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Atelier Martino and Jana are two graphic designers from Portugal who paired up to form Martino Jana Design. Their work mainly deals with editorial and print design, but they have occasionally dabbled in web design. However, when the pair includes illustrative elements in their poster designs that’s when it really stands out.

When one first comes across the Guimaraes Jazz 2009 posters, they are treated by an wonderful movement created by the typographic elements and the postures of the musicians displayed in photographic illustrations. The typography adds vibration, making it seem the figures are actually playing their instruments. I think it was a wise choice to keep the poster black and white, the strong contrast between the dark figures and bright type work brilliantly. Also the black and white is reminiscent of the old 1920’s movies, the same era when jazz became mainstream.

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