At last weekend’s Treasure Island Music Festival I met the creator of the event’s charming identity, Jason Munn. Under the name The Small Stakes, Munn is among a young breed of talented music poster designers that includes The Heads of State and longtime Typographica favorites Aesthetic Apparatus.
Munn’s designs are simple and clever, often employing pre-digital type. There is still plenty of rub-down lettering, film fonts, and Dover stuff that hasn’t been digitized, so Munn creates the vectors himself — a trend that is more and more common these days, but not usually executed as well. Any imperfections in the letter outlines are treated kindly by the irregular nature of screen printing.
You can purchase many of Munn’s hand-printed posters at his site for a very reasonable $25 a pop.