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Maia R. Wilkes

Out-Of-The-Box Advertising

This summer I have been working as the graphic design intern for EgoPo Classical Theater, a non-profit theater company that’s dedicated to community involvement, support of the arts, and revitalizing classical theater. It has been so much fun–I have learned…

Branding for a Cause

At my internship with EgoPo Classical Theater this summer, I have had an eye-opening experience with the business model of non-profits, especially in terms of their advertising. Most of the time as advertisers we will be working with for-profit businesses–unless…

Mom & Pops

If you’re like me and think you don’t want to work for huge international advertising agencies, it can be hard to get in touch with excellent mom-and-pop type studios. I know I was confused and discouraged–their websites might only talk…

Museum Posters

Someone told me they liked my posts, (causing blushes and heart-eyes and head swelling galore), so now you’re stuck with my ramblings. I’ll try and keep it brief and image-heavy. I recently came back from a vacation to Europe, my…

Sporting Event Posters

From an advertising standpoint, sports are always walking a fine line. They attract a large and diverse audience–one that may only have that sport in common, like with the Olympics. They are usually highly traditional, with a complex web of…

Happy Holidays!

Its that time of year again folks–that festive part of the year when people will take any excuse to throw a party involving ugly sweaters or the phrase “potluck”. At this time of year more than any other I think…

Photography vs. Illustration

Although both have their place in posters, sometimes it can be a tough call which to use. The size of the poster/flyer and its placement are factors, and so is the kind of event you are promoting. College party promoters…

Doe-Eyed

Design studios are everywhere because design is needed everywhere. It seems obvious, but when looking for jobs and places to live post-grad its a helpful reminder. Especially with the ever-increasing permeance of the Internet, small or rural design studios are…

The Roots

Since I’m pretty sure most of the people who read this blog are under 60 and live in the Philadelphia area, I’m going to assume you’ve heard of The Roots. As one of the most influential bands to the funk, neo-soul…

Push Me Pull You Designs by Eleanor Grosch

While looking at TLA posters I came across the work of Eleanor Grosch and knew I had to share.  Push Me Pull You Designs, her semi-one-man illustration machine since 2005, does all types of design from greeting cards to apparel…

Posters from Philly: TLA

Philadelphia is home to some great venues, (look out for a post on the Troc) but I have to say the Theater of Living Arts is one of my favorites. Located on 4th and South, its been around since the…

Menus: Underrated Design

One of the main reasons why I’m glad I chose to major in Advertising is that it taught me to appreciate product design. People usually don’t notice the shape of a shampoo bottle or a tube of lip gloss as…

Saul Bass

I had to make a post dedicated to one of my favorite artists of all time. If you don’t know/love Saul Bass already, you’re missing out on a world of inspiration. In fact, a lot of his work is probably familiar without…

An Interview with John Solimine of Spike Press

So, this guy is amazing. John Solimine is a huge name in illustration and design. With over 12 years in the biz he’s done work for Lollapalooza, the National, Fuse, NPR, the Chicago Tribune, American Express, and Nike, to name…

Typography Posters

The project my Art Direction class is working on right now is to make a typography-driven print piece for a PSA about texting and driving. Working on it has made me realize how odd typography is as a medium, and…

Queens of the Stone Age vs. Andrew Bird

Lets talk for a second about Queens of the Stone Age. Musicians like to present their fans with a full range of experience, (and therefore merch). The band has a sound, the members have a look, and their merch is…

Masters of the Poster

  Here are some interesting and useful books to put on your Christmahanukwanzaaka list, for designers but also anyone who needs inspiration for print work. I like studying classic posters and artists, especially in terms of compositional elements like balance…

Poster Designs by Genre

  Posters designs depend a lot on their subject matter, and how much information needs to be on them. Inspirational posters, for example, need only have only one word on them, (ie the classic “Conviction” or “Perseverance” posters that hung…

Red Attic Design Studio

I am super excited about these people. A full-service design studio based right outside Philadelphia, Red Attic is the studio that Joe Castro Brevoort created in 2006. In 2007 he quit his day job as the Art Director for the Please Touch Museum to…

Eye-catching vs. Eyesore

Sometimes less is more, especially in posters. They have to be interesting, quickly catch the eye of anyone walking past them intent on beating the rush to Starbucks or whatever, but at the same time the person glancing at them…