Sometimes posters – for movies, events, or anything really – are just too cluttered. And I often feel like there is some abuse of photography. Too many poster designs hanging up just throw up a picture and call it good. Movie posters in particular do this. It obviously works considering the amount of posters that are bought, but I wouldn’t call it great design. Great design should capture the essence of its subject by using only what is necessary. Great design, is simple. I’m happy to see a recent trend among designers leaning toward simplicity in design, particularly movie posters. (Apparently I’m not the only one who doesn’t like the current movie poster designs). I’ve collected a few simple poster designs below, movies are the prevailing genre that use posters, but I’ve included a other examples as well.
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I still spend a lot of time searching for really great prints about being creative, and often specifically about design. For Christmas I received this wonderful print from etsy about creativity:
I am constantly finding new and fabulous prints that I want to hang everywhere, especially around my computer where I tend to do most of my creative work. Since I find them so inspiring I thought I’d share a few and perhaps inspire some of you (did you catch the rhyme?)
One of my favorite bands to listen to when I’m working on writing or design work. Coincidentally they have artists (usually from the city where they are having their concert) make amazing posters for their shows. I wanted to share a great song of theirs and a few of their awesome concert posters. Scroll to the bottom and you can listen to the song while you look through the poster designs.
This is my personal favorite poster of the bunch and it was designed by Dan Stiles in Portland.
This one is probably my second favorite and was created by Jeff Kleinsmith in Seattle.
This one was done by Dan Grzeca for their US tour:
And here is one of their amazing songs:
I’ll be completely honest: I judge books by their cover. If I’m browsing random books in the library or bookstore the cover is a deciding factor for whether or not I will pick up the book and see if I’m interested (as is the title but for now let’s focus on the cover). And let’s face it, some book covers are just godawful. Especially the covers for classics as they are usually extremely basic or haven’t been updated in a long while.
Katie Cromwell and Jensen Carp at Gallery 1988 are selling (for a limited time) some prints of remixed book covers that do the real covers to shame. They call the prints Required Reading: posters inspired by classic novels. A few of my favorites are:
I love how the “A” is tilted in a way to create the blank space for the title and how the authors name is within the bottom half of the “A”. The whole cover is very visually pleasing (no small feat when dealing with red..in my opinion)
I don’t know how it’s possible, but this print actually makes something so very dull look so very interesting. Ah the magic of design. I would almost describe this design as cute; it’s as though this would be the cover for a kids version of The Origin of Species.
This print is somewhat old meets new, which I appreciate. I super love the position of the title and the teal color used. I could do without Alice being completely white and grey, but still a very interesting design for one of my favorite books.
A classic horror story put on a distinctively modern ‘cover’. That just has to be appreciated.
I love Albert Camus’ The Stranger, and yet no one can seem to make a cover that adequately suits the book. Perhaps that is because it is a work of absurdism, but still…this print isn’t my favorite for the book either, but I so love The Stranger that I had to include it.