To celebrate another Oscar ceremony we would like to share with you a series of posters that we designed for a pre-ceremony movie viewing party. The party is held in an old movie theater that each year gets decorated with thematic posters for one evening of Oscar-related fun.
We chose to combine illustrations from famous movie posters with a few statistics about the award ceremony. We had to scratch our heads a little to come up with enough recognizable posters for movies that got at least a nomination (it surprised us, actually, that it wasn’t so easy) but in the end managed to gather a nice collection. Then we drew geometricized versions of Clark Gable, Uma Thurman and company (and had a lot of fun doing that).
(The original poster titles are at the bottom of the post, if you want to try to guess them on your own first.)
A series of posters with statistics:
The original posters in the theater.
You probably figured it out on your own, but the movies whose posters inspired us are the following: Pulp Fiction, Gone with the Wind, Cabaret, Singin’ in the Rain, High Noon, Forrest Gump, Dirty Dancing, Braveheart, The Graduate, Pretty Woman.
The project was made for Podpunkt studio.
This year we didn’t do as many calendars as some years but here’s one we did design (well, at least the cover). It is for a company that specializes in special print effects, such as varnishes, hot stamping etc. and the calendar had to reflect that. When you need to show a few special effects, it’s best not to add an overwhelming design to it. We opted for a simple, classic ornament in a limited color palette: blacks, white and silver with the company’s brand orange.
The calendar comes in a simple envelope of thick paper, which repeats the pattern but without the refining printing techniques. The cover itself, however, has all the frills you could hope for (or, well, some of them). It’s printed on a metalized silver paper, which poses certain challenges in print preparation: you need to print white onto it and black will look different, depending on whether it’s on white or directly on silver (we made use of this, as the pattern uses two blacks). Some elements are left silver. Finally, the whole things is covered with satin coating and the dot elements are spot-coated so that they become raised to touch: the tactile effect is actually quite nice but you have to trust us on that.
Well, call us old-fashioned but designing for print, especially when you can raise the budget with all the special effects, does have a very special appeal for us.
The Submariner Compendium is a project we did for sPro from Berlin. It is a result of international studies of the sustainable use of the resources of the Baltic Sea sponsored by the EU. The publication is directed at European politicians who should be encouraged to promote such solutions for the future of the sea.
The studies were conducted by institutions from many EU countries, including Germany, Scandinavian countries and Poland. The Compendium is divided into chapters, each devoted to one kind of resource, such as mussels, microalgae, sustainable fish farming, blue biotechnology and others. The publication needed to be accessible but also well-organized and present the huge amount of data in an orderly way.
We decided to introduce color coding: each chapter has its lead color and the colors are arranged in a spectrum, which can be seen in the contents page. Additionally, the whole book uses a shade of cyan that is both vivid and sea-related. Also, each resource has an icon that is used for the infographics in the book.
Infographic illustrations were a very important element of the layout and required designing many icons, which, of course, was quite fun for us (especially if they involved animals). The book also required designing maps and graphs – the illustrative material was quite massive. To keep everything clean we used a two-column layout for the text with one-column narrower space for larger illustrations.
The cover also uses the symbols for the resources arranged in a wheel. The extra thrill came from using varnish to add a small wave ornament onto the cover that is only well visible from certain angles.
This was a huge and quite an ambitious project but it definitely gave us a lot of satisfaction to see it completed.
As you may or may not have gleaned we at re:design are huge dog lovers. As we’re not alone in that sentiment and pop culture is full of beloved dogs, our today’s poster honors them in retro 8-bit aesthetics. Can you guess which dogs made it to the poster? Well, if you can’t they’re signed in the bottom of the poster (name, source and breed).
A few close-ups (signed below):
Enlarged dogs above as follows: 04 Pluto (Disney), 07 Dogmatix (The Adventures of Asterix), 08 Beethoven (Beethoven), 12 Scooby-Doo (Scooby-Doo), 14 Dino (The Flinstones), 24 Huckleberry Hound (The Huckleberry Hound Show). The opening image is, of course, Krypto from Superman.
If you happen to like the poster, you may own it, either from Society6 (where we’re now starting) or The Bazaar. All proceeds will probably go to supporting independent font designers when we buy their fonts so, you know, a good deed there.
And this is the full list of the dogs: 01 name: Krypto / known from: Superman / breed: Kryptonian Terrier 02 Grey Wind | Ghost | Nymeria | Shaggydog | Summer | Lady / A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) / Direwolf 03 Brian / Family Guy / undetermined 04 Pluto / Disney / Bloodhound 05 Gromit / Wallace and Gromit / Beagle 06 Fluffy / Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone / Cerberus 07 Dogmatix (Idéfix) / The Adventures of Asterix / Gallic Westie 08 Beethoven / Beethoven / St. Bernard’s Dog 09 Snowy / The Adventures of Tintin / Wire Fox Terrier 10 Astro / The Jetsons / Great Dane 11 Droopy / Droopy, Master Detective / Basset Hound 12 Scooby-Doo / Scooby-Doo / Great Dane 13 Scrappy-Doo / Scooby-Doo / Great Dane 14 Dino / The Flinstones / Snorkasaurus 15 Bolt / Bolt / White German Shephard 16 Lassie / Lassie / Rough Collie 17 Odie / Garfield / Beagle 18 The Hound of the Baskervilles / The Hound of the Baskervilles / Hound
19 Sparky / Frankenweenie / Bull Terrier 20 Toto / The Wizard of Oz / Cairn Terrier 21 Snoopy / Peanuts / Beagle 22 The Little Dog | The Big Dog / 2 Stupid Dogs / Dachshund | Old English Sheepdog 23 Lady | Tramp / Lady and the Tramp / Cocker Spaniel | mutt 24 Huckleberry Hound / The Huckleberry Hound Show / Coonhound 25 Dogbert / Dilbert / Beagle 26 Santa’s Little Helper / The Simpsons / Greyhound 27 Jake the Dog / Adventure Time / Pug 28 Lucky, let’s say / 101 Dalmatians / Dalmatian 29 Milo / The Mask / Jack Russell Terrier 30 Rover / Windows XP / Digital Retriever
Just like planned, except a little later, we get to present you our wedding invitations. This was an extremely challenging subject to design, not because wedding invitations are difficult (they are not) but because we expected so much from ourselves and also we had to come to a consensus between our two ideas.
And yes, we did fight a little over the concept. Very little.
The first thing we agreed upon was the shape and the method of folding, simple yet apparently surprising (so much so that more than one person seemed puzzled to refold it after opening). The second thing was offset printing that we wanted: it’s in two Pantone metallic colors, copper and warm silver, printed on one side of the paper (Munken Pure) and folded. That was all done in a printing company but the difficult part, cutting out the triangles to make the ribbon shape, we did by hand. (Okay, it wasn’t that difficult, just time-consuming.)
We printed the inside information at home because it had to be unique for each invitation. As for the ornament, a closed invitation shows just a pattern of abstract round shapes with only two copper hearts. As it is opened the shapes are replaced by more hearts, with pigeons and our initials thrown in for a good measure.
At the back we repeated the initials, together with the most fun part of the design: couples of various animals. We designed most of them especially for the invitation but those of you who drop in here often will recognize a bit of design recycling, too. We later reused the animals for other wedding materials, such as menus. We packed the invitations into metallic copper envelopes that we bought on the internet and were lucky because they matched the print perfectly.
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After a short break we return to Project Doolittle, with a quick little design because design-mostly-unrelated personal matters take a lot of our time this month.
We did it with carrots and now we’re doing it with bananas – by it, we mean food letters, of course. For the record, carrots were way easier to work with, especially that bananas in this weather are most unappetizing. Then again, we didn’t mean to eat them at all. We are quite pleased with the peel initial and wouldn’t mind trying the whole lettering with it but then we’d be stuck with a pile of bananas we wouldn’t know what to do with and we hate being wasteful with our designs.
And yes, of course you can’t work with bananas without thinking of Sagmeister so we hereby honor his work (while wishing we had his financing).
The weather is lovely and sitting at the computer feels like a crime so we won’t offer much commentary on today’s Project Doolittle “Dead.” Because it’s this time of the year when we visit the forest regularly for walks we used branches as a new material, also to make the title a little less obvious.
Just two important remarks. One: we only used branches that were already broken so it is eco-friendly, should you care. Two: the lettering uses some tape but no Photoshop shape distortions. We built the actual letters manually (and mostly we just found appropriately shaped twigs).
And here’s what the setup looked like so you know we really do build these things (and that we’re messy):
Edit. We are thankful for being freshly pressed and, particularly, for all the likes and comments!