tuffy (San Francisco, CA)

Spike Press (Chicago, IL)

Diana Sudyka (Chicago, IL)

And hopefully none of the designers mind us spreading the word and showing off some of your work. Please let us know if you’d like us to remove the image.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Seitz October 19, 2010 at 7:51 am

I really like browsing flatstock at Pitchfork, and I’ve bought a few posters from Schuba’s/Lincoln Hall, but I have a pretty strict rule. I’ll only buy posters for shows I’ve seen. It seems weird to have a poster for a show I didn’t go to. I could make an exception for a tour I saw if they didn’t do a poster for Chicago, I guess. I picked up a Dan McAdam poster that I like a lot for the AC Newman/Broken West show at Logan Square Auditorium last year.

Andy October 19, 2010 at 8:34 am

Some really nice artwork there.

With the digital age, artwork may become defunct for albums and singles, which would be a great lost, but least gigs can keep up the great tradition.

Troy October 19, 2010 at 8:43 am

I love concert artwork. I live in the DC-Baltimore metro area and my favorite designer has to be El Jefe.

Check his stuff out at eljefedesign.com

Nick October 20, 2010 at 9:33 am

This was an awesome post. I just spent some time on each of their websites and loved their work. Thanks so much for sharing.

Jeff November 5, 2010 at 10:47 am

Methane Studios in Atlanta deserve some props.

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