Geneseo Dance Ensemble: Show Posters

This is a fun post for me because I get to travel back in time a little bit. Through my own designs. Which can be painful. It's like looking back through your middle school yearbook pictures and wondering why on EARTH you wore that ridiculous scrunchy in your hair.

Let me explain. I fell in love with graphic design 5 years ago in my sophomore year at Geneseo. I had just landed an on-campus graphic design assistant position in the print-shop, had declared my graphic production minor (um, which I never finished, come to think of it) and was taking a Computer Art class. How stinkin' cool, especially since all of my other classes were titled more along the lines of "Really Hard Math" and "Even More Harder Math!".

Anyway, in that Computer Art class, one of our assignments was to design a poster for that semester's Geneseo Dance Ensemble production. The design that the ensemble directors liked best would be printed as posters, programs, flyers, postcards. Let me cut to the chase here and tell you that my design did not win. It was bad. REAL bad. REAL REAL BAD. And I would show you if I could but I can't find the file! I probably burned it, it was so bad.

The next semester I had another shot at the assignment in my "Graphic Design" course. There were only 4 people in the class, so we all won! Progress! The next semester, I was asked to design the poster for the production by my fabulous dancing roommate who happened to be in the ensemble. (Heya, J. E. Maslyn!) And then the next few semesters they asked me to design the posters again! So I had somehow nailed down this gig even though my first attempt was the most pathetic thing anyone ever saw.

Here's a progression:

You can see the designs improve over time. I won't go into specifics because that'll just bore you, but at least to my eye, the right side's lookin' a lot more polished than the left.

You'll notice above that the first poster uses an illustration, and then the remainder incorporate photography. Between those first two posters is when Keith Walters started at Geneseo as the campus photographer. He's moderately talented. (You guys, I'm kidding!!! He's so good!) So good, in fact, that this year he took SO MANY cool pictures that the directors of the production couldn't choose one. So they chose FOUR. Which meant I got to design not just a poster, but a poster SERIES. Using my HUSBAND's beautiful pictures. Could I BE any luckier?! Dang, what a sweet gig!

Here they are:

Look at those pics, man! Stunning! The only difference between each poster is the photograph/dancer and the color, but you've probably already figured that out by now. Check out some glamour shots:

This project is always a joy to work on. It's quite the challenge to fit SO much content in such a small space but still have room to dance. It's a nerdy little puzzle that I enjoy putting together every time.

If you're still reading, though, this is most important. The best thing about these posters, by far, is that THOSE ARE REAL LIVE GENESEO DANCERS! Look at them!!! They are so beautiful and so poised and so talented! I've been to see this production many a time and have always been entertained, amazed, inspired. Especially when aforementioned roommate was on stage! :)

Go see the show this weekend. Tickets. Facebook.