The design of these flyers goes against all design principals. Absurd amounts of fonts per page, center justified text, questionable illustrations, filling the pages entirely with text etc… But that is what makes them AMAZING! They are so much of a time and place and truly represent the energy and fun of these parties. The design style is also indicative of the technology available at the time (much like punk rock flyers from the same era)
Some old signs with hand made lettering or stylish retro fonts from various trips and from Philly.
Good design is intentional. Meaning, there is a meaning to whatever madness (or organization, or any stop in between) that is presented in whatever form the designer, artist, craftsperson chooses to present their work. Haphazardness, randomness, chaos is a choice and there are good reasons why it is being used and a lot of experimentation in order to achieve the desired result. This isn’t to say that I don’t like the happy accident or the mistake that makes you re-evaluate your work, I do indeed like them, but believe that when they happen, they need be examined and perfected in a way that it is reproducible and able to be experimented with.
The following collection of photos, on the other hand, are examples of unintentional non-design. The end result of when a sign needs to be made without any forethought to the size of the stock letters being used, or the wonderfully really bad drawing style or just the chaos that results from layers of stickers and graffiti.
I think it’s important to look at images like this to understand what it takes to achieve true randomness, or make something intentionally bad, you can’t just wing it (I mean you can, which is the reason for this photo collection, but we are striving to do work WITH intention)