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Celebrating 8-Tracks, Cassette Tapes and Typefaces in the 1970s and ’80s

8-Track Type Poster Mix Type Poster

Eight-track tapes and mix-tapes. Two standbys for music in the 1970s and 1980s. Benguiat and Futura. Two standby typefaces from the 1970s and 1980s.

My latest two posters explore what happens when typefaces and music mix. To make things entertaining, I’ve mashed up names of performers for the 1970s and names of songs for the 1980s and then set them in typefaces that compliment each other, largely from the same decades. Who can forget that smash hit from the 1980s  “Everybody Wants to Rule the End of the World as We Know It” set in the typefaces Industria and Onyx?  Or the 1970s funk super group (Stevie) Wonder Bread set in Avant Garde Gothic and Cooper Black?

The posters also feature design motifs from each decade gleaned from research and lived experience. Though born in the late 1960s, most of my memories begin in the 1970s with my older brother listening to 8-track tapes in his room and in the car. By the 1980s, I was in junior high, high school and then college and shared mix tapes while beginning to notice and learn about design.

I hope you’ll enjoy these two posters. Each one is part of a signed and numbered edition of 100. You can buy the posters for $60 each, or both of them for $100. See below for the specs:

Size: 24 inches x 16 inches
Ink: 4-color printed on an Epson 2700 with archival inks
Paper (please note that the paper will need to be protected from direct sunlight to prevent fading)
8-Track Type: Sylvamo Accent 80# Natural
Mix type: Hammermill Spring Hill Pink #80 cover

I accept the cards shown below. The cost of shipping is $10 for the U.S. and $40 for anywhere outside of the U.S. Once the posters have shipped please allow 4-10 days for your poster to arrive if you live in the U.S.; outside the U.S. takes 3 to 4 weeks. The posters are rolled and shipped in a heavy duty cardboard tube via U.S. Postal Service.

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8-Track Type Poster:

Mix Type Poster:

Both Posters:

Here are a few more images:

8-Track Type


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Mix Type Poster:

Mix Type Poster

Mix Type - Beat it Mix Type - Waling on sunshine like and Egyptian Mix Type - Everybody want to rule the end of the world as we know it Mix Type - Stand By Your Man Mix Type - Sweet Dreams