Poster design is a true art form. Often the best posters will be bold, eye catching and visually intense, yet minimal and elegant at the same time. As with logo design, often a great poster will be great for what it omits, as well as what it features.
Really the effectiveness of a poster’s design depends upon it’s purpose. Whilst some posters require a basic typographic treatment, others may suit an elaborate visual design. When designing your own posters always try to bear in mind the poster’s audience, and what you are representing.
Often poster designs will need to be pixel perfect, and very carefully designed as they will be printed at very high resolutions. The smallest details will become more obvious in this medium, so it is important for the designer to take extra care in their process.
Today we have featured a wide range of poster designs, each demonstrating a different style, purpose and agenda. We were also lucky enough to speak with James White, and receive permission to feature his inspired poster designs.
The Poster Designs
James White’s Poster Designs
Whilst this post showcases a variety of artist’s and styles, with James White’s permission to feature his poster designs as part of this article, we had to load up on his works. As James is such an inspiration in the design community, and has become hugely successful, largely due to his unique poster designs, a mini-feature was not out of order.
Alejandro de Antonio’s Minimal Movie Poster Designs
Minimal posters are very trendy, and Alejandro de Antonio has produced an excellent set of minimal movie posters in this vein. He has an uncanny ability to capture the essence of a popular movie and represent it via a simplistic, but elegant illustration.
His designs showcase how strong the brand is behind the movies, as we instantly connect with the represented protagonists.
Grzegorz Domaradzki’s Vector Posters
Polish digital artist Grzegorz Domaradzki produces some awesome vector designs, including a large collection of vector movie poster designs. It’s really interesting to see how he adapts the original visuals of these films into totally original works of art. Each movie poster is super detailed, mixing complex drawings, lighting effects and typography.
Inspiring Poster Designs
Retro Vector Poster by Fabio Sasso
DAM Poster by Project GRAPHICS
Vintage Swissair Travel Poster by Colaja
Reservoir Dogs Minimal Movie Poster by Doaly
Rooney and the Minglers Gig Poster by Doaly
Addictive Stuidios Promo Poster by Addictive Studios
The Joker Typographic Poster by Doaly
Tokyo 2016 Poster by Andreas Leonidou
Poster Design Tutorials
If you’re looking to design your own poster then there are some great tutorials out there to walk you through the process step by step. The following tutorials cover a wide range of techniques and outcomes, which should give you a great foundation in digital poster design:
Minimal New Years Poster by Abduzeedo
Abstract Fan Poster by Constantin Potorac
Furious Pink Panther Poster by Alex Beltechi
Dark and Surreal Poster by Constantin Potorac
Poster with Handdrawn Elements by Alex Beltechi
What Do You Think?
I hope that you enjoyed this article. Did you have any favorite designs that stood out to you? Perhaps you know some epic poster designs that weren’t included? Let us know in the comments below.