Jazz in Willisau, Wadada Leo Smith - John Lindberg
35 x 50 in. (90 x 128 cm)
Niklaus Troxler (1947- ), a giant of Swiss graphic design, works with unusual layouts, clever illustration and expressive typography. He avoids the rigid grids and standardized typography favored by many of his Swiss predecessors. His poster designs, particularly his posters for the jazz festival he organized for many years in his hometown of Willisau, Switzerland, have won him international awards and recognition.
Troxler continually finds innovative ways to express the movement and rhythm of jazz through image and typography. In this poster for a concert at the 2012 Willsau Jazz Festival, the staggered placement of the type and the structure of the fire escape seem to convey the rise and fall of musical notes.