Thursday, March 17, 2011

I will make a movie poster now

So here I sit, St. Patrick's Day, 10PM.

I need to write a paper for one class by "business close" tomorrow, which means it needs to be done tonight, since I work until businesses will be closed tomorrow. Since I need to wake up at 5:30 I decided that I am a responsible adult and cannot drink too much since I need to be coherent for work tomorrow. As a true adult, I decided to drink as much beer as possible (while wearing my rebellious red shirt with a small green dot instead of a green shirt).

Too many beers later I now sit in front of my computer contemplating what to write this paper about.

The paper is a creative brief for a movie poster, the movie is of our choosing. After I decided to be responsible and come home from bar time, I wanted to look through the movies I owned and see what posters I could make out of the choices given. I glanced through my VAST book/movie shelf to find the only movies that I own were "Rocky" movies 1-5, and Rocky Balboa. So of the six movies I own, 100% of them are starring Sly Stallone in his masterpiece.

A movie starring sly did not offer much hope for a design inspired poster. I dug deeper, into the much despised lower shelf, my hand hit a bit of plastic.
"Is this a movie case?" was my first thought
"Is this the best poster project ever?" was my hopeful thought

It turns out DJ Hero's DJ Turntable feels slightly like a movie case when a person is desperate.

(not a dvd case)

So I screamed to my roommate, "WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE BESIDES ROCKY?"
He responds, "Um, I dunno, Rounders?"

So therein lies the story of how the greatest "Rounders" movie poster ever was made.

My next post will include design in some way, I promise.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Typography Poster

So after a conversation I had with my good friend Antonette, I decided to update my blog. A more realistic goal for me is about once a month, but I will continue to try updating this twice a week.

Since today was my Typography class I decided to add a little typography to my blog, infused with both infographic and poster elements. It's the perfect storm of design!

This huge poster shows a timetable of when some of the most popular fonts were invented and where they were created, LA and New York seem to dominate the USA scene, but I am hoping for UBalt to get on the map soon enough.

Here is a close-up, just in case you are too blind to read the above version of the poster.

Monday, January 31, 2011

New Book Covers - Kafka

So I decided that this blog should be a sustained presence.

Recently a New York based designer came out with a series of book covers to the series of Kafka books.

Kafka Book Covers

They are a bunch of cool, colorful images that show the purpose of each book through a well designed cover.

 The Eye image is used throughout the covers, and the color palette stays pretty similar, as well as the typeface.

It is an interesting idea, and with book covers being as design heavy as they currently are, it is nice to see something that stands out from the pack.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cool Package Design - Hooks

Over at The Die Line I found another cool product, this time we have hooks that were repackaged by Essem Design
Here we have a cool triangular product packaging and sleek design. They have small cutouts to denote the amount of hooks that are being purchased and come in two colors.

If anyone hasn't yet caught on, I like the packages with only two colors.


So I don't know who else is excited about the new Tron: Legacy movie coming out tomorrow, but here are some posters fount at OMG Posters!.

Completed by Alamo Drafthouse in association with Sideshow Collectibles, these posters are now for sale at the paltry sum of $40 at

The one on the left is for the original Tron movie, while the one on the right is from Tron: Legacy, interesting concept, and it is father and son next to each other.

Cool color choices, get there now and get one before they sell out.

Also, all music is done by Daft Punk. I don't know if that interests anyone else, but... Daft Punk!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Big Ten Reveals New Logo

With the addition of a 12th team to the Big Ten College Football Conference, the division decided to add a new design to the group.

Designed by Pentegram Designs, the "I" and "G" are incorporated to look like the number 10.  They decided to leave out the hidden number for the amount of teams as the old logo had.
The old logo worked in the number "11" to show the number of teams in the conference, but the new one decided to go in another direction.

Divided into two conferences, the "Leaders" which includes Ohio State, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Penn State, and Wisconsin. The "Legends" conference will include Michigan, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Northwestern.

I personally loved the look of the old logo and the way they incorporated the "11" into the design but the new one may have its benefits as well.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cool Packaging

So since we did the packaging project, I have become obsessed with The Die Line. It shows inventive ways people package products and interesting labels people use.

They recently posted a spaghetti packaging that is inventive and reminds me of our one classmates project.
There are six individual servings in this product, each in a triangular box, when combined they form these hexagonal products.

These were actually done by a college student, the project was to redesign the packaging for a hard to package object, the choices were spaghetti, marbles, a single rose, or custard powder.

This is an inventive and fun way to package spaghetti and hopefully it gets implemented so I don't have to deal with an entire box of spaghetti every time I want some.