The Waste Land Poster Design

The Waste Land takes a critical view on social, political and cultural issues through poster design. In this work, I deconstructed T.S. Eliot’s 1922 poem into a panoramic 20″x96″ poster. The poem is juxtaposed with a historical timeline of America’s economic history, congressional quotes in response to economic concerns and a representation of the Dow Jones Industrial Average from 1900 to 2010. The work reproduces familiar elements from the Great Depression, arranging them into a new, conceptually layered series. The muted color scheme and Futura typeface, designed by Paul Renner between 1924 and 1926, were prominently used during the Great Depression.

the-wasteland-panoramic
 
Below are closeup views of the poster divided in four sections.
 
The Wasteland Poster Design - T.S. Eliot - Closeup1
 
The Wasteland Poster Design - T.S. Eliot - Closeup2
 
The Wasteland Poster Design - T.S. Eliot - Closeup3
 
The Wasteland Poster Design - T.S. Eliot - Closeup4
 
I also redesigned the panoramic poster into a small poster collection of five 16″x20″ prints representing each section of the poem.
 
The Wasteland Poster Design - T.S. Eliot - Burial of the Dead
 
The Wasteland Poster Design - T.S. Eliot - Game of Chess
 
The Wasteland Poster Design - T.S. Eliot - Fire Sermon
 
The Wasteland Poster Design - T.S. Eliot - Death By Water
 
The Wasteland Poster Design - T.S. Eliot - What the Thunder Said
 
Below is the grid layout that I created for the smaller posters.
 
The Wasteland Poster Design Grid


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