The Haircut; or, The Barbershop Duet

A simple process that resulted in a wide range of designs (of varying quality), with the final result being something we are exceptionally happy with.

£207 paid

89 custom designs

18 pre-qualified designers.

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Winning design #22 by jasat, Poster Design for The Haircut; or, The Barbershop Duet Contest
Gold Medal

designed by jasat

Project description

I require an A3 poster (also delivered as a portrait A5 flyer size) for an improvised comedy show to be presented at FRINGE WORLD 2016 in Australia.


The image of the two performers should take up the majority of the poster, as we feel this communicates the comedic nature of the show. 

Although this is a comedy show, we don't want the poster to be too 'silly' or 'funny' - leaning more towards a classy, clean presentation. Experimentation with typography would be appreciated, but please keep it flat/bold/calligraphic rather than 3D/cartoony/garish.

It is important that the show details and press quotes are intelligently laid out and easily readable. The dates and venues change throughout the run, and so as much clarity as possible with the presentation of these is key.

We'd like the poster to be eye catching and attractive, to entice potential audience members to find out more about the show online.

Our target audience is a wide range of 18-65 year olds (although the show it suitable for families), so nothing too niche or targeted, please.

Please no comedy cliches such as microphones, stage etc.


The show details for the poster:

Title: The Haircut; or, The Barbershop Duet

(This may be presented with 'THE HAIRCUT' as a main title, with 'or, The Barbershop Duet' as a subtitle)

BylineA high-wire hour of unscripted comedy

(This may or may not be included, it is preferable that it is)

Press Quotes

‘Unashamedly clever and sparklingly original’ ★★★★ The Arts Desk

‘Mines for laughs in esoteric places, consistently digs up comedy gold’ ★★★★ The West Australian

Best Comedy Nominee - FRINGE WORLD 2015


Show details (these must all be included):

5.30pm; 22nd-27th January

The Stables, Perth Cultural Centre


6pm; 28th, 29th January

9.30pm; 1st-7th February, 15th, 16th February

(as ‘Racing Minds presents: Unscripted!’)

The Parrott House, Maylands


Suitable for All Ages

Tickets available at fringeworld.com.au


The icons attached should be included, one of the FRINGE WORLD logos and the comedy icon (the pink colour may be altered to fit with the palette).


Poster must be portrait, 3mm bleed, CMYK.

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Thanks, we look forward to your entries.

Chris & Alice



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Comments

  • please feedback my design! #86
  • Hi Chris,
    at first I have to tell you that your contest fits my personal views and sensibility and I really enjoyed doing this design. As you see I tried to do some typography play, and maybe is a little confusing but I think that with this layout the poster has a chance to catch public attention. People won't just throw a view for a second, but they will stop to see what is the „problem“ with the title and they would want to solve a „problem“. ;)
    It would be just like stacking a puzzle and it will make people to feel more connected to your project.
    I would really like to hear you opinion.
    Best regards... ;)
  • Thank you for the entries so far - the internet where I'm at for the next 12 hours is unreliable so excuse the lack of extended responses as with earlier in the contest. We'll be eliminating any that don't make us go 'oooh' or 'wow!' - thanks for your understanding!
  • About #76, @twindzn Thanks for this - Though the border is eye catching, on second consideration we feel it may come across as a bit grungy and at odds with the aesthetic of the show.
  • Hope you like it and please tell me if you need anything more #72 #74 #75, @kosovic
  • same as previous one with white background and stronger pink #71
  • I think this is a smart alteration, as it balances out the poster and highlights the comedy nomination. Clever! #47
    • @ChrisPJTurner Thanks for the feedback! Please check my new entry #65 and let me know what do you think!

    • @ChrisPJTurner Thanks for the feedback! Please check my new entry #65 and let me know what do you think!

  • Thank you so much for the feedback on my others. Here is a bit of a border if it makes it look any more appealing! If not, please eliminate it so i know, thanks! #62
    • About #62, @twindzn I think this is a clever way of drawing attention to the poster, but we're not too keen on the title and the other fonts.

  • This is the nicest of your designs so far - the texture is great, and a nice way of balancing everything. The colours of the title are attractive. The byline 'a high wire...' is relegated a bit, and is positioned where one might expect to see a 'NAME OF COMPANY presents...' line, which draws attention away from it, when it's a descriptor of the show. It's very nice, though we think that it may blend in a little when competing with lots of other posters at the festival (not really a criticism - it's a perennial problem with pretty much every design! #49

  • We prefer this to #53, and prefer the font to the previous, similar design. It looks nice, though think that it may blend in a little when competing with lots of other posters at the festival (not really a criticism - it's a perennial problem with pretty much every design!) #48
  • Thanks for this - it looks very nice and is neat and clean, while the title typography really 'pops' with the rest of it being so minimal. #45
  • Thanks for this, we feel it is a bit cluttered and confused and lacks the extra 'wow' that we're hoping will make the poster stand out. #46
  • Thanks for these - we appreciate the mockups for #60 and #61. This is clear and minimal, but lacks the extra 'wow' that we're hoping will make the poster stand out. #59
  • Quick promotional poster, nothing is listed but i thought i would show you. #61
  • Placed it in a mockup for ya #60
  • Clean and simple, and visually appealing at the same time :) #59
  • Hi @ChrisPJTurner , please check #47 for a little revision and let me know if you want to change or adding something..
    Thank you!
  • Hi @ChrisPJTurner,

    Hope you like it and please tell me if you need anything more,

    Thanks, #46
  • About #7, @kristijp - we find the typography of both the byline and the title appealing; though the sheer amount of information around the picture on all sides seems restrictive and cluttered (though we are aware that there is a fair bit of info that must be crammed in somehow!). A version with the information on the sides moved to above or below the picture would be preferable. The layout/font for the byline and 'suitable for all ages | tickets available...' is neat and clear.
    • @ChrisPJTurner Thanks for your feedback. I took some time to mull it over and do a bit of brainstorming with the layout. I agree that it began to look a bit cluttered with all the information filling in the white space. I did try out your suggestion of putting the text above and below the photo but I'm not sure I've found the perfect solution to keep interest and lay it out in that way, but I'm still working on it. In the mean time I've done a variation of this design where I've given the text some room to breathe and lightened it up so the information and imagery aren't competing so much for attention. Let me know what you think! #45

  • About #38, @operhal - This is once again a very modern and minimal design, with a nice layout and the border (while posing potential problems with printing) is a nice touch. All the information is clear and well placed. We prefer this to #39.
    • @ChrisPJTurner thank you for your feedback. I am glad that you like this design and if is there anything you would like to change, please let me know. I am sure that printing will not be a problem becouse of border, there is 3mm bleed from every side with cut marks.