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West Hollywood Library Poster
posted: September 30, 2011

This weekend is the official opening of the new West Hollywood Library. The city asked me to design a poster for the event and also for the 10th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair.  They are very proud of the new building designed by Culver City architects Johnson Favaro, it’s been praised as one of the best pieces of public architecture in LA in a decade.

I worked with my friend Rikki Poulos and the Director of Public Information for West Hollywood, Helen Goss. Right from the start, we knew the main image of the poster would be the new building, these four comps show some possible approaches. The top left design with echoes of Matisse and Le Corbusier was chosen.

I added a stack of books with a mix of typographic styles for the Book Fair poster.
7 comments
Douglas Fraser September 30, 2011
The contrasting hard, and brushed edges are great compliments. Definitely saying California.
Owen Freeman October 1, 2011
Excellent work, I like the blue and white background treatment as well.
Marc October 3, 2011
Elegant solutions, Paul.
Roberthunt October 3, 2011
Pretty cool Paul! I have a feelong that the West Hollywood library never looked better!
Felix Sockwell October 3, 2011
nice drawings/ solutions Paul. smells fresh. what the hell is a book fair anyway. dont get me wrong. i love books. and i love fairs. but the those two words dont fare so well (together).
David Ross October 3, 2011
I spent a good deal of my early childhood in the original West Hollywood Library. It was tiny and always empty and had a great selection of early editions of Peanuts comics : ) Oh, and great poster!
Noah Woods October 20, 2011
Just did a book signing at the West Hollywood Book Fair, Paul, and did a reading to a bunch of five and six year olds in front of an absolutely gigantic version of your gorgeous art. The poster is up all over town and looks pretty damn stunning. Congratulations!
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