These surreal vintage Polish posters are a graphic design dream

Soviet-era design is often associated with stark, hard angles, dull hues and a utilitarian clunkiness, but these stunning posters from post-war Poland show a very different story, and they're absolute classics of graphic design. Bold and colourful, the posters shine with vibrant personalities, and a duo of London-based dealers is now ensuring they get the credit they deserve.

From the 1950s right through to the 1980s, the Polish School of Posters blended painterly aesthetics with the direct, concise form of communication offered by the poster in a way that blurred the line between designer and artist. The influence of names like Ryszard Kiwerski and Maciej Hibner hasn't been as well recognised internationally as that of Western designers like Saul Bass, but judging by some of these posters, it should be (for more poster inspiration, see our selection of the best poster designs).

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.