Posters of the 1989 Velvet Revolution

The brand new publication Posters of the 1989 Velvet Revolution contains reproductions of 47 posters from November and December 1989, and the stories surrounding the creation of the posters are captured in interviews with 13 poster creators. The book has 144 colour pages, measures 21×21 cm and is published in Czech and English.

Posters of the Velvet Revolution marks the 20th anniversary of the events that led to the fall of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia. The posters and flyers that hung on nearly every street corner and important place in Czech cities created an indelible backdrop for those revolutionary days. Most of them were hand-drawn or painted, but nevertheless, only a few days after 17 November, a number of the posters printed under semi-legal circumstances were produced in large editions using offset or screenprint technology. Some were made by anonymous creators, but others were by experienced artists, including Aleš Najbrt, Michal Cihlář, Pavel Šťastný, Rostislav Vaněk, Ivan Král and František Skála.

Plakáty sametové revoluce (obálka)

Context is added by enlightening essays by design theoretician Iva Knobloch and historian Jiří Suk. The atmosphere of November and December 1989 is recalled in pictures by leading Czech photographers Tomki Němec, Karel Cudlín, Miloš Fikejz and Pavel Štecha, which capture the transformation of grey Czech cities into brightly coloured areas for postering.






The book was put together by graphic designer Filip Blažek, who personally collected the posters at the end of 1989; as a student, he helped out at Prague’s Mánes art gallery, which overnight became one of several informal centers of opposition to the totalitarian regime.

Filip Blažek presented his poster collection during the ATypI conference in Mexico. The book was officially announced by Michael Kocáb, Minister of the Government of the Czech Republic for Human Rights at Straka Academy, the seat of Czech PM.

Slavnostní přípitek (Michael Kocáb, Lucie Wittlichová, Filip Blažek a Jiří Suk)

Published by Prague’s XYZ Publishing House. Sold out.

23. 11. 2009 Filip Blažek
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Comments (5)

Great job Filip! Quite an accomplishment!!!

Vladimir Zimakov vladimirzimakov.com
25. 11. 2009, 02:24

An interview with author by Ian Willoughby at Czech Radio: http://www.radio.cz/en/article/122627

Filip Blažek designiq.cz
1. 12. 2009, 11:57

Congratulations, Filip! Magnificent collection!

Alejandro Cabrera Ávila cabreratypo.com
15. 12. 2009, 05:46

Looks like a great book. Where can I get a copy in Prague?

Ryan Cole askdesigners.eu
20. 12. 2010, 11:01

Check Neoluxor, they should have it. Or order online at http://www.neoluxor.cz/umeni/ostatni/plakaty-sametove-revoluce-pr-d3t147292

Filip Blažek designiq.cz
20. 12. 2010, 14:08

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Filip Blažek

Co-founder of TYPO magazine, graphic designer, owner of Designiq studio, teacher, co-author of Practical Typography.

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