Brooklyn Academy of Music

Poster announcing the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s New Music America festival. If you can’t think of an idea, just use either a piece of meat or a smiling boy. Works every time.

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The type was hand-lettered, and the face was tinted by hand with photo oil colors. (This was done a long time ago before we had access to fancy computers.)

The poster was designed so that it could be ganged four-up when posted on the street. We were all pretty young back then.

The Smiling Boy’s face was used as a celebratory mask.

Alexander Isley
Alexander Knowlton

The Herb Lubalin Study Center
of Design and Typography

Special Collections Research Center
NC State University Libraries

Museum of Design, Zurich