"Ready, Set, FLY" poster design


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  1. Jon Stapp | atomicvibe Jon Stapp | atomicvibe

    My winning submission to a poster contest sponsored by Gilah Press, a letterpress print shop in Baltimore, MD. Only 10 artists' designs were selected for inclusion in an upcoming limited-edition letterpress-printed poster box set.

    The theme, which was to be interpreted any way we like, was "Ready, Set, FLY." Here's the story behind my concept:

    My fiancée and I love penguins, and we identify strongly with them since they mate for life and share child-rearing responsibilities. In fact, "penguin" or "pengy" are among our list of pet names for each other. Several years ago, we missed an opportunity to take a South American cruise, on which several land excursions were offered off the southern coast to visit penguin rookeries and walk amongst them. We vowed to one day make it down there and finally surround ourselves with hundreds of these lil' guys.

    So I chose to represent this experience in this poster. There is a bit of sadness and longing depicted, with melancholy icy hues and forlorn penguin couple gazing upward at the constant reminders of their flightlessness. Yet, despite their despondency, they have each other, and there is still a glimmer of hope, that one day, these penguins may take flight...


    over 2 years ago

  2. Inka Mathew Inka Mathew

    Aaaww... adorable! Very nice, Jon. Please post the finished poster.

    over 2 years ago

  3. Jon Stapp | atomicvibe Jon Stapp | atomicvibe

    Funny you should say that, Inka. This contest started almost 3 years ago, and I've been waiting ever since for this box set to be printed. It's been delayed for several reasons, one of which being (quite puzzlingly) that some of the winning contestants couldn't be reached to submit their final press-ready art. Each year, I send a few emails to Gilah requesting status updates, and each year they tell me they're one step closer to production. LOL. SOMEDAY. Someday this poster will be printed...

    over 2 years ago

  4. Chad Landenberger Chad Landenberger

    Awesome concept, awesome story, awesome poster!


    about 2 years ago

  5. Jon Stapp | atomicvibe Jon Stapp | atomicvibe

    Thanks, Chad! The poster was recently printed, so over the weelend, I want to take some nice photos of it and pot them up.

    about 2 years ago

  6. GEBE • Elia Colombo GEBE • Elia Colombo

    haha same concept =)


    over 1 year ago

  7. I never got around to posting the actual printed poster of this shot I posted a long time ago.

    This was letterpress-printed in two spot PMS inks at Gilah Press in Baltimore, MD.

    Check the original shot for a detailed description of what this poster represents, and what it was for.

    Also, check the 2x size for more detail, as well as the attachment for other views.

    10 months ago

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