Selling Nothing


Project information

Year: 2020
Medium: Poster
Commissioned by: Onomatopee
Technique: 4 Colour Risoprint
Dimensions: Width: 420mm; Height: 594mm
Edition: 10
Available at: www.onomatopee.net

Selling Nothing is a commissioned poster design, part of the exhibition Post - The Poster at the Eindhoven based project space Onomatopee. For the exhibition Onomatopee asked 10 independent graphic designers to question the current day role of the printed poster, and ‘wonder if the function of the poster has slowly expired.’

‘Selling Nothing’ shows that posters are both information carriers and design objects at the same time. Therefore postering is not only a commercial affair, but also an artistic statement. It is an act of empowerment: materialising the events, concepts and ideas we ourselves are trying to create visibility for. Admittedly, posters might not be the most effective form of communication anno 2020, making that postering has almost become an indulgence, in which needs, believes and results are perhaps not aligned.

‘Selling Nothing’ playfully demonstrates this contradiction as it contrasts the visual vocabularies seen in sales ads (e.g. primary colours, bold typography, repetitive graphic elements) with baroque-like patterns and adornments. Depending on how you look at it, this poster is either an odd looking advertisement that is selling nothing, or a decorative object that only advertises its uselessness. It is not trying to sell anything, but it is for sale.