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What a Relief!

DLB delivers even more inspirado your way. This time we dive into the world of printmaking with some great relief prints.

Here at Design Less Better, we have a strong preference for images with strong contours and high contrast, qualities one often finds in printmaking. Today we have some fine examples of this craft.

First up, we have a couple of prints from Stephen Alcorn’s Modern Music Masters series.

Johnny Cash print from the Alcorn Studio & Gallery

I love the geometry in this piece, especially the mountains. It’s so well composed. The viewer’s eye travels from the symmetry of the train engine up to Johnny’s gaze. Is it just me, or are his eyes meant to be part of the stars?

Then there’s this Woody Guthrie print:

Woody Guthrie Print from the Alcorn Studio & Gallery

There’s a lot to like here. The sense of motion and fluid lines are great, but I think what attracts me most is the setting. Flanked by corn, walking the highway, it’s like Guthrie is traveling the Midwest somewhere close to my hometown.

If you’re into Johnny and Woody or just great typography, you may appreciate the fine folks at Yee Haw Industries:

A poster from Yee-Haw Industries
Dean-O here is one of my personal favorites. It’s a little kitschy, but it makes me chuckle every time I see it.

I discovered these guys locally from some of their posters which are featured prominently in the restrooms of Zingerman’s Roadhouse, here in Ann Arbor.

Letterpress is usually associated with stuffy business cards and wedding stationary, but Yee-Haw is bringing it back down-home in style.

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NickJul 25, 2008

Comments on this post


I love this! Beautiful contrasts, clean lines, and unique interpretations of each artist. I was also happily surprised to see Jeff Buckley and Elliot Smith in the modern music masters collection, I’m not sure they get all the credit they deserved as amazing artists that we’ve lost young, I would say that Gram Parsons falls into that category as well…

Ben at 7:03am on Tue, Jul 29th.


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