I talked myself out of my funk by cruising through one of my favourite time-wasting sites: Gigposters.
I love band posters. I love the fact that they're usually very creative and meld the best elements of graphic design and visual art together. I love the fact that they're ephemeral and historically specific, and that they aren't just art for art's sake but have a real, and clearly indicated, purpose.
Plus, as a bit of an indie music fan, I like the fact that some of the most creative work is done for bands I've never heard of.
Now check out this poster:
How gorgeous is this? I've never heard of the String Cheese Incident, but this poster is wonderful and it's almost enough to make me want to chase the band down and have a listen (despite their rather silly name).
I love the art deco typeface used on the balloon, I love the clouds, I love the reflection in the water, the city skyline etc. It's a nice, strong image, illustrated clearly and attractively.
So yes, I am a bit of a fan of graphic design in general. Low art, low culture, kitsch, whatever -- I like it. It's fun and it's accesible to a pleb like me. I can get a band poster that has had a run of 20 copies for under $50 and hang it on my wall as a fairly interesting and unique 'artwork'; whereas to get my hands on an honest to god Chagall painting or a Robert Dickerson piece is, well, it's unlikely.
Anyway, while cruising through Gigposters I came across a couple that really appealed. Like this one for Sleater-Kinney (one of my favourite bands right now):
It's so cute and simple. It uses two colour printing, clean lines, tells a story, and it has a bird motif which is one of my little obsessions.
I also picked up this really cute Tegan and Sara poster as a gift for a friend:
Anyway, then I had to stop looking because I would have spent a small fortune in posters if I let myself. I'm weak like that.