Traditional Asian art prints have served as inspiration for poster designs. Common themes of oriental print artworks and photography are nature, people, religion and culture. The images depict either people in respective national costumes or cultural references associated with the country like a red dragon of China or a geisha for Japan. Images are focused on the patterns and fabric of costumes and the body embellishments of people.
Oriental designs are more vibrant than dark or neutral. Red, violet and yellow are dominant in many Asian-inspired compositions and are used in contrast to darker colors. Intricate, soft-looking patterns and shapes such as circles and flowers are emphasized on many layouts rather than strict, solid lines. Today, these striking designs are made even better by poster printing companies by adding a glossy coating.
Below are 20 design samples of modern Asian posters.
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Asian designs are focused on a single subject but the aesthetic elements — lines, colors and shapes — are carefully composed to make up a head-turning design that exhibits Asia’s mix of cultures.