Punk rock + Swiss modernism combined

I’m a huge fan of punk rock, particularly punk bands from the 70s and 80s. And I think it’s safe to say that most designers (myself definitely included) appreciate Swiss modernism, even if it’s not their own style preference.

Designer Mike Joyce, of Stereotype Design in New York City, has started the Swissted project. It’s a collection of re-imagined posters he’s designed for punk concerts that actually happened, from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, except in Swiss modern style.

The posters are phenomenal, capturing both the essence of the bands and the eras, as well as the clean lines and beautiful but simple color schemes associated with Swiss modernism. It’s a fantastic project, and there will even be a print book released in early March!

Check out some of the awesome Swissted designs below!

millions of dead cops
bad religion
melvins nirvana
joan jett
talking heads
babes in toyland
iggy pop
the cure
pearl jam
the clash
the cramps
dead kennedys
social distortion
violent femmes
agent orange
they might be giants
gorilla biscuits
sonic youth
the stooges
green day
bikini kill
sex pistols
beastie boys

What’s your favorite Swissted design? Let us know in the comments!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Vale.Likes.Deep.Holes Valerio Dell’Edera


  • http://twitter.com/kropecius Brian Mulholland

    Dang. All of these a frackin cool, man! Totally inspiring.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Pye/516456390 James Pye


  • Brock

    Nice work but purely ridiculous. None of those bands sound anything like those posters look. It’s almost insulting.

    • http://www.facebook.com/trumanski Tru Butterworth

      Brock is on the money there.
      Very pleasing to the eye I must admit.

    • http://twitter.com/coolmccool coolmccool

      You’re right there, Brock. Only the antiseptic Talking Heads poster is anywhere near right. I saw a lot of these bands and it was all about DIY + analog + rough edges.

  • Mark Gason

    they are cool, but they certainly do not “capture the essence” of any of these bands. They all seem wildly irrelevant. Maybe you had to be there

  • name

    this exactly hit my prefererd style :) thank you very much .. i have a link i can relate to, when communicating to designer :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/georgehmcknight George McKnight

    The whole ‘swiss minimalism’ thang has it’s time and place, but not when advertising your fav band or concert. Seen something similar with Penguin books. Good execution of this particular style though.

  • Nic

    Yeah. absolutly nice work, but I think …the nature of the bands dont really fit with the design. But i’m pretty sure I know what you wanted to show. I’ve thought of this design with Velvet Underground….. But HEY, really inspiring work man. Thx