Good Design Thursday - Entry #4

This week was the first day of Spring, but you wouldn't know it, because apparently Snow Miser just could let go and had had to give us one last (I hope) blast of winter. So let's look at the posters for some wintery themed movies, but where things just didn't quite go as planned for those involved. First we have the one-sheet for "The Thing" from 1982, illustrated by Drew Struzan. According to Struzan, he was contacted by the studio at the last minute to create a poster, with the catch being he only had one day to complete it. He stayed up all night working on it and the result was this incredibly striking and haunting image that lets the viewer's imagination take over. Next is the advance one-sheet for "Misery" from 1990. Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, this design takes the simple route as well. The main character is a writer, so what we get here is a crumpled piece of paper with the word "misery" typed over and over and over. The different shades of blue and white of the underlying text along with the shapes created by the crumpling of the paper evokes images of a mountain in a snowstorm. The main text in red along with word "Misery" itself gets the point across that nothing good is going to happen. This poster also illustrates just how effective of a design element typography can be all on its own. Last is a one-sheet for "Fargo" from 1996. A movie about a con-game gone wrong and double-crosses leading to some characters meeting untimely ends, it gave us this wickedly humorous design of a murder scene done as a cross-stitch pattern. Inventive and original, it fits perfectly with a story full of small-town, ordinary and somewhat folksy characters.