So I was re-reading some of my older posts and realised that I haven’t put up one of my most fun projects! My minimalist Movie Poster series! As you might have read from previous posts; I love Movie Posters, Especially boutique posters. There is just something special to me about posters, maybe its the combination blending two things I love, movies and art. Ever since I have been interested in taking Graphic Design past just a hobby, Movie Posters always have seemed to make an appearance on my screen, and ever since seeing the art collective Mondo, my interest in Posters has sky-rocketed. Following such amazing artists as Ken Taylor, Martin Ansin, Saul Bass, Kevin Tong, Phantom City Creative, James White (AKA Signalnoise) and many more has given me an outlook on this industry and it has also given me direction. I finally found a project at University that I was able to use this desire, but it came from an unusual brief for which I will explain.
The brief at the time was a ‘Sustainability’ Project in which we as the student/designer had to find something that we could sustain for 6 weeks. It could have been anything like Healthy Eating, Exercise, Drawing etc, but I went in a decidedly different direction. I decided to put the restriction on myself to create a Movie Poster a week for 6 weeks, using a minimalist style (representative of such artists as Olly Moss and Saul Bass) and the self-imposed restriction of 2-3 colours. The idea was to test Motivation, Inspiration, Creativity under Pressure, Conceptual driven artwork and Thematic Exploration and relevance.
In the beginning of the project I had no trouble with the posters, maybe it was because I already had an idea coming out of the gates but as the project reached its midpoint I already started to feel creatively drained. It was tough, trying to come up with smart concepts for every poster, then executing them, then repeating that process every week was a tough task I set for myself! But nevertheless I persevered and managed to finish them all on deadline and I have to say I am fairly pleased with all of them.
They all turned out decent enough and it does inspire me to keep creating, however I dont want people to think that I have purposefully ripped off Olly Moss. Olly Moss is a master in his creations, he has a very distinct style that only he creates, people try to rip from him but everybody who know’s Olly’s work would know the flaws. My posters, while I was inspired by Olly and Bass, I wasn’t purposefully trying to rip from them. The reason I went for a minimalist style is because this style requires a smart concept in order for it to really work, this is what I was trying to test out, whether or not I would be able to generate smart concepts in a very restricted time limit.
So without further or due, here are my series of Minimalist posters (In order of Creation week)
Enjoy and Thank You!