41st Dally in the Alley



Dally in the Alley is a radical street fair that has occurred in the Cass Corridor neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan since 1977. What began as a fundraiser to raise money for legal fees to stop rising rent prices, unwanted construction and environmental hazards has blossomed into a community-led street fair that has maintained a corporate-free model of inclusionary celebrations for one of Detroit's centrally-located harder hit neighborhoods.

Every year a local artist creates a poster advertising the free event, and in keeping with the spirit of DIY and radical community, I designed and hand-pulled a neon poster that embodies the spirit of the late 70s and early 80s poster series of past Dally celebrations. Being cognizant of budgetary and space restrictions, the poster is designed so that it can be cut half, with both sides communicating vital festival information.

In addition to the poster, this Dally in the Alley has a digital arm where users can create their own “digital poster” using the festival assets, which can be shared via social media to increase awareness of the festival.

Tools Used
Speedball Fluorescent Inks, French Paper in Pop Tone Black Licorice, Faber Castell Pens, Illustrator, After Effects

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Hi there!

My name is Eric James Wilson. I'm a graphic designer for brands, packaged goods and LCD screens who likes to think, sometimes draws pictures, and makes silkscreened editions.

I like to get my hands dirty in my garden, see new things around the world, and I like to think I'm a pretty good cook.


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