Duncan Pflaster's Postcard Design Portfolio
Quality Work - Manageable Rates
$100 per hour design work. (usually 2 hours)
I am happy to work with templates from any postcard printing company you choose.
Other design work (web graphics, animated gifs) is possible.
a specialty- $30 for standard (2 8� x 11 size pages folded into 8 pages), $2 more per extra sheets. E-mail
Samples of my work below: Click on each to go to the Flickr
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Recommendations from Satisfied Customers!
I was thrilled with Duncan Pflaster's postcard design for my show. Not only did he improve upon my initial ideas, but his implementation was much more eye-catching and visually appealing than my original visualization. He showed great patience and professionalism in not only improving upon countless minute details until I was utterly satisfied, but doing the whole thing in a ridiculously tight timeframe. I would use Duncan Pflaster to design my show postcards again any time, and recommend him highly.
- Andrew Rothkin
Artistic Director of White Rabbit Theatre
Duncan designed an effective, catchy postcard for my showcase, 7-Eleven. I was impressed by his quick turnaround, the multiple options he offered us from the onset and how flexible he was with any changes we needed. Plus, as a serendipitous bonus, he introduced us to a fabulous artist who donated her visual work to our production. I wouldn't hesitate to hire him again and I absolutely recommend his services to others!
- Maitely Weismann
Mission Accomplished! I needed a postcard quickly and Duncan designed the
perfect one in no time. Responsive and creative...a great combination!
The Starship Astrov- Front.
This was a show heavily influenced by Star Trek, so tried to get that feel without anything that might be legally objectionable. Also used Kirby Dots for the nebula in back, giving it something of a comic book tone, which I thought went well with the zeerust design of the ship itself.
The Starship Astrov- Back.
Color on the back; again, it's the little things.
St Nicholas- Front.
This is one of my favorites. This play by Conor McPherson is about vampires, so I really had a good time. This review of the show praised my "Very clever graphic design". This one is very cool close-up. Theatre of the Expendable went with bookmark-sized postcards again, as they did with Almost Exactly Like Us (below), so I made a virtue of the unusual length.
The stained glass is a representation of St. Nicholas, of course.
St Nicholas- Back.
Though it was an odd-shaped bookmark size, this was longer than the previous Theatre of the Expendable one (see Almost Exactly Like Us, below), so it was easier to fit in all the info (including a calendar of performances, which the producer especially wanted).
The Thyme of the Season- Front.
I wrote a sequel to A Midsummer Night's Dream. I was going for an "ancient" look with the wallpaper, with an autumnal undertone, and the butterfly for a hint of fairydom.
The Thyme of the Season- Back.
Having extra color on the back was free, so I figured why not. It really made the leaves look nicer.
The Picture of Dorian Gray- Front.
Part of the Director's concept was that the audience would never actually see the painting, so she asked to have it kept off-stage for the postcard.
The Picture of Dorian Gray- Back.
Used a more frenzied font for the back, to contrast with the staid order of the front. I liked the idea of just seeing the back of the canvas.
Almost Exactly Like Us- Front.
Theatre of the Expendable chose to go with bookmark-shaped postcards for this show, since it was so much about reading. The play took place in a few parallel universes, so there was a big photo shoot of the leading actress in three different styles, and the director chose the most expressive.
Almost Exactly Like Us- Back.
It was tough work, fitting all the important info onto the back of a bookmark-sized space, but I accomplished it.
Photograph of cast members by the Director- I altered it to fade out all the color except for the main couple, and to make all the tombstones entirely grey. I also, at his request, added in a blue sky, which was also used on the back, and changed the color of the wine to match the title.
This was never intended to be mailed. This was an oversized postcard, so there was room for headshots and things on the back.
My vampire play. There's a lot of talk about blood-sucking ticks in the beginning of the show, so I included a tick as the main design element. I also wanted a sense of modern nightlife and danger, and that's where the "radioactive" letters came from, contrasted with the older, more "vampiric" text below ("Black Sam's Gold", one of my favorite fonts). This postcard is nominated for a Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Award!
Dithered for a while about whether to do color on the back or not, but once we teamed with New York Blood Center, I decided we really needed the blood info in red. Plus, then got to do the green/purple title, which is painfully eye-catching.
The Imaginary Invalid: By Prescription Only- Front.
The producer was looking for something that would combine medical imagery with a sense that the lead in this Moliere adaptation was a rich female.
The Imaginary Invalid: By Prescription Only- Back.
Lots of information to fit on the back, since we went with such a spare front.
The 7-11 Plays- Front.
An actors' showcase. The producers supplied the photo of the actors in a 7-11.
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The 7-11 Plays- Back.
Simple and clean, with eye-catching color.
Planet Connections Theater Festivity- Front.
Sometimes a vertically aligned "poster-style" is a good choice.
Planet Connections Theater Festivity- Back.
Here especially, color on the back helps to keep the list of all the plays separate and clear.
Theatre of the Small-Eyed Bear's Get S.O.M.!- Front.
A theatrical merger of three companies doing three shows in repertory.
Theatre of the Small-Eyed Bear's Get S.O.M.!- Backs.
Three separate backs for the same postcard front, each highlighting a separate show in the repertory season- a novel way to go.
Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants - Front
This was done purposely stark and fairy-taleish. I love those little elephants.
Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants - Back
Putting the large elephant on the back draws the eye when postcards are given out by hand or left in stacks, and can be easily pasted over with a label for mailing. Subtler colors here, used for emphasis.
A simple postcard for a cabaret show. Photo of Heather supplied by herself.
Clear and spare info, with a moon for visual interest.
Bubby's Shadow Front. A show in the 2008 Midtown International Theater Festival. Photo of Randi Sobol and Noura Jost provided by the producers.
And the back- the play was a ghost story, and they wanted something spooky with Bubby (Randi Sobol) looking like a spirit.
This one looks best close-up, click to make it bigger.
The Wastes of Time - Front
This show was about sex, time travel and the specter of death.
The funereal statue clashes with the modern sci-fi font, and the front contrasts with...
The Wastes of Time - Back
...the sexy back. Here is an example of an effective black-and-white postcard back. Again, I put art on the side where the mailing label could go.
Admit Impediments - Front
This play was all about couples, so we took pictures of all three sets and combined the best ones.
Admit Impediments - Back
On the back I went with a marriage theme.
Holla Holla's Production of A Midsummer Night's Dream - Front
This is one of my favorites. The producer requested a large moon as the dominant image, and I went with that. I like the little fairies poking through the trees at the bottom.
Holla Holla's Production of A Midsummer Night's Dream - Back
I included a map on the back of this one, since the show was in a dell in Central Park and it was easy to get lost on the way.
Eternity: Time Without End - Front
This one's very pretty. The play was about people looking for buried treasure on a deserted beach, and discovering a more mystical effect, hence the turned-up corner to indicate another world behind what we usually see.
Eternity: Time Without End - Back
Went for a "Treasure Map" thing here. Also included a map to the theater, as it was down in the village, Where The Streets Have No Numbers.
Holla Holla's Production of Twelfth Night - Front
A Mardi Gras theme here, which suited the production's design.
Also a touch of the sinister, with the shadow of the mask in the background.
Holla Holla's Production of Twelfth Night - Back
Very simple and uncluttered.