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Interview with Sam Smidt by Becca Smidt.

This interview is based on 7 posters accepted to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) permanent design collection. He also has several pieces in SFMOMA, Cooper Hewitt and the Smithsonian. We spoke about and why these posters were successful and what he had in mind on this work.
More about Sam on his site: www.samsmidt.com

Charles_White_SJSU

Title: White is Beautiful
BS: What did you do this poster for?
SS: The poster was done for a guest lecturer at SJSU. Charles White was known as a graphic interpreter.
BS: When was this poster designed?
SS: 1971
BS: What inspired this poster concept?
SS: Every Tues. eve we featured a guest lecturer.
BS: Why did you choose a typographical solution for this poster,
and many others?
SS: A typographical solution seems most meaningful.


John_Battengberg_fb
Title: Pilot Without a Face
BS: What did you do this poster for?
SS: John Battenberg Sculptor Exhibition | De Saisset Museum of Art
BS: When was this poster designed?
SS: 1970
BS: What inspired this poster concept?
SS: John was inspired by war scenes, especially pilots.


Photo_Exhibition Title: Cheeze
BS: What did you do this poster for?
SS: The poster was done for an exhibition for portrait photographers at SJSU.
BS: When was this poster designed?
SS: 1973
BS: What inspired this poster concept?
SS: The typical word is ‘cheese’ is used to get people to smile.
BS: Why did you choose a typographical solution?
SS: A typographical solution adds a sense of humor.


Minimal_SpaceTitle: We’re having a Few Friends Over
BS: What did you do this poster for?
SS: The Minimal Space party Announcement for 2 years
BS: When was this poster designed?
SS: 1983
BS: What inspired this poster concept?
SS: This shows a list of famous people that are invited as a joke.
BS: Why did you choose a typographical solution?
SS: A typographical solution is conceptual and adds a sense of humor.


Lou_HarrisonTitle: The Music of Lou Harrison
BS: When was this poster designed?
SS: 1973
BS: What inspired this poster concept?
SS: This flow of the music integrates with the announcement.

 

 

 


PleasePostMiniArtTitle: Please Post
BS: What did you do this poster for?
SS: Western Art Director’s Club’s, ‘Miniature Art Auction’
BS: When was this poster designed?
SS: 1978
BS: What inspired this poster concept?
SS: Show something that is small to make an impact
BS: Why did you choose a typographical solution?
SS: Why not make the announcement itself the small art?