Responses by André Felipe; founder, designer and developer; Addd.Studio.
Background: typo/graphic posters is a platform for inspiration, research and promotion of good design through poster culture. Initially created in 2008, it is an archive that focuses exclusively on typographical and graphic posters—those that challenge type, colors and shapes to express a message. We believe that this restriction in poster design makes the intent more clear, the message more striking, and is able to provoke the best out of the designer.
The new site design offers better usability and search capabilities, as well as saving favorite posters in collections. Currently, the site has archived more than 6,500 posters—from 42 different countries and created by 287 authors—that can be explored through an enhanced search function by colors, tags and keywords.
Design core: The core feature is the search function, and the goal is to help visitors discover posters according to their needs, whether it be inspiration for a new project or researching a new use of color, designer, studio or country.
Favorite details: How the sense of getting in touch with different cultures comes through on the site. We can see the peculiarities of each country or region that goes beyond traditional design or even trends in typographic styles.
Challenges: typo/graphic posters is a curated archive, so the most challenging aspect is unifying the project. To maintain this and be strong through the years has been hard, and I learned a lot from making mistakes. I also developed the website, too, so I try to push my knowledge to the limits every time the site gets redesigned. In twelve years, the site has had five versions, coded and redesigned from scratch.
Navigation structure: The challenge is to balance neutrality and effectiveness. Posters are honored as an art piece, so I designed the navigation with minimal interruption when viewing them.
Technology: The site is serverless on MongoDB Atlas, MongoDB Realm and MongoDB Atlas Search, with a light PHP base code for the cache and SEO. The front end is made with Vue.js, and the site has a custom image server with Display P3 support.
Special technical features: The most important feature is the ability for users to save their favorite poster collections. Beyond that, being a poster archive, the search feature is the most special. All posters go through the Google Vision API, and the dominant colors are converted to LAB Color Space for proximity search. All posters are already geolocated too; soon we will release a world map with all posters and the ability to search by geolocation.