Poster Guidelines

What Is A Poster?

This includes gig posters and flyers, concert posters, album promo, and band/artist posters. We encourage including a link for the band/artist to their Discogs artist page.

Film posters are also accepted on Posterogs and can be linked to their corresponding Filmogs page.

What Isn't A Poster?

For the purpose of the database and marketplace, Posterogs does not consider the following suitable for Posterogs: ticket stubs, business cards, one-off art prints, photographs. These submissions will be removed.

Posters on Discogs Artist Pages

Music posters are now showing on Discogs artist pages! This posters are pulled directly from Posterogs. Just make sure the band or musician's Artist page on Discogs links to their Posterogs page (e.g. Dave Matthews Band Discogs Page links to their Posterogs page in the 'Sites' section. Anyone can edit an Artist page on Discogs.

Country

Enter the country where this poster was produced.

Limited run of

If production was limited to a certain number of prints, enter the total number of prints in this field.

This will usually be found in one of the corners of the print, or on the back.

Title

Our guidelines for poster titles depend on the type of poster you're submitting (for example, a gig poster title should be titled {BAND} {CITY} {YEAR}).

Title structure is important to make posters easy to search for and find in the database, as well as differentiate posters, and prevent duplicate submissions.

Promotional or sales type information is not permitted in the title field. (e.g. rare, mint condition, hard to find, holy grail etc).

We’ve created a unique structure for giving your poster submissions a title, since it's not always clear what this should be.

For brevity, the use of the word ‘band’ below refers to any musical artist, group or solo.
Below you’ll find simple formulas for identifying poster types and creating clear titles:

  • Gig poster: {band name} - {city}, {year (YYYY)}, e.g. Queens Of The Stone Age - Nashville, 2017
  • Tour Poster: {band name} - {Tour title}, {country} {year (YYYY), e.g. AC/DC - Black Ice Tour, USA 2009
  • Album Promo: {band name} - {album name}, e.g. David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
  • Band/Artist Poster: {band name}, {year (YYYY)}, e.g. Iggy Pop, 1983
  • Event Poster: {event name} - {city}, {year (YYYY)}, e.g. Pitchfork Music Festival - Chicago, 2006
  • Film poster: {film}, {year (YYYY)}, e.g. 3:10 To Yuma, 2007

If you’re trying to add a poster whose title doesn’t fit with any of these conventions, please start a thread in the forum.

Notes

Use this free text field to add any additional details about the poster that don't fit in any of the above fields. This includes distinguishing features of the poster, or secondary sources consulted for the submission.

Don't use this field for data that belongs in another field.

Please do not include subjective opinions, reviews, promotional language or hype, or condition notes.

Print Technique

Enter the printing technique used to produce this poster.

  • Dot matrix: Sometimes known as impact matrix printing, this is a type of computer printing which uses a print head that moves back and forth or up and down, striking an inked ribbon against the paper, much like a typewriter. Letters a drawn out of a dot matrix, and varied fonts and arbitrary graphics can be produced.
  • Etching: The process of using a strong acid of mordant to cut into unprotected parts of a metal surface, creating a design in intaglio (incised) in the metal. Generally made by covering a metal plate with a waxy, acid resistant ground. The artist then scratches their design into the ground with a pointed etching needle. Acid is then washed over the plate, etching a design into the scratched and unprotected areas of the plate. The wax is then washed off and the plate inked, sinking only into the acid bitten lines.
  • Inkjet: Digital printing which propels droplets of ink onto paper, plastic or other substrates.The most commonly used type of commercial and domestic printer.
  • Laserprint: Electrostatic digital printing process. Produces high quality text and graphics (and moderate quality photographs) by repeatedly passing a laser beam back and forth over a negatively charged cylinder (or drum) to define an image. The drum selectively collects electrically charged powdered ink (toner) and transfers the image to paper, which is heated to permanently fuse the image onto the paper.
  • Litho: Modern lithography involves the image is made of a polymer coating applied to a flexible metal or plastic plate. The image can be printed directly from the plate (with the orientation of the image being reversed), or it can be offset by transferring onto a flexible (rubber) sheet for printing and publication. Different to intaglio printing, where a plate is either engraved or etched, or stippled to score cavities to contain printable ink.
  • Offset: Inked image is transferred, or offset, from a plate onto a rubber sheet, then to the printing surface. When used in combination with the lithographic process - a repulsion of oil and water - the offset technique employs a flat image carrier on which the image to be printed obtains ink from ink rollers, while the non-printing area attracts a water-based film (fountain solution), keeping the non-printing areas ink-free.
  • Relief Print (woodblock or linoblock printing): A relief pattern is carved into the block with a knife, chisel, sandpaper, or carving tools, cutting away ‘white’ areas to leave a design or pattern. Ink is applied to the block, followed by evenly distributed contact with paper or cloth to achieve a print. The art of carving the woodcut is known as xylography, though it’s uncommon to hear this term these days. Layered designs can be achieved by using different colors, cutting away different parts of the design and re-inking and printing.
  • Risograph: Risograph is a brand of digital duplicators manufactured by the Riso Kagaku Corporation that are designed mainly for high-volume photocopying and printing.
  • Screen print: Also known as silk-screen, screen, serigraphy or serigraph printing. A stencil method of print making using mesh, which allows ink to be transferred onto paper except in areas blocked by the stencil. One color is printed at a time, so several screens can be layered to produce a multicolored design.
  • Solid ink print: Digital printing that uses solid ink sticks instead of fluid ink or toner powders used in printers. Afte rthe solid ink is loaded into the printing device, it is melted and used to produce images on paper in a process similar to offset printing. Xerox claims that this method of printing produces more vibrant colors than other methods, is easier to use, can print on a wide range of media and is more environmentally friendly due to reduced waste output.

Venue/s

This field applies mostly to gig posters. Enter the the gig venue name (e.g. music hall, theater, arena, bar, club, etc) exactly as it appears on the poster.

Set List

Enter the setlist related to the gig, concert, or tour poster.

Add a new line for each song in the setlist, including a link to the track on Discogs.

Credits

Enter the name of any people or companies involved in the creation of this poster and select their role from the dropdown menu.

Add only one name per field. To add more, click Add Credits.

This includes the designer or artist of the poster, the printer or typesetter, ad agency behind the poster. If no artist or companies are credited on the poster itself, try doing a Google search to see if you can find more information about the poster.

If the name is different to how the credit is often known, use the Name Variation (NV) function (click the pencil icon) and add the name they're primarily known as.

Combined information such as Design by Joe at Virginart (possibly abbreviated in some way, such as; Design - [email protected]) should be separated: Joe gets the design credit, and Virginart gets a Company credit.

Credits that do not appear on the object or any accompanying official literature can be added when the credit source is stated in the submission notes.

"Thank you' and 'Dedicated to' type lists should only be added to the credits if it is clear the person/s or group/s had direct involvement with the creation of the recording. General thanks, shout outs, hellos etc should not be added to the credit section, and can be added to the notes if required.

Subject/s

Enter the subject of this poster (for example, band, album, tour title, festival, film).

Posters of the same subject will be grouped (for example, all posters with Kurt Vile as the subject are grouped on one page).

Master Poster

Master Poster is used to designate the main run of a poster (often, but not always the Show Edition), which differing editions nest under.

Each poster entered is a Master by default.

When entering an edition of a poster with an existing Master on Posterogs, you can search for the poster by title in the ‘Master Poster’ field, or enter the Posterogs link for this Master.

Examples of when to link a poster to a Master:
-Artist sale of a poster which is different in some way from the copies sold at the show (this can be due to a separately numbered edition that it is artist-signed when show copies are not, etc.)
-AP edition
-Printer’s Proof or other proof editions where the number of copies is known
-Alternate or “variant” editions
-Band-signed copies (only if in a known quantity - such as if the band signs 25 copies and randomly sold them amid the standard run)

When not to link a poster to a Master:
-You have a single copy which was signed by the band
-A one-off copy with a unique doodle from the artist

If your poster is for a gig, tour, of event promotion, please add the date of the event on the poster. If it’s for an album promo, add the year the album was released.

Dates should be added in the format YYYY-MM-DD, or just YYYY.

Subtitle

Use the subtitle field if the poster has an alternate name that it’s commonly known as, (for example, Kozik’s Green Lady Soundgarden/Pearl Jam gig poster).

Avoid adding title attributes into the subtitle (for example, city or year for a gig poster).

Use the subtitle field if the poster has an alternate name that it’s commonly known as, like Kozik’s Green Lady Soundgarden/Pearl Jam gig poster.

Height

Enter the physical dimensions of the poster. Select your preferred unit of measurement from the dropdown menu on the right.

Type

Enter the type of poster this is (or the purpose it was created for).

  • Album Promo: The poster should make direct reference to an album release. Only add label in the subtitle if the poster was associated with one.
  • Band/Artist Poster: Any poster featuring a band or music artist which makes no reference to an album, gig, or event. This could be a press shot poster or related artwork.
  • Event poster: This refers to events like music festivals, club night, showcase, art show, etc.
  • Film poster: Any poster for a cinematic release with title and/or credit block on the print. Year refers to year the poster was produced, rather than the film.
  • Flyer: Also known as a “telephone flyer” or “paster”, these promos are normally found in the US in 8.5"x11" or 11"x17" sizes and typically feature minimal imagery beyond possible stock photos or band logos.
  • Gig poster: A poster for a one-off show or concert by one or more bands at a single venue.
  • Handbill: Small hand-outs (often postcard-size) typically distributed at shows as commemorative items or an advertisement for an upcoming event.
  • Tour Poster: Poster advertising a multi-date tour for one or more bands. The tour may have a unique name which can be entered in the title field. If not, just add an approximation or place and year (e.g. North American Tour, 2005). Add support act in the subtitle field only if they played on all/most dates.

Flyer: Artists may be commissioned to create them for type set and layout purposes all the same. Photocopying is the most common means of production, although offset and digital printing are not uncommon. Various colors of paper stock for the same layout is not unusual.

Handbill: Can cover several different types of posters, although all tend to be typically small (less than A4 of paper) and are meant more to be handed out, either as a commemorative of the event or as an advertisement of an upcoming one.
Current handbills often are cut at postcard size and the most common use is for giveaway at various retail locations, common to targeted attendees. Cards for art shows, dance parties, various festivals or multi-band bills, and upcoming calendars of events at a location are all common.
Over the last 20 years, it has not been unusual for limited edition gig posters to have a handbill size version (usually about 1/4 of the size, but varying) printed at the same time. This can be random or not, but has more to do with how much leftover space there was on the full uncut sheet prior to printing. If layout allowed for a handbill (or multiples of) to be printed at the same time as the poster, it may be more common.
Some artists (Mark Arminski, for example) are known for printing handbills of almost every poster they create and may even insert alternate color or image “wildcards” in the handbill printing process.
Lastly, handbill size versions exist of many 1960s psychedelic era posters, mostly those in the BG and FD poster series. Like the more recent, these are reduced size clones of the full size posters, although mostly intended to be used as ads for upcoming shows. These exist in several varieties - some with blank backs, some with postcard backs, and some even with calendar lists of upcoming events. Many of the various versions of each are well documented as to what kinds circulate.

Width

Enter the physical dimensions of the poster. Select your preferred unit of measurement from the dropdown menu on the right.

Link a Discogs artist, release, or label page where possible.

We don't accept links to review pages, email addresses, shops or online stores, poor quality fan pages, or pages that are not directly accessible (e.g. require a log in or payment to view).