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posted by zarq (38 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by zarq at 7:22 PM on May 1, 2011


Oh, this hits all sorts of pleasure buttons for me.

aesthetically speaking of course
posted by LMGM at 7:26 PM on May 1, 2011


Is this really more minimal than this? Or does "minimal" just mean "with a crappy font"?
posted by phunniemee at 7:27 PM on May 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


But why. Why is Up a heel of kielbasa in a jug?
posted by Glinn at 7:27 PM on May 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm waiting for the opposite trend, actually: Rococo Movie Posters.
posted by Omon Ra at 7:29 PM on May 1, 2011 [12 favorites]


Apparently an old-timey background texture that just looks like dinged-up paper is part of minimalism, even though it looks like an entire-canvas design element to me.
posted by mikeh at 7:30 PM on May 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


The Requiem for a Dream is perfect.
posted by boo_radley at 7:31 PM on May 1, 2011


The Doctor Who one bothers me. The Doctor should always be associated with the TARDIS.
posted by sbutler at 7:37 PM on May 1, 2011


The Gattaca one is absolutely brilliant.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 7:41 PM on May 1, 2011


Pulp Fiction is pretty great.
posted by Phatty Lumpkin at 7:41 PM on May 1, 2011


I like that he doesn't limit himself to one version of a particular movie poster. I checked the Inception tag and there were six for it alone. And Glinn, I saw a better Up further back in the archives.
posted by immlass at 8:16 PM on May 1, 2011


I don't enjoy being that guy, but I'm going to be him anyway. These are shit, and they annoy me. I'm not a designer, but even I can tell that most of these have been designed by other people that aren't designers either, just some amateur chancers with cracked versions of Illustrator who once saw some cool fake one-sheets on Ffffffffffffffffffffffound and have tried to copy them but without any skill or design sense. Fake one-sheets are boring at the best of times, but when they're badly done, they're even more worthless.
posted by The Discredited Ape at 8:18 PM on May 1, 2011 [7 favorites]


I dunno, is the Gattaca one significantly more minimalist than this? I mean it doesn't have photos but that's not really minimal.

You could probably do a pretty good update of the original Gattaca Saturn|egg posters with the Cassini-Huygens Titan photos.
posted by The Bridge on the River Kai Ryssdal at 8:19 PM on May 1, 2011


I agree with the Up one - I just don't get it.
posted by Calzephyr at 9:47 PM on May 1, 2011


I AM a designer and a poster artist and these are fucking awful.
Minimal is about communicating alot with a minimum gesture.

It's not just about "hey remember this thing from that film?"

Lazy, trite, stupid and irretrievably wack.
posted by Senor Cardgage at 9:49 PM on May 1, 2011 [12 favorites]


Glinn, you silly boy/girl... that's not a kielbasa in the Up poster; that's a coffee bean.

I still have no idea what it means, though.
posted by IAmBroom at 10:13 PM on May 1, 2011


I thought it was supposed to be a nose to be honest :-)
posted by Calzephyr at 10:16 PM on May 1, 2011


On closer inspection, ok, this is a submission tumblr. The all-over-the-place aesthetic makes more sense now.

I've realized I'm over almost any submission tumblr within a few days of finding it because I'm not far enough ahead of the curve to find it early. It's apparently impossible to run one of these things and curate/edit/whatever the submissions you get so that the concepts don't become trite and repetitive. I understand that editing submissions is a hard job and results in a lot of hurt feelings, but the failure to edit seems to result only in flooded dashs and an inverse correlation between submission quantity and overall quality.
posted by immlass at 10:19 PM on May 1, 2011


Sheesh, did a minimalist movie poster kill your parents or something? These are fun.
posted by ShutterBun at 10:55 PM on May 1, 2011


Many of them might be bad for promoting films, but I could see a lot of these making for excellent DVD covers. And furthermore, I think there's often a place for a bit of intrigue in design over clarity of message.
posted by Wemmick at 11:05 PM on May 1, 2011


barf, vector art
posted by feastofviolet at 11:25 PM on May 1, 2011


I don't think the Trainspotting one is as good as the original - that was one iconic poster - but it would be excellent for the source novel.
posted by mippy at 11:25 PM on May 1, 2011


Y'know, I was kinda down on the retro-wannabe aesthetics of the posters in the main blog link (especially the massively meh Inglourious Basterds and Doctor Who designs), but the archive link has some really nice looking work. In terms of formulating the post, maybe it would've been better to lead with the archive link first. Maybe it's just me.
posted by Strange Interlude at 1:21 AM on May 2, 2011


A classic. It's a book cover but could just aswell have been a movieposter.
The minimalism is fierce: Frankenstein
posted by Sexy Motherfucker at 2:30 AM on May 2, 2011


I liked this one -- more minimal and more effective than almost anything else I saw there.
posted by en forme de poire at 3:00 AM on May 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Please don't fold real life movie posters like road maps.
posted by Spatch at 4:54 AM on May 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Movie Posters...When hipsters buy Illustrator.
posted by Thorzdad at 5:05 AM on May 2, 2011


Strange Interlude: "23Y'know, I was kinda down on the retro-wannabe aesthetics of the posters in the main blog link (especially the massively meh Inglourious Basterds and Doctor Who designs), but the archive link has some really nice looking work. In terms of formulating the post, maybe it would've been better to lead with the archive link first. Maybe it's just me."

I felt it was too bandwidth intensive.
posted by zarq at 5:39 AM on May 2, 2011


Glinn, you silly boy/girl... that's not a kielbasa in the Up poster; that's a coffee bean.
I still have no idea what it means, though.


Someone! Help with Up one?
(I am not convinced about the coffee bean, unless possibly it's a penny leaning against a coffee bean.)
posted by Glinn at 7:47 AM on May 2, 2011


I thought it was two pennies leaning against each other. As in, "We are really poor, all we have are these two pennies in our savings jug".

What that has to do with the movie "Up", I have no idea.
posted by gillyflower at 8:21 AM on May 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Dohn Landis?
posted by Sys Rq at 8:23 AM on May 2, 2011


The UP one is two pennies in the jar, throughout the movie they were saving up for their big adventure vacation and then when she got sick the money went to her medical bills.

Still looked like a pair of testicles at first glance.
posted by xedrik at 8:55 AM on May 2, 2011


The trick with minimalist graphic design is that you reduce elements until you have the bare minimum to communicate what you want to say. When that state is achieved, every element has to be precisely tuned, the colors, the typography, the illustration, et cetera. The problem with these is that they are obviously done by novices, and while some of them are a bit of fun, most are shoddily done. My feeling is that the fan-made minimalist movie poster bandwagon has been jumped by so many, It's slowly crawling to a halt.

Actually, this process is something that is pretty common. When a creative idea (musical genre, style of design, etc) becomes so popular that the field gets crowded by novices, and the signal to noise ratio goes out of whack. I wonder if this development has a name?
posted by svenni at 9:02 AM on May 2, 2011


Most of the actual movie posters for Inglourious Basterds are, in some ways, more minimalist that the one on this tumblr.

I do like the Vertigo one that en forme de poire linked, though.
posted by penduluum at 10:41 AM on May 2, 2011


I really love a number of these, though it does get a little tiring after a while (minimalism does not mean just pretending to be Richard Williams.)

Obviously I'm on my own here, but the Doctor Who one was my favorite. Just gave me immediate chills and I can't really explain why. I think maybe just the inclusion of the sword was a very, very simple way to bring out an emotional reaction by both bringing Rory up to equal footing with Amy and The Doctor, as well as making the pan-series iconography very specific to the events of that season.

I'm not a designer, but it worked for me at a physical level, and I think that's a success.
posted by Navelgazer at 10:52 AM on May 2, 2011


Obviously I'm on my own here, but the Doctor Who one was my favorite. Just gave me immediate chills and I can't really explain why. I think maybe just the inclusion of the sword was a very, very simple way to bring out an emotional reaction by both bringing Rory up to equal footing with Amy and The Doctor, as well as making the pan-series iconography very specific to the events of that season.

In order to be perfect, it would have associated Matt Smith's name with the TARDIS, and instead of the sonic screwdriver, use the iconic crack for Karen Gillan.
posted by mightygodking at 1:14 PM on May 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Go to the Usual Suspects poster at the bottom of page 3.

Now scroll your mouse wheel up and down. Dancing!

These are very cool. I like how they play to an important theme or memorable moment in the film - like the Usual Suspects one does. Reservoir Dogs does too, with the guns pointed at each other...

Great stuff!
posted by Xoebe at 1:23 PM on May 2, 2011


throughout the movie they were saving up for their big adventure vacation and then when she got sick the money went to her medical bills.

I remember the money but it didn't occur to me that that was where it went - I'm from a country where there is no cost associated with going into hospital other than loss of earnings.
posted by mippy at 9:04 AM on May 3, 2011


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