Design Trends of Movie Posters 2010

December 3rd, 2010

An eye-catching and original poster is very important for any major success of a movie. You will most probably agree that it is a pretty hard task to embody the plot in one single poster. Of course you can use such powerful tools like typography, colors and protagonist faces but still you have to know the secret formula for mixing all these things the right way.
Nowadays there are many talented artists that create real masterpieces for the filmmaking industry. Modern technologies provide a huge variety of superb tools and impressive effects thought it is not that easy to find really unique works. Today we will talk about some common features that are typical for movie posters created in 2010. It was a real challenge to mark out some features that would be typical for more than 2-3 movies, so you might have your own opinion and we would be more than glad to hear it!

Typography Mixed with Characters’ Faces

One of the best techniques that are used this year – just take a look at “Salt” and “Red” posters. As you can see, a great combination of eye-catching typography with actors’ faces is a very successful method that attracts well along with a fresh and remarkable solution.



From Paris With LoveFrom Paris With Love

Client 9client 9

National symbols

It was strange to find that there are only a few posters that have been created which feature national flags. Here we’ve found five movies that provide original posters with mostly American “stars & stripes” and plus one point for our friends from the Netherlands (The Tillman Story).


I Want Your MoneyI want your money

The Tillman StoryThe Tillman Story

Zombies of Mass DestructionZombies of Mass Destruction

Ghetto Physics
Ghetto Physics

White Clean Style

Looks like this design trend has slightly migrated from web design to the filming industry because we ignore the fact of popularity of white clean websites. Of course this trend is not that new – we can see many similar works that were published in the last decade, but 2009 still doesn’t have that many white and clean posters compared to 2010.


All Good Things
All good things

Black Swan
Black Swan

For Colored GirlsFor Colored Girls


Deep Blue colors

Another trend connected with colors is represented by the deeply blue posters. Few of these have obvious reasons to be blue (sky and water are blue) but the others actually could have any other color scheme. Though we must admit that the blue color scheme has also been very successful.

The Last AirbenderThe Last Airbender




Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoolelegend of the guardians the owls of gahoole


Old School Style

Well, vintage will always be fancy and cool because you know it’s vintage! A year by year we can observe many wonderful movie posters performed with excellent retro techniques that make our hearts and souls remember something that was long time ago and say “those were the days!” We will probably have more and more vintage posters every year and have a great number of posters worth to be featured under the Retro trend.

Night Catches UsNight Catches Us


Thunder Soul
Thunder Soul


Happy Tears
Happy Tears


The last category is the most popular this year because (according to our research) there are so many posters with collages that it was hard to pick up the five best. This is great technique because it allows presenting a huge number of actors into one poster and illustrating the most interesting scenes of the forthcoming film.


Helena from WeddingHelena from Wedding

High Life
High Life

Kids Are All Rightkids are all right

Mother and Childmother and child

These were the design trends that we have traced in the best movie posters of 2010 – Please let us know in case we have missed a good one and which 2010 movie is worth watching!

Bhanu Ahluwalia is a graduate in Computer Science and a social media enthusiast from India. He specializes in web design by qualification and photography by passion. He is an avid blogger, running TutZone and co-authoring DesignUnder and SloDive. You can reach him via Twitter.

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24 comments for „Design Trends of Movie Posters 2010
  1. Luis Lopez on December 3rd, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Excellent article, some of those are really impressive.
    Not so much tuime ago we made a collection with movie posters and our idea is that one commun practice on it is faces close ups…

  2. Uzair on December 3rd, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Loved the ‘Stone’ poster. Looking forward to watching it ;)

  3. Vivek Parmar on December 3rd, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    really a great collection. looking forward to watch some of them especially action ones

  4. Joe Power on December 3rd, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Great posters! Thanks, they’ve given me some ideas to try out already. One question however, how does this sentence “It was strange to find that there are only a few posters that have been created which feature national flags” qualify the subsequent posters as a trend? Was there a poster that you just wanted to include to you searched out similar ones?

    Minor quibble, I guess, but the post should have been about trends.

  5. Idiot Theory on December 3rd, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Really cool posters, Kick Ass poster is awesome

  6. Prakash on December 4th, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Excellent posters with the well & impressive designs. I love all of it & inspired with them. Especially the posters like DayBreakers, HereAfter & Stone where i really impressed with. Keep on doing this great job. Congrats.

  7. diseño web guadalajara on December 4th, 2010 at 6:07 am

    I have seen all the posters of movie.I am a great fan of movie posters as well. One things that goes quiet unnoticed with the design of my gallery Footerama is the subtle noir poster look of the site.An eye-catching and original poster is very important for any major success of a movie.

  8. Outdoor BBQ Grills on December 4th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Kick ass posters. I loved Oceans poster the most

  9. phong on December 4th, 2010 at 8:55 am
  10. Scott on December 4th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Great collection, the Kick-Ass poster looks great. I like Red and the Runaways too.

  11. vector on December 4th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Great! I like most The Runaways poster

  12. Sam M on December 5th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I must say WOW. Nice post. I like STONE.

  13. Edgar Leijs on December 6th, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Nice collection. Looking forward to some movies in this list!

  14. MIMA MEDIEN on December 6th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Very nice article. Thanks!

  15. Victor on December 6th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I like The Babies,These Babies looks so cute and funny!

  16. Hermitbiker on December 7th, 2010 at 3:21 am

    …. a great collection of design trends of movie posters of the year 2010 !! Thanks to Brukhar for sharing this article at “Noupe Design Blog”…. you really should check this blog out…. much to be seen there !!

  17. Joshua Web on December 7th, 2010 at 7:03 am

    I really love all these posters, especially the move towards the clean style. Im still a sucker for the blue posters as well. Great inspirational collection

  18. XHTMLTEAM on December 8th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Awesome collection! I like STONE.

  19. Curtis Scott on December 13th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Great collection! I liked Zombies of Mass Distruction!

  20. matthew on December 15th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    The American is the best poster of 2010.

  21. Cgbaran on December 25th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I like runaways the most

  22. Prakash on December 31st, 2010 at 3:10 am

    Nice blog for the inspiration on design trends of movie posters. I love all the posters & inspired of its extreme designs. Some here are most favorites of mine like Salt, Stone, From Paris with Love & Hereafter etc.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this post, Keep up the the great blog postings ever like this.

  23. milos on November 28th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    really a great collection.

  24. Oglasi za pse on October 31st, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Cool. “Mother and child” is the best.