For this Poster Monday spot of October, and it belongs to Elizabeth Herrmann from Seminole, USA for her poster “The Vaginyls”. She is researcher, designer, writer and teaches design at the University of South Florida while slinging lo-fi messaging across the States. Launching from the Graphic Design MFA program at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland, Elizabeth studied under Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips while contributing as a writer and designer for Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming and co-authoring Co-Lab: Collaborative Design Survey.
The Vaginyls is a female punk-rock band with the mantra, “Let’s give ‘em hell.” To reference Florence Welch, they act like a “kiss with a fist” and sound like a high-pitched night terror. They embody an emotional roller coaster, albeit one that ends in happiness. The Vaginyls is a highly theatrical band, therefore the poster is meant to arouse a sense of “excitement” about the impending event. Clean, yet risqué, “I try to balance intrigue while not giving everything away. To visualize their debut album, “I Get Wet,” I created a playful graphic that flagrantly combines the vaginal and vinyl reference: Insert record here” tell us Elizabeth.
Some of her ongoing projects include Cards for Humanity (designing +letterpressing free calling cards for local artists), No Sirvice (a St. Pete–based underground arts collaborative that critiques the bankruptcy of American culture and provides a movement for non-commercial creative resistance), guerrilla screening hand-drawn animations projected from a circa 1987 Radio Flyer wagon, medium-format camera collecting and analog photographing broken culture, writing articles supporting evolutions in design education, creating monospaced typefaces for physical environments, developing absurdist apps, installing unwanted missiles, and searching for a new punk design.
Elizabeth is a photographer, type designer, installation guerrilla, arts promoter, printmaker, culture critic, writer, activist, and university faculty and you can follow her work in the Co-Lab web site and in her instagram account.
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