As consumers, there are a lot of different products that companies want us to purchase or get into. When you’re in a position to make one choice amongst many products, there is a need for it to stick out; you need to be swayed. Companies do this through things like features and pricing; is it what you need? or is it in your budget? Many times, all the features and prices can be relatively similar, so what do people turn to? The design.
Design is important not just because it can make what you’re selling look better, but often times because it gives us a sneak peek into what’s in store. The purchase of an album or a movie ticket is no different. If you’re looking for a good movie or album, you’re often taking a look at the related artwork.
Though an unfortunate truth about movie and television artwork, as well as album artwork, is sometimes it can be a bit over done. Most times, it’s your first impression, so typically production companies want to cram in as much as possible–or either they’re completely off. Either way, after you listen or you watch you have an idea of what you just consumed; it’s either the same or very different.
What would happen if you just stripped down movie posters and album artwork to what it really is or could be? What if one decided to pick one thing to single out and used that as the artwork? Well, fortunately we don’t have to ask as many designers have done so. Below are some of our favorite minimalist movie posters and album artwork; some are clever, and some are just the essentials.
For added fun, as you scroll, stop at the title of the work and try to imagine what you would use as the design then scroll to the picture and see what you get. It’s very fun to see how people strip down different things.
True Blood by Albert Exergian
Batman by RCrosby93
The Simpsons by Albert Exergian
The Help by Nelos
Radiohead’s “The Bends” by Danix54
Sex and the City by Albert Exergian
Slumdog Millionaire by ThreeProngs
Superman by Haden Yale
Roger Water’s “Amused to Death” by Abrickinthewall
Titanic by Pedro Vidotto
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Ahrima13
Alice in Wonderland by Rowan Stocks-Moore
The Avengers by William Henry
From Dusk Till Dawn by Grilherme Grecu
Fight Club by Pedro Vidotto
Juno by Theckboom
Forrest Gump by Pedro Vidotto
Hangover by Cameron X. Coleman
Home Alone by Backstothewall
Jay-Z’s “Blueprint 3” by Minimal Album Artwork
Kill Bill Vol. 1 by Ibraheem Youssef
Captain America by Marko Manev
Pulp Fiction by by Ibraheem Youssef
The Shawshank Redemption by Nick Tassone
Shutter Island by Kenzo Giunto
The Social Network by Kairon Sarri
Coldplay’s “Fix You (Single)” by Ty Lattau
REM’s “In Time: The Best of R.E.M., 1988-2003” by Mr. Brocklehurst
Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” by Ty Lattau
The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” by Abrickinthewall
Nirvana’s “Nevermind” by Ty Lattau
AC/DC’s “Back in Black” by Ty Lattau
System of a Down’s “Mesmerize” by Chris Siegle
Wall-E by Tom Cross
Wolverine by Marko Manev
Did you play along when scrolling? Pick three titles from above and let us know what you would have designed in our comments. Everyone has different ideas, so share yours!
Kendra Gaines is a young freelance designer for Norfolk, VA. Visit her online portfolio at www.TheGainesCollective.com and follow her on twitter @TheGainesColl.