Keeping work new and interesting as an in-house designer can be challenging. Templates and brand appropriate fonts are necessary for consistency, but can limit creativity. Thankfully, events at the Speakeasy tap room are a great opportunity to break the mold. A recent example is my End of the World Punk Show & Vinyl Swap Meet poster. It had been awhile since I had so much fun working on a design.
Speakeasy has a long history of punk inspired employees and events, so my approach for this design was to mimic the style of a classic punk poster and flyer. Rough edges, low resolution, dense cut and paste graphics, and a haphazard layout are all pretty standard for the genre. The central figure in my poster is Johnny Ballz, long time punk, musician, and Speakeasy employee. I circled his Mohawk with a variety of Speakeasy beer brand graphics (eight in total), our beloved brew kitty, and of course a vinyl record.