Ralph Bakshi created some of the most visually interesting animated films of the 1970’s and 80’s, all of which received beautifully illustrated one-sheets to accompany them.
As the saying goes...imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. The more famous and well-known something is, the more likely it is it will be imitated, either consciously or unconsciously. Sometimes the connection is obvious and sometimes not so much. The connection between the Deadpool poster and the Norman Rockwell painting is clearly obvious. The connection between the Toys poster and Magritte's "Bowler Man" painting is not as obvious, but is still implied. Least obvious is the connection between the last two images, however the design of Paul Ballard's Star Wars print is very reminiscent of the style of painting Gustav Klimt used for his images.
Today is the Orioles home opener, so let's look at a history of the franchise's logos...beginning with its origin as the Milwaukee Brewers, through its years in St. Louis as the Browns, to many of the incarnations it has gone through since moving to Baltimore.
License plates are a great way for each state to promote itself. Many feature either the state motto, landmark, or some visual element that is easily associated with that particular state.
Occasionally the design for a poster has to be changed, even after the marketing material has been printed and shipped to theatres, resulting in the studios issuing a recall and informing theatres to stop displaying the images. There can be any number of reasons, sometimes it’s an internal creative change of direction and sometimes it’s due to external demands. Here are three of the more notable one-sheets that have been recalled over the years. Only months before Revenge of the Jedi was due to hit theaters, George Lucas decided to change the title of the film, resulting in a recall of the first one-sheet issued. In the case of Pulp Fiction, the studio did not get permission to use Lucky Strikes cigarettes or the cover of the book used in this first version of the one-sheet. This led to a quick recall. The studio simply photoshopped over the cigarette pack and book cover and re-issued the poster. This one-sheet for the first Spiderman movie features a bold design, with the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center reflecting in the lens of Spiderman’s mask. Unfortunately, the poster was issued less than a month before the events of September 11, 2001. The studio took the appropriate action of recalling the poster and issuing one with a different image.
Terry Gilliam has got a new film coming out - The Man who Killed Don Quixote. If there is one thing you can count on from him, it's that the poster design will be as unique and daring as the film.
Here are three awesome logo's from Maryland area business's. I love the simplicity in the approach used for each of these - a nice sans serif font, paired with a single graphic element that represents their product.
So apparently NASA produces a poster for each space mission. Many of them are parodies of existing movies, posters or film franchises and, just as the attached article says, they are "hilariously awkward." As bad as the majority of them are, there are a few that I actually like quite a bit and have included them here. If you want to check them all out, here is a link...
Sometimes all you need is a new perspective.
The U.S. Postal Service has a long history of issuing commemorative stamps. The subjects featured on the images encompass nearly everything or everyone you could think of - historical figures and events, animals, plant, music, sports and pop culture. While many sheets simple feature the stamps themselves, some also expand the presentation with artistic borders, or even allow the art of the stamps and borders to overlap. Here are a few of my favorite stamp sets from pop culture.
Large neon and light-up signs can make a powerful statement. Many are iconic and instantly identifiable with the neighborhood or city where they are located. While the industrial look and feel of the structure and design can be appreciated even during the day, it's when the sun sets and the signs come to life that shows just how impressive the designs are, especially those that can be seen from a distance.
It’s cold outside. I thought about choosing designs this week to help warm the spirit, instead here are some nice designs that go the icy route.
Drew Struzan apparently can not stay retired, which is just fine with me. Fandango has premiered the uncropped artwork for three new posters he has done for the "How to Train Your Dragon" trilogy. One for each film. No official word yet on how or when these will be available, but I am betting they will be mini posters sent to anyone who orders tickets for the new film thru Fandango. It's always a treat to get new art from Struzan and it's even nicer to see it without all of the logo and text in the way.
Every movie begins with an idea and filmmakers rely on concept artists to visualize those ideas. Some ideas don't make it past the concept stage and often the ones that do change quite a bit before making it into the film. This week I came across an nice article on ComicBookResources.com that showcases twenty pieces of concept art from the Aquaman movie. A few of my favorites are included here, click the link to see the rest...
Rian Hughes began his career as an illustrator and now has become one of the most successful and sought after graphic designers and font designers. He has worked for a wide range of publishers in the music, advertising and toy industries, as well as book and comic book publishing. It is in the world of comic books that he is possibly most well-known, as he has designed countless logos for nearly every comic book publisher.
This week we’re going back to the late 80’s/early 90’s, when we almost, sort of, got big screen versions of Captain America and the Fantastic Four. Captain America was the closest of the two to almost be released in theaters. This one-sheet was actually sent out to theaters, before the studio pulled the plug and released the movie straight to video. Fantastic Four was a different story. The movie was never intended to see the light of day. The studio made the movie solely so that their rights to the franchise would not expire. At the time, not even the cast or crew knew they were making a movie no one would see, though eventually bootleg video copies got out. Regardless, of the quality of the films themselves, we still got two really nice posters.
I love the geometric simplicity of Metro maps. Here are the Metro maps for Washington D.C., Delhi, and London. I've also included two very creative maps, though I don't know who designed them. In the first, the system of ancient Roman roads was reimagined as a Metro map and the last image shows a concept of what Earth could look like with all of its major cities connected by a Metro System.
One of the joys of the Fables comic book series, was that it consistently featured some of the best cover illustrations, month after month. Two of the issues during its award-winning run had Christmas themed stories - issue #56, with a cover by James Jean, spotlights Santa Claus on his yearly task of delivering presents, while issue #112, by Joao Ruas, depicts the ghosts of Christmas' past, present and future.
For Mary Poppins Returns, due out next week, Disney has issued this beautifully illustrated one-sheet. With a style reminiscent of Bob Peak, this feels like something that would gave been issued in the 1960’s, when the original film was released.
This week I'm looking at book design, specifically those from Chip Kidd. An author, editor and graphic designer, he is one of the most prolific book jacket designers of the last several decades, whose work has spanned every genre.