I'd like an all-purpose poster designed for a series of events I'll be putting on about living a literary life in Los Angeles.
A couple specifics: I'd like the words "A Guide to Literary Los Angeles: How to find your writing community in a sprawling city" on the poster, as well as my name -- Siel Ju. I don't want dates / places on there as I want to be able to use the poster for multiple events.
Now for some looser ideas: I'd like a graphic that evokes Los Angeles -- the city, the beach, the hope of the American dream / going west -- though not all these elements need to be included, and certainly not in a literal sense. I'd also like writing / books to be evoked in some way -- though again, a literal image of a pen is not what I'm asking for. I'm just throwing out some general ideas -- These are some themes / feelings I'd like the poster to evoke, not necessarily specific images I need the poster to include.
Ideally, this image will be somewhat separate from the text itself. For example, I'm NOT looking for just a stock photo that runs behind the text. I'd prefer a unique graphic -- even if it's a simple one -- that I'd also be able to use by itself elsewhere too (e.g. on my blog).
I'd like the whole thing to look pretty and legible printed on a standard 8.5x11 for say, the cover of an event program -- but to also look good if blown up to a larger size poster.
Beyond that, I don't have a whole lot of specifics. I tend to have simpler, minimalist aesthetics and prefer clean lines to something super busy. But I'm willing to be surprised. I'm reluctant to specify / pin down too rigidly what I'm looking for visually, because I'm not the design expert here -- You are.