Monthly Archives: January 2013

Design: Syphilis Posters from the ’40’s

Syphilis was a huge public health concern up until the late 1940’s when the cure – Penicillin, became readily available and easily administered. With thousands of infected WWII soldiers coming back from over seas it was time for a campaign to let them know they could be treated. So, the 1940’s equivilant of the internet was employed, as hundreds of different posters and ad campaigns were distributed throughout the country. The concepts were many, ‘Don’t let your unborn child get it’, ‘Don’t be ashamed’, ‘ Don’t sleep with dirty whores’ and ‘Get to a Dr. right now, before you’re a cripple’. All surprisingly straight forward for the 1940’s.

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AND THE CREEPIEST SYPHILIS POSTER IS …..

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Design: Sir Knight Mens Magazine

Just another of the many ‘girly’ magazines that started in the ’50’s after Hugh Hefner broke big with Playboy. Interesting covers though – always changing backgrounds and styles. They couldn’t quite settle on one look, the smiling Knight logo was always there, along with a lovely sort-of-naked woman, so what more do you really need.

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Design: Rockin Asia

I know nothing about these LPs, other than they all come from Asia – Crooning Japanese, Rocking Filipinos, Swinging Indians and Psychedelic Koreans. Granted, they sometimes look a bit silly, but the styles are all certainly influenced by American music and their album covers – bad 70’s Disco, early Rock-n-roll, punk, Sinatra, etc.

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A Strange Arrangement Pt. 2

It’s not a rare occurance for celebrities to run into other celebrities – they do tend to run in the same circles, but sometimes the combinations are just too odd to ignore. If only you could be a fly on the wall for these meetings.

Dave Grohl, RuPaul, Francis Bean and Kurt Cobain

Dave Grohl, RuPaul, Francis Bean and Kurt Cobain

Colonel Sanders and Alice Cooper

Colonel Sanders and Alice Cooper

RZA and Yoko Ono

RZA and Yoko Ono

Clint Eastwood and PJ Harvey

Clint Eastwood and PJ Harvey

Jack Nicholson and Groucho Marx

Jack Nicholson and Groucho Marx

Nancy Reagan and Mr. T.

Nancy Reagan and Mr. T.

Andy Warhol and The Clash

Andy Warhol and The Clash

Christopher Lee, Sammy Davis Jr. & Peter Cushing

Christopher Lee, Sammy Davis Jr. & Peter Cushing

Ella Fitzgerald & Marilyn Monroe

Ella Fitzgerald & Marilyn Monroe

Marlene Dietrich & Amelia Earhart

Marlene Dietrich & Amelia Earhart

Russell Brand & The Dali Lama

Russell Brand & The Dali Lama

Alice Cooper & Salvatore Dali

Alice Cooper & Salvatore Dali

Groucho Marx & Diana Ross

Groucho Marx & Diana Ross

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design: Best Movie Posters of 2012

Here are a few of the best (followed by a few of the worst).

Promethius

Promethius

A ‘Teaser’ for the IMAX version of Ridley Scott’s somewhat disappointing Promethius.

The Master

The Master

Another teaser. I didn’t see the movie (and don’t know anyone who did) so I don’t know what the signifacance of this is, but damn, it’s cool and odd and beautiful.

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises

The IMAX poster. This is from a series of high-contrast images all with interesting use of the bat logo – can you find it?

Hitchcock

Hitchcock

Another nicely designed teaser. Even though Anthony Hopkins really looks nothing like Hitchcock the poster is great.

Cabin in the Woods

Cabin in the Woods

Love this MC Esher style poster for one of the best horror movies in years.

We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Holy Cow! If you haven’t seen this movie you really should. It’s not a straight horror movie but it is horrific. The take on the ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ poster is very interesting and quite misleading. The use of an embryo and the type face both having horns and a devils tale could fail horribly – but here it works.

Haywire

Haywire

Nice to see the credits somewhere other than the bottom of the poster and the almost transparent quality of the image and colors give a unique effect.

Casa di mi Padre

Casa di mi Padre

I’m a sucker for this old damaged look. Meant to replicate old Mexican Novella posters this is great and it’s in 2D.

Sound of My Voice

Sound of My Voice

I don’t know anything about this movie other than the teasers fuckin great.

The Amazing Spiderman

The Amazing Spiderman

The rest of the artwork for this movie sucks so its nice to see this.

The Raven

The Raven

Not a great or even very good movie, but nice use of imagery and sloppy Ralph Steadman type.

Stoker

Stoker

Once again a ‘Coming Soon’ poster for a 2013 movie. I will see this movie just because of this very detailed and slightly eerie poster – and it’s directed by Park Chan-wok.

Nurse 3D

Nurse 3D

Yes, this is kind of a joke, but what a joke it is. Here’s the story; a photographer took a bunch of nude photos of Paz de la Huerta covered in blood. In one of these she was wearing high heals and a nurses cap. So… this became the first movie to be made from a still photograph. It really is a striking image. The second poster for this is a black and white photo of an adult man suckling a breast – taking the ‘Nurse’ theme in a different direction. Both for obvious reasons have been pulled from general release and are pretty hard to find. We’ll see what the final art looks like should this movie ever be released.

 

Design: 2012 – A Few Really Awful Movie Posters

I’m sure their are far worse posters from 2012 but these stuck out like sore thumbs. These are all major releases, though I’m sure most have gone or will go straight to video. A couple are ‘teaser’ poster for films coming out in 2013 – we’ll see what the final art work looks like soon enough.

The Babymakers

The Babymakers

This one has to be the worst posters of 2012 in my book. Awful 1980’s style off-kilter design with the absolute worst imagery and tag-line possible “The Jizz is Up”. I wouldn’t see this movie on a dare simply because of this truly creepy (not in a good way) poster.

Lay the Favorite

Lay the Favorite

It’s the same design as The Babymakers without the Jizz. And isn’t Vince Vaughn a bit more famous than that dude from ‘Fringe’?

Freeloaders

Freeloaders

From the “How many stars can you fit on one poster” style we have ‘Freeloaders’ from the same folks who brought us, once again, ‘The Babymakers’.

Think Like a Man

Think Like a Man

Oh I see, it’s about couples and crazy relationships. Might as well put everyones name on the poster, and while your at it, make it off-center and ‘quirky’.

A Good Day to Die Hard

A Good Day to Die Hard

This is the ‘Big-Head’ teaser from 2012 (movie comes out in 2013). The huge transparent type look is a bit tired and over used. And the tag-line? this might be a better poster if they would have replaced ‘Russia’ with ‘Fucker’, but then I guess we’d never see this poster at all.

Madea's Witness Protection

Madea’s Witness Protection

Another teaser for 2013 and another Big Fat Head. Poor, poor Eugene Levy.

This Must Be the Place

This Must Be the Place

The biggest, fattest head of them all – Sean Penn. Not specifically a bad design, Sean’s character, (based on The Cure’s Robert Smith) is just plain silly. He looks so forlorn and ridiculous it’s hard to take seriousely.

Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn Pt 2

It seems that posters fall into certain categories, Big Heads, The Whole Cast, etc. Here is part 1 of the badly photoshopped stars running straight at the camera.

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Part 2. This time w/ Nick Cage and his ever changing hair-line.

Union Square

Union Square

Photoshop is not that difficult!

Overnight

Overnight

Photoshop is not that difficult – really.

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages

Featuring the music of Def Leopard, Foreigner, Journey, Poison, REO Speedwagon & Twisted Sister. All that and Tom Cruise as Stacie Jaxx.

What to Expect

What to Expect

There are 15 people in this poster (not counting those In Utero).

Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook

This is the German poster but every poster looks almost exactly like this – a slightly mad and always smug Bradley Cooper and  blue eyed smirking Jennifer Lawrence. What’s the cut on his nose mean? Is this just another lousy romantic comedy? Apparently this is a much better film than the poster would suggest. I include it because it fails in every way in giving a clue whats going on.