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Simple Posters – Find Simplicity in Design

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.


I love that all the words are connected and that the lines don't "stop" but appear to keep going beyond the paper. Found originally here.


There are a lot of simple Inception posters out there, which is interesting as the idea is considered complex, but this is by far my favorite. The simple showing of three levels with the last falling apart. Simplicity at it's finest. Designed by Christopher Conner

simple poster design of rock music

Each designer was asked to represent a musical genre using one element and one typeface, this is my favorite of the bunch. From edits by edits, found here.

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World by Blake Jones

A great minimalist depiction of Scott Pilgrim vs the world by Blake Jones.


Design Quote Posters (Etsy)

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:

8x10 "Creative Life" Print
Wonderful, yes? But I keep looking for the inspiring poster that are everywhere on the web. I may be looking for creative inspiration, design inspiration, or something that will make me work as hard as I can on my project. Here are a couple of other ones  I’ve come across on Etsy:

Design - Quote Print Limited Edition 3/5
Good for those long nights when you wonder why you started designing in the first place.
MAGIC poster print
In addition I had to share this great print from The Heads of State. How wonderful is this:
Hegel quote poster
This last is my favorite for now. Hopefully I will have more to share sooner rather than later!

Inspired By Prints

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?)

Don't Forget To Be Awesome Inspirational 11x14 Print
If someone insists I must, I must.

Etty Hillesum Quote - Digital Color Print
Perfect for the days when you are so frustrated you might cry. (we’ve all been there)

This one doesn’t require any additional comment.
Acidfruit | Mohammad Awwad
Just for fun. I have yet to find this actual print, if anyone knows where I can get it or one like it PLEASE let me know. I would love to have it.

Iron and Wine

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:




Remixed Design

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.

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