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Evolution Discovered at Ballyhoo! FINAL

I have to admit that I was not interested in the Ballyhoo! exhibit. Go see a bunch of movie posters as an exhibit in a portrait museum? No thanks. Not my thing. Boring. I understood the idea and educational value of going, but honestly, I’d rather go look at the posters in the hallways at […]

Ballyhoo! Graphic Design is Art, too

As a graphic designer, I found the Ballyhoo! Poster show at the National Portrait gallery very worthwhile. It gave credibility to design as an art form, as the show was surrounded by the elaborate oil paintings of famous musicians, presidents, and just plain wealthy people that are without a doubt considered art. To have posters […]

Ballyhoo Final

Imagine walking into an exhibit filled with comic book-like posters. They are not quite the Pop-Art of the famous Andy Warhol, they are much more typographic. The Ballyhoo Poster Exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery features celebrities of the past and present. It can be difficult not to jump into the question of whether or […]

Combat America

I’ve always thought Clark Gable was awesome. He is one of the most recognizable faces in American movie history and rightly so. A winner of an academy award for best actor, and nominated for three other academy awards, Gable was referred to as “The King of Hollywood” during his prime. With all these achievements under […]

Shifting Style

It is bright and bold! Something of this nature is hard to miss when your eyes cross over it for the first time. The canary yellow poster I spotted in the distance of the Ballyhoo! Gallery is called Nightclubbing, and it grabbed my attention right away when I walked into the exhibit. When you walk […]

Ballyhoo Crit Final – Blixtens Broder

A lot of thoughts go through your head when your surrounded by you’re enemies, not knowing their next move, or your own for that matter.  Your skill and wit may have gotten you out of this situation before but this time, there wasn’t enough time to figure out a logical means of escaping the predicament.  […]

Ballyhoo! Critique: Winner?

You might think that a poster featuring Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, two of the most recognizable 60’s rock icons, would include the flamboyant colors and embellishments associated with their music. There is, however, absolutely nothing psychedelic about the L&S Productions poster, Winner? Created in 1970, the year Hendrix and Joplin died, both of overdoses, […]

Ballyhoo! Critique

The exhibit Ballyhoo! Posters as Portraiture, in the National Portrait Gallery, is a fascinating collection of posters from the late nineteenth century to the present. The featured posters advertise movies, Broadway shows, specific events, war propaganda, music, and everything in between. It is particularly fascinating the role of woman in the design world and how […]

Ballyhoo Critique: Trinidad

I really just wanted to wear the dress. There is something wonderful about 1950s taffeta, in that rare shade of green that does not call to mind Christmas or the Incredible Hulk. Unsurprisingly, a dress like that didn’t actually exist.  It was simply my favorite part of the synthesis of beautiful color, eye-catching type, and […]

Ballyhoo! Critique – Final

I glance at the museum map once more. “Hmm… 2nd floor, on the left?” I sigh to myself. I slouch my way into the elevator and smash the “2” button with significant hostility. After a few scowls at reflections of myself on the polished, metal walls, the door finally opened in a non-dramatic fashion. I […]