Simon Page is a self-taught graphic designer from the UK with an emphasis on typographic art, illustration and geometric design. Earlier this year he produced a series of posters for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA) campaign.
The posters like most of his work is brilliant in it’s simplicity and use of geometric form. The style reminds me of that mid 60’s to mid 70’s period where international style had distilled itself down to basic elements and was being widely used in text book cover design. Seriously, these posters remind me so much of science book covers from Jr. Highschool. Page’s color pallet is refined and exquisite. There is an excellent sense of balance, and layout that is carried across every poster.He uses subtle textures in the backgrounds that gives an almost nostalgic sense of age and use. The typography treatments are understated, yet help to pull the entire composition together in each poster. These posters are really, really nice.
According to Page he is influenced by a number of contemporary designers like, Alex Trochut, Joshua Davis, and James White. I would go on to say I think he has been influenced if even unintentionally, by designers like Joseph Müller-Brockmann, Emil Ruder, Paul Rand, and Armin Hofmann.
The full series of International Year of Astronomy 2009 posters are available for purchase via: Graphic design by Simon Page.
I love these posters! Indeed, they remind one of the late sixties and early seventies. Simon Page has captured the timeless minimalist aesthetic of this period in this series.
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