Research Methods: Poster Design

From the successful turnout of my first four designs, i was more than confident with my the way i was working. So with this in mind i approached the final 3 designs like the others and tried to capture them all in a simple way that would get the audiences attention.

Here are my final three designs for Judge Dredd, The Karate Kid and Highlander;



With the posters now finished, i was happy that they had turned out so well. Although each poster took up a lot of time and effort, the end result was more than worth it. The next step is to start working on how these posters will effect people through social media. I plan on making visuals to show through my rationale of how this will  work.


Quotes: a visual take on the words of others

After a few weeks of planning and organising the layout and structure of my poster design, my quote posters were signed and numbered ready for the exhibition night. I had 9 copies printed for a limited time only and no more would be printed or sold ever again. The overall process had been very successful and i was looking forward to seeing the turnout on the night and see everyone else’s work.



Research Methods: Poster Design

With the turnout on my batman design, i continued making this simple style with my other posters. the next designs i started working on each had a different style so it required a lot more work involved creating them from scratch and making them look simplistic.




Since my designs were going well and i was receiving good feedback from friends and students, i was confident to carry on with my work and begin the next 3 designs.

Quotes: a visual take on the words of others

With the quote picked for my film The Shawshank Redemption. I started working on the design of my poster.

As i mentioned in an earlier post, i wanted to make the design look like a setting from the film. So with this in mind it was logical to make the setting a prison cell.

So with the development of this design i wanted to make a challenge for myself and test my skills as a designer.  I started by making this poster completely from scratch, i used numerous lighting effects to and gradients to make the scene look as realistic as possible. the most difficult task was creating light shining through bars and it did take some effort and editing around to make it look perfect.

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The next part was to start working with adding in the quote. Like in the film i wanted to make the text carved into the wall. I wanted it to stand out and look realistic. After much tweaking and finding the right typeface, it was starting to look the part. Once the text was added, i thought that i needed something extra, some element that was also in the film. With that in mind i thought it would be best to add the crow ‘jake’ into the design since the crow plays a part of the film.












With the design finished, all that was left to do was to print the designs off, number and sign them ready for the exhibition.



Research Methods: Poster Design

After a few weeks of planning out my ideas for the posters, i had finally finished my first design. Since i wanted to make them as simple as possible it was a difficult challenge. However i think this design is working well and im looking forward to continuing with the other designs.


Research Methods: Poster Design

As i mentioned i wanted to work on specific scenes from the selected movies. So i started working on illustrations to make them stand out well.

This process did take a while to get perfect since i wanted them to be spot on in linking to the films.

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With the success of my illustrations the next step was to plan out and begin designing each poster.

Quotes: a visual take on the words of others

As i mentioned in an earlier post, myself and the Chester graphic design students were throwing an exhibition to raise money for our final show in June.

The topic of our exhibition was quotes. As i mentioned i enjoyed TV and film so i was more interested in participating in this exhibition.

I had already picked a film in mind: The Shawshank Redemption.


And i had started looking into suitable quotes to work with:

“I wish i could, but prison is not a fairytale world.”

“Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin'”

“I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up DOES rejoice. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.”

“In prison a man will do almost anything to keep his mind occupied.”

“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things and no good thing ever dies.”

“I find I’m so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend, and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.”

Each of these quotes would be perfect to use for my poster. After much though i decided which quote i wanted to go forward with and that was “get busy livin’ or get busy dyin'”. This quote was simple and effective and would stand out well in my planned poster design i mentioned in an earlier post.


Quotes: a visual take on the words of others

To raise money for our final exhibition, our design group are banding together and designing a poster exhibition to sell and raise money.
The theme for this exhibition i was interested in straight away, was ‘quotes’. Since i watch a lot of TV and Film i tend to quote things as a habit. So immediately i wanted to make a poster for this.

Quotes Exhibition

The problem was thinking of a suitable quote that could be designed well. At first all i could think of was quotes i really wanted to do such as, “why so serious?” from the dark knight, but i found myself sceptical on how it would look.

It was up until this point when i started thinking some of my favourite films like Terminator 2, Fight club and Rocky and then it hit me and i knew what i was going to do. The Shawshank Redemption.

For many years i have loved this film, there is nothing i hate about it, from the music to the cast it is a perfect case of cinema. Therefore i wanted to design a piece that would show how good this film is.
Rather than just using a quote, i also wanted to design a set for where it would be placed, so a prison cell would be the ideal place. And what better way to show the quote than have it carved into a wall with a rock hammer?
Of course i want to design this piece in the sense that not everyone has seen it so there wont be any holes in the wall slightly on show through a poster, no i want this to be subtle and the quote speak for itself.
However at this stage i am still working on the design, for more information on the exhibition, follow our Twitter page: @quoteschester

Research Methods: Poster Design

Through my research into rebooted films, i began looking into the originals and what made them so popular. As each original film had its own unique style such as 1990s total recall had classic scenes like the three breasted martian or the comedic ‘two weeks’ scene. Today these things stay with us and remind us of how much we enjoyed them. This is the kind of design I want to create; designs that take you back and remind you of why you enjoyed them so much.

To begin my poster designs i started looking into promotional material for each of the films i had listed in my previous entry.
Closely looking into each film to gain inspiration on how to approach them. With this in mind, i began to pick out favourite scenes from each film and developing an layout from there.

From Superman, i saw it as the helicopter scene in which the character is first revealed flying through the air. I thought it would be good to create a poster piece on the character soaring through the sky in a simplistic style.vlcsnap-00019

From the karate kid, i had to be the famous crane kick to build suspense at the end of the fight. From research, most fan made designs were of the beach scene in which he balances on a post, but i thought that this fight scene would be a better recreation.

From highlander it had to be the final sword fight scene in the large open space. The way this was filmed made the characters look like silhouettes and had bright lights from the windows, this i want to recreate and recapture.

For Robocop i thought to use the firing range scene where the character is first revealed in a dramatic way.

For batman i always thought the ending scene with the bat signal was so dramatic and and powerful, so i want to portray that in my design to promote this film.

For Total Recall i wanted to work on the alien hand and incorporate it within the film because although it is obvious to people who have seen the film, but it is also a mystery to those who havent.

For judge dredd it was difficult to pick one scene to use in the design so i picked two that i liked best. One scene i thought that stood out well was where the judges see out the chief justice.

And the second scene i wanted to use was the final scene with judge dredd on his bike looking over mega city.

The next step is to develop these scenes out into ideas to be used in posters and make them simplistic so that they are still engaging.

Research Methods: Poster Design

As I had mentioned in an earlier post; I wanted to create a series of movie posters to promote original films over the rebooted ones. With there being many films rebooted lately, the originals were becoming less and less popular. Therefore I wanted to create pieces of work that would want people to see them.

Originally I wanted to make promotional videos that would be made more upbeat to connect with a younger audience much like fan made videos on YouTube attract viewers and generate comments and opinions. However I decided against this idea since it would take up a lot more time and planning to structure the trailers and find suitable soundtracks along with copyright laws. Therefore i decided it would be best to design poster that can recapture audiences and attract new ones.

For my designs I wanted to base them on popular originals that had been rebooted recently.
From my research I found a selection of films I wanted to base my work on:

Superman (1978)                                                The Karate Kid (1984) 

Highlander (1986)                                                RoboCop (1987)

Batman (1989)                                                   Total Recall (1990)

Judge Dredd (1995)

Given that all of these films were popular in their day, what’s stopping them from still being popular?
All films can be marketed in a way to attract an audience, with this in mind I plan to do just that and reconnect people to these classic films.


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