Until its doors closed on 31 December 2012, the family-run Colby Poster Printing Company made the letter-pressed signs, posters, billboards and showcards that were a ubiquitous feature of the visual landscape of Los Angeles.
For three generations, promoters of boxing bouts, rodeos, reggae concerts and literary-minded visual artists were drawn to the swift graphic science of the dayglo poster. Its essential purpose was to quickly and efficiently convey information to viewers zooming along the autoscape. The durability was a byproduct: posters still hang on telephone poles and chainlink fences from Venice to Las Vegas, months and years after their commissions.
We curated a project with artist C.R. Stecyk III for Incase and worked with Colby Poster on a series of posters to celebrate the release of the collection.