The weltformat poster designed for John Maus’s Providence concert responds to Maus’s simultaneous expressions of Medieval ecclesiastical-modes (formulas of melodic, rhythmic, early Christian chanting) and what Maus calls ‘today’s vernacular,’ contemporary pop. Interested in this contrast of sound and of history, the design focused on formal explorations of melody, harmony, sound projection, lightness and darkness.
Classically trained musician, political theory PHD, experimental pop star John Maus was headed to Providence to perform at the Columbus Theatre. Historically most of Maus’s videos and designed ephemeral come from his fans, so I sent an e-mail to his agent and this became my opportunity to design a system embracing the complexity of Maus.
Typographic inspiration came from Medieval heraldic devices, Gutenberg’s blackletter, and high-contrast Didoni typefaces often described as capable of portraying beauty. From the large, stylishly different display letters to the typeface made for secondary text, all forms where designed using divisible units. This allowed for a systematic composition that projects harmony. A custom Processing.JS script was written to create a stippled-like vector edition of this Virtue & Co.’s 1863 engraving