Poster diary celebrates the “daily” design trend

Published:  May 19, 2014
Lucy Waddington

Deemed a ‘poster diary’, Peter Bankov’s recently released book ‘I make posters every day’ documents 400 original images over more than 200 pages. Created “in the plane, taxi, during lectures and business meetings with clients,” Bankov initially shared his work on Facebook, eventually collating the masses of visualisations into a weighty tome.

Raised and educated in Minsk, Peter Bankov is the publisher and editor-in-chief of [kAk) magazine, a key point of reference for Russian graphic design. Intrigued by the transient meeting point between the beautiful and the ugly, Bankov’s work showcases elements of contrast both aesthetically and conceptually. A dynamic blend of flatly rendered vector shapes and aliased brush-like line work, his imagery combines balances between digital and analogue aesthetics with reckless and considered sensibilities.

Categorised by style or illustrative technique, the pages of ‘posters’ exist as a kind of documented, random stream of consciousness, as Bankov responds to his favourite bands, TV shows and films. In this way, the book is appropriate as a ‘diary’, but the images perhaps not correctly described as ‘posters’, having never been published or distributed publicly, and perhaps are described more appropriately as ‘thumbnails’ — small indulgent moments of style and creation, lacking a message or intent to inform. This is not lost on Bankov, however, who acknowledges the traditional parameters of poster design, but places his work within the contextless or unaccountable trend of online image sharing.

“I have nothing to say except for the fact that I like drawing posters. In my opinion, it is the most interesting genre in modern graphic art design. Poster has become a local visual subculture and has finally lost his centenary history of connection with commercial objectives.”

With image sharing an integral part of social media and contemporary visual communication, this daily study of imagery poses an opportunity for reflection on the fleeting and sensory reactions to things in our private and social space.

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