Captain Propaganda

If you hadn’t gathered from yesterday’s post on the Art Deco district and the Wolfsonian in Miami Beach, I love history. Especially American history from the turn of the century to about 1969. Each of those decades had such a definite style whether it was fashion, print, or film, or all of the above. That being said, one of my favorite design mediums of this period is the propaganda poster.

I heart those prints. The colors, the illustrations, the genuine texture of ink on paper – it’s awe inspiring. I also really love the resurgence of this medium today. It seems like everyone’s got a propaganda poster these days, but some of the best are from an artist that my husband and I actually own a print from. His name is Eric Tan and he blogs here. We have a wood print that he did of a  Breaking Bad scene (one of our favorite shows). This is it on our living room wall:

He’s done propaganda style posters for tons of things including Disney’s Wall-E, Cars, The Incredibles, and UP, and other things like Lost, Back to the Future, and the most Recent Captain America. Wired Magazine released his and two other artists’ posters online just before the movie came out. You can see them here.

Among other things, these are awesome. I just saw the film last night, and I seriously wish I had seen these earlier, so that I would have gone to see the film earlier. Not only do they do a wonderful job of giving you a sense for the movie, and it’s time period, but they’re also just great art. Perfect color combos for the style, nice ink wear at the edges, great shadowing/shape work, and excellent typeface choices. Eric Tan does it again.

For your daily dose of eye candy I chose some of my favorite Eric Tan pieces:


Until next time!