Earlier this semsester, first year illustration students began studying the work of Modernist designers. Having investigated the Modernist principles and wider socio-political context underpinning poster design by such artists as A.M Cassandre and Alexander Rodchenko, the students have created their own posters promoting event venues across Edinburgh. Each student chose a different venue and headed out to collect further research and make images and sketches.
They returned to the studio to experiment with collage and paper cutting, simplifying their designs and incorporating typography. Students created their final pieces using Collograph, a printmaking process that involves a mixture of intaglio and relief printing. This process leant itself well to the simple geometric shapes, limited colour palettes and grid-like composition typical of Modernist poster design. The results are varied and impressive, with each student creating unique and interesting printed posters.
The posters are now on display at Edinburgh Central Library, alongside selected prints and sketchbook work by ECA students and staff inspired by the city of Edinburgh. This work can been seen on the Mezzanine level and Ground floor staircase of the library, situated on George IV Bridge, and will be exhibited until 26th November.