4th blog post: Hierarchy Rhythm


Above is a music festival flyer for 2013’s Camp Bisco. The first step in the hierarchy that establishes the date and location of the event are separated via font size, and is done quite successfully. However, following the date and location of the event are two separate lists of performers, both separated by color and a nearly unnoticeable change in font size. One can assume that the top list of acts in the orange are headliners and that the bottom list of performers in the blue are openers, but if you weren’t familiar with who exactly the headlining acts were the differentiation between the two could be tough. While the two separate steps in the hierarchy do look unified, its difficult to tell exactly what they’re trying to get across. What’s interesting is that in years following 2013, Camp Bisco made very apparent strides to differentiate the headliners from openers on their fliers. Now, on their 2016 fliers, the hierarchy is very well established.


Rhythm of Hierarchy


This music festival sheet jam packs a whole lot of information but displays it well. It takes a little bit to soak everything in but once you understand how it works. it is really effective in showing what show is playing, when, and on what stage. It’s initially broken up by day, and then by location and time. There’s alternating colors to break up the chunks of information. Instead of emphasizing the specific acts that are performing during this festival (could be on another sheet) there’s emphasis on the location and time for every act.

Moonrise Festival – Hierarchy Rhythm

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I decided to discuss the Moonrise Festival flyer because it is successful in the a,b,c Hierarchy Rhythm. Not only because it works but also because I attended this music festival and I first handedly used this lineup flyer.

What I really enjoy are the color contrast of the artists who are performing and on what specific date. One Saturday all of them were orange but on Sunday they were a little more lighter. A very subtle factor but it helps guide the eyes. One thing that I did not like was the times they had listed. They had the later times at the top and the earlier times on the bottom. This was extremely confusing because I thought the artist at the top was earlier in the day but it was actually later. Looking at this piece as a whole, what makes it unified is the fact that it has an abundance of information but it’s nicely divided amongst the flyer and the usage of the oranges and the blues are nice as well.

I’ll also miss this amazing weekend!

Hierarchy Rhythm

For this blog post, I found this poster for the Mission Ridge Mountain Music Festival that uses an “a, b, c” rhythm of hierarchy. The rhythm of hierarchy that is utilized here is very clear and unified. The name of the festival is obviously the biggest & boldest and is at the top to make sure the viewer remembers the name of the event. The designer then makes the next chunk of information, being the dates & times of the event, smaller but in different colors to make it stand out. I like how the day of the week and time are in green & orange but the date is black & bold. Even though the date is smaller, the dark boldness of it gives it emphasis. Where this event is located is also the same hierarchy even though it is located at the very bottom. The lowest level of hierarchy is the names of the performers being the smallest and most squished together. If I had to make a change, I would change the color of the small text of the performers as the green could be hard to read on that gray background. Other than that however, I felt that the designer of this poster did a great job at advertising this event and utilizing the “a, b, c” rhythm of hierarchy.


Hierarchy Rhythm


I chose this concert poster from The 1975. The hierarchy is clear to understand. The artists are ordered by size from headliner to opener. There is good white space between the concert title, the artists, and the concert information. The less important information is left outside of the main frame. Other than the band  and concert logos everything is the same font, which is good for readability; the hierarchy is instead shown primarily through size and placement. Overall, I would say it is a successful tool for understanding the event.

Hierarchy Rhythm


I found this film festival poster to show great text hierarchy and a sort of “a, b, c,” nature. This poster is successful because the typefaces used go well together. It seems as though it might be the same type but with different family uses like bold and condensed. The film title is larger and bolder than the year and movie length below making it easy to pick out the title because of the use of hierarchy, your eyes are drawn to it. I love the way that the dates are shown on this poster with the little calendar next to the title. The white boxes break up the dark black background. The diagonal design of this poster makes it unique and unified and the black and white features make it simplistic but interesting.


Hierarchy Rhythm

This is the Mysteryland 2016 Full Lineup Poster. This is a music festival that attracts a lot of young people which is why I think the colors work well here. Layout wise type size was used to show who the headliners are and who are the  most well known artists. As those are going down the page by date, the stage location is also listed down the side. The yellow border makes the poster look unified and easy to read. Yes the print gets super small at the bottom but I’m sure when looking at it in person it is still readable.

~Hanna Cavanagh