Crowd control
From the Tony Palladino Collection, Series 4. Color positive slide, 1992.
June 06, 2014

Crowd control

A poster for the "56th Mobil Cotton Bowl Classic" which is written in big blue text on a huge sign that is broken up by smaller signs that are held up by an enormous crowd of people. You can only see the faces of the crowd which are drawn in a very simplistic manner. Above the crowd to the left, "Florida State VS. Texas A&M" is printed on with thick bold black text.


Tony Palladino, along with Chermayeff & Geismar, was enlisted by Mobil to design the poster for Cotton Bowl advertisements in the late-80s and 90s. We don’t actually have this poster in our collection, though we have two others (which will follow shortly); only this slide of it. The others also make use of the visual appearance of a crowd as a way to play with perception of figure and ground. This slide didn’t go through properly the first time so I don’t have a good image of it, but if you click through I’ve included a smaller picture for reference.