Movie posters nowadays are often saturated with cheesy close-ups of actors or over the top action stills. They are thought of much more as simply commercial marketing rather than pieces of design. However they used to be just as iconic and memorable as the films they promoted, as seen in posters for films like Jurassic Park and Vertigo. So iconic in fact, that designer John Taylor has tested our ability to remember and recognise these images through an experiment he calls Film The Blanks.
By distilling the posters down to their core elements of colours and shapes and taking out anything that would easily identify the films, Taylor has created a series of images that are immediately recognisable as the iconic movie posters they were originally. It’s really interesting how our brains can easily and quickly identify the film, just from a few colours and shapes. It really shows just how iconic these movie posters were, both as promotion for the films, but also as great pieces of design.
The entire collection of abstracted posters can be found here.
Found via Fast Co. Design
Its been a while since I last posted about one of my own projects on this blog (or even posted at all for that matter), so I thought I’d give you a little update. Before that though, I just wanted to talk about the fantastic new piece of work by one of my favourite designers, Olly Moss. Now, those among you who are avid readers of my blog (I’m sure there are some of you out there!) may remember the post I did on his solo exhibition from last year, or the one I did on alternative movie posters that was inspired by his work.
The poster he created for the 85th Oscars is another example of his great visual work. It takes every single one of the best picture winners from the past 85 years and visualises them as an Oscars statue.
Seen above are the statues for ‘The Hurt Locker’ and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. They, like the 83 others, remain true to the original award, not straying too far from its iconic design. Moss’ ability to sum up each of the movies just by using these small statues is truly amazing, and its created something which is great fun to interact with and try to work out which films each of them represent.
So, we come back to my work. After completing and handing in all my work for the first semester of my second year (the work for which will be on my website soon), I moved on to a YCN competition brief for LEGO, which was to create a campaign that distinguishes LEGO from its competitors. This past week has been quite hectic for me as I also took part in a four day live brief to design a logo and pitch it for use by mothers organisation ‘Story of Mum’. Despite this, I managed to use the little free time I had, to settle on the concept of strength and inspiration for the LEGO project. I then used the below piece of work by street artist MEGX as inspiration and spent my Friday afternoon after the ‘Story of Mum’ pitch building bridges out of LEGO.
The point of this was to see whether my campaign could be an installation of an actual bridge in the environment made out of LEGO and whether it would support someones weight…
And it worked!! You know what, maybe I’ve missed my calling in life by choosing to become a graphic designer. Maybe I should become some sort of structural engineer or architect instead! 😉
So it’s finally here, my 100th post on this blog, which has conveniently fallen on the same day as it passed 5,000 views! Thanks to everyone who has viewed it since its creation and helped it to last this long!
To celebrate, I’ve got a much longer and quite exciting post today. First, given the recent events of the Presidential Election, I thought I’d show you this campaign video from Will Ferrell (comedian, actor, founder of Facebook), that encourages people to get out and vote for President Obama.
Those of you who, like me, are fans of both the fantastic TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ as well as great design will really enjoy this post. If you aren’t a fan of the show or the books it was adapted from, hopefully you’ll just appreciate this awesome set of logo designs.
When you work in a studio environment, you’re guaranteed to encounter and experience a great deal of different situations both good and bad. Ashwin Patel of Grid London has produced this great poster to highlight some of these possible scenarios, picking 42 of them and using some fantastic black and white illustrations as icons for each of them.
This was the last project I did in my first year at uni. Set the task of designing three typographical posters for a fictional horror film festival I created Fearstifal, a horror film festival in Falmouth, and came up with the idea of using a glow-in-the-dark hidden message on each of the posters.
The three posters were based on three different elements of films; film titles, quotes and directors. Each poster contained a list of items relating to its theme in a recurring style that was a very subtle link to reels of film.
Ok, so this may not be the most up to date post as this advert was created in late 2009, but I found it on helloyoucreatives.com this morning and had to blog about it.
- They’re often fantastic, creative and engaging adverts.
- This one had a quite interesting effect on the public.
To promote a new bottle and the grip it possessed they produced simple adverts showing the new bottle which were placed in bus shelters around Paris. The interesting difference between these adverts and conventional ones however, was that these adverts were made entirely from velcro to strengthen the grip concept.