The best poster designs: 54 inspiring examples

Three of the best poster designs
(Image credit: Henri Privat-Livemont / Michael Turner / Saul Bass)

The best poster designs can be a fantastic source of creative inspiration. Despite the shift to digital formats, the poster remains a powerful medium through which designers can communicate and provoke. And when they hit the right mark, they're a joy to look at.

Posters as a means of communication really took off through advertising and promotional posters, a tradition that began way back in the 1870s. Initially, poster designs were black and white and largely text-based, but the introduction of Jules Cheret's three-stone lithographic printing process in around 1880 allowed artists to start developing striking, colourful poster designs. 

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1