Postertext is a set of products aimed squarely at readers who like art. Rather than depicting straight-up pieces of art, these artworks are silhouetted images comprised entirely of text. But not just any text; Postertext uses the text from classic literature, including science fiction and fantasy stories.
I got my grubby little hands on their 2014 Literary Poster Calendar and I must say, I was quite impressed. It’s quite large for a calendar, measuring 15 x 28 inches. It’s also spiralbound, holding heavy cardstock paper. When you start looking at what’s inside, the size and paper weight make more sense.
The 2014 Literary Poster Calendar contains 12 pieces of art, one for each month of the year. Each page is a picture comprised of text only — no lines and no edges. Here’s what reader’s will like; the text used is an entire short story and the picture itself is related to that story. So, for example, the artwork for “The Shunned House” by H.P. Lovecraft is a picture of a house and skull comprised of the text from the story. “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving is the horse rider holding up his pumpkin head.
To be sure, this is a cool idea. Anyone who likes reading and art cannot help but be immediately drawn to this. However it does become apparent soon enough that this Literary Poster Calendar works better as art than it does as a calendar or reading material. The calendar itself is confined to a small strip at the bottom of the page, but it is useful, and it’s perforated so that the artwork can be used as posters once the month is over. Whether it works as reading material is left up to the individual reader. Because of the size and the text layout, you will likely have to stand up to read the actual story.
Postertext succeeds aesthetically more than functionally. Nevertheless, it’s an appealing collision of words and art.