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.
Our Christmas reindeer make a reappearance this week in time for Valentine’s Day to wish you the best day whether you’re sharing it with someone special, someone random or whether you’re just having a special date with yourself.
We got lovely post this week: an author copy of UC.Quarterly, a publication by Under Consideration. To our joy, Dog Days poster appeared on Quipsologies a while ago and then made it to the publication which “features 48 of the most interesting, relevant, and simply fun-to-see projects from across our blogs” (their words, not ours).
The magazine has a pretty charming zine quality, with newspaper-thin paper and rubber binding (except, of course, it’s better designed than most zines) and our poster looks like this:
Here are a few more images, more at the link above, should you be interested.
And here is our third illustration of the Day in Life series, with yet another Victorian character as the hero.
A Day in Life series continues today with its second installment. (Here‘s the first one.)
A while ago we were asked to do something for a magazine and had a free choice of what exactly that something would be. We did a series of three illustrations, playing with famous characters.
We’re showing this one first to celebrate the return of the British show Sherlock (we spent a good part of Christmas time watching the first two seasons).
With Christmas sadly behind us (but the spirit of Christmas joy, and laziness, still lingering) today we’re sharing a few documentary photos from the process of making our Christmas card this year.
The card started as a geometric grid in Illustrator, printed out and patiently cut out by (my) hand with a vast selection of tools you can see in the .gif below (let it load). Then we folded the figures and glued elements that needed gluing.
Then came the always-joyful stage of setting the scene, which in all its documentary glory looked something like this:
And yes, Ikea bits and pieces are ever so useful for our creative purposes.
Finally, after some mysterious Photoshoppery the end was reached for all to enjoy: