The idea of the project cames up in 2010, when ODLCO traveled to Taiwan, spending a lot of time at the night markets. The kernel for the Market Posters project developed then. They were enchanted with the special atmosphere created in those markets, and they want to formulate a project based on their experience there.
So they proposed to Jingyao Guo proposed a series of illustrations exploring the atmosphere and configuration of different world markets. Soon after, they selected the first few markets in the series and started working.
The Taiwan Night Market was the first to be drawn, then, together with Jingyao, they did a lot of secondary research through image and video searches and descriptive texts written by people who had visited each market. Based on this, they made notes, Jingyao Guo sent sketches, and they worked together to refine the composition and content. First they settled on the view, and details were added bit by bit to make each drawing as specific as possible.
Each poster is rigorously composed—every sign, the goods sold, and even the textures of the walls and floors are based on research. Because they put so much effort into accuracy, the final pieces will ship with a small key to the drawing, explaining the special features of each market.