It's a match for the ages. Accessibility to powerful digital creative tools, exposure to amazing design inspiration, and a generation raised on pop culture have produced the inevitable - thoughtful, and better designed posters for beloved contemporary films thataren't intended to sell tickets, but honor the film and be beautiful as original works of art.
Hundreds of books have been written about each subject in Milan-based design agency H-57's minimalist pictogram posters, but there's something equally striking about how the vintage graphic imagery can convey the lives of characters as diverse as Marie Antoinette to Jesus to Michael Jackson.
When I launched ManMade a year and a half ago (today's the eighteen-month anniversary!), I wanted to have something to give to the online handmade community to say, "Hi."
So, I whipped up this poster (in three colors! Yahoo!), and it's yours if you'd like it. Hang it in your office, your workspace, your home, on a telephone pole, wheat paste it onto a mailbox....whatever you please.
There's certainly a canon of beloved [Western] children's stories: those fairy tales, fables, and books that our parents knew, we loved, and are still ripe to pass along to the next generation. My niece and nephew know all about the Wizards of Waverly Place, but they still know what the Tin Man and the Scarecrow each wanted, or what Jack traded in for those crazy beans.
Chicago-based artist and designer Christian Jackson pays homage to that great history by creating, "hyper-minimalistic posters of the children's stories we grew up knowing and loving."
Canadian graphic designer and artist Emma Butler created her Movie Parts poster series as a response to reductive representation of pop culture pieces craze. She says, "This poster series was inspired as an alternative to the ever-popular "minimalist movie poster" trend currently floating about on the web. On the opposite end of the spectrum, these posters are made up of all the memorable parts, pieces & props that feature in some of my favourite movies."
Did you know there are no less than four superheroes with the ability to "stretch and elongate body?" Or that there's at least two heroes with "Shazam!-based" powers, or a dude that can shoot glue all over his enemies?!
You would, of course, if you took a look at "The Illustrious Omnibus of Super Powers," a new infochart from PopChartLabs.
Yes, Marty McFly staring at his watch surrounded by flaming tire tracks and the DeLorean was awesome...in the 80s.
But, it's 2011, and while the film still hits the spot as well as it ever did, I'm always a fan of a contemporary makeover. Especially when it's this Saul Bass-alike:
British designer Patrick Smith was doing some research into different emotional and mental disorders, and set about the task of conveying them in a graphic, minimalist style. He says,
"My aim was to start a dialogue in the digitally savvy community and hopefully raise awareness by spreading the posters. As a long term goal I wanted to involve a mental health charity."
The results are a engaging and beautiful take on trying to capture emotions visually, and with just a few geometric shapes.
There are plenty of rock and roll haircut silhouettes that most would be able to identify: Aladdin Sane-era Bowie, the thirty-year bowlcut of Johnny Ramone, the octopus braids of Coolio. But, the latest offering of Pop Chart Labs invites you to go a bit deeper...
I dunno what it is...but I'll never get sick of these.
I guess I really like the idea of artwork that pulls double duty - adds color and style to your home, and teaches you something in the process. I don't often sit down with the world's best cocktail book and memorize recipes, but I would totally stop by while cleaning or running through my house and note, "So that's what's in an icepick." (Vodka and ice tea, garnish with lemon.)
A few months ago [while hanging paper snowflakes all over my living and dining room as I recall], I watched the film Beer Wars on Netflix (it's still there, streaming). As a film, it's merely just another brick in the wall of essay/documentarys that explain why corporations are bad for independent businesses and artists, but it reminded me of what we've all learned: there's lots of good beer out there, and it can be hard to find.
"Three companies—Coors, Miller, and Anheuser-Busch—account for an astonishing 78 percent of the United States market, with 70 percent of beer wholesalersonly selling Anheuser-Busch products. As Jim Koch of the Boston Beer Company (makers of Sam Adams) said in the movie, "It's as if all we know about food, we learned from McDonald's!"
In prep for the Super Bowl, the Houston Chronicle got into the "states represented by ____" craze with this chart, a rather crude map with cutout photos and a poor gradient backdrop showcasing beers by states. Thankfully, the good folks at Good.is got a hold of the idea, and created a chart worth referencing.
Normally, I'm a Valentizer Scrooge, but this year, I've been thinking a bit differently. I dunno, I guess I just figure there's never a bad time to tell someone you care.
Of course, I'll still never do roses and chocolates, but after whipping up my own Valentine's Day "card" that belongs on the wall, not in an envelope, I started paying attention to other thoughtful/not cheesy options.
Do you know the difference between a chinoise and spider? Do you know when to use a mezzaluna or a melon baller? Can you name at least 50% of the tools in your own kitchen drawers at this very minute? Do you want to use the word "splendiferous" as often as possible?
This ManMade guest post was written by K. Faith Morgan
Finding art for your home can be tough task: you can go the dorm room approach and frame a poster, take the generic route and settle for the weird Tuscan-paintings from the housewares store, or invest in an original piece, which can be costly.
But check out these options, which each take something tiny and blow them up to featured proportions:
Blueprint (Desire to Inspire)
Playing Cards (Blueprint Magazine)
Envelope (Southern Living Magazine)
You likes? Cool, let's make our own.
Materials and Tools
- Source material
- large vintage frame
From the looks of it, zombies are at the height of their fame - mainstream films, television shows, books, and most importantly, the fact that "Brains..." is now a oft-cited mainstay in our popular parlance.
"With these posters from Hollywood is Dead, the trend has spread to some of our all-time favorite films. The re-imagined movie posters pull a Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on classic movies like Back to the Future, E.T. and Star Wars. Each poster comes with a frightening design of the original image and new more appropriate tag lines. And for your holiday gift giving what kid wouldn’t love a poster of the age old classic – The Lethal Mermaid."