Oscar Nominees: The Poster Review (Part I)

Traditionally, I do a post reviewing all movie posters for the year and select my top picks and highlight some real misses. However, with the Oscars coming up, I decided I should do a review of all the posters for the Oscar nominated films. For the purpose of this series, I’ve left out the foreign language films, documentaries and short films. I feel these are competing on a different playing field—and with them, the list would simply be too long (it’s probably too long already).

The first category of posters I’m reviewing here are those for the films nominated for Best Picture.

Photo Compositing: 7 Essentials of Visual Magic

Putting various photos together to create a new, unique image is an essential skill of any designer. Photo compositing can range from the simple (changing out a sky or background) to the complex (creating an entirely new image from a collection of different photos). The reality is that you will be hard-pressed to find a design project that doesn’t require some form of photo compositing. In this article we cover the essentials of photo compositing.

Color Harmony: Why Hulk Wears Purple Pants

Color harmony is the theory of combining colors in a fashion that is harmonious to the eye. In other words, what colors work well together. It is the reason the Hulk wears purple pants. It is the reason the original X-Men had yellow and blue uniforms. It is the reason behind almost all color design…

Mood Lines: Setting the Tone of Your Design

Feature image by the talented Cyril Rolando. Check out his Tumblr here. Lines have been used by artists and designers to convey mood since the first drawings in cave walls.  Through repeated use, certain patterns and lines have gained universally recognized meanings. These were documented in Landscape Architecture, by John Ormsbee Simonds, who put together a diagram of…

Movie Posters of 2014, Hits and Misses

Here’s my annual top picks for movie posters of the year. I’ve also included a few misses. First, here are the posters which I thought stood out from the crowd. I don’t particularly have a “top” poster, so I’ll just go ahead and list them with my comments on each: I haven’t seem the film, but…

Movie Posters of 2013, Hits and Misses

Here are the hits and misses for 2013 Movie Posters. This is based on my design review. I give my explanation on each. I will say ahead of time that I haven’t seen all of these movies. But a movie poster’s audience is people who haven’t seen it (except posters by Ollie Moss, which are…

Episode 3: Magazine Ads

This is a review of the ads in the latest issue of People’s magazine. In this review I look at the ads both from a design perspective and from a marketing perspective. The magazine has 100 pages, of those 45 are advertising—so almost half the magazine. You can subscribe to my youtube channel here.

Episode 2: Book Covers

In this video, I review the book covers for the 10 books currently at the top of the New York Times Bestseller list in the fiction hardback category. The book covers reviewed are: All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr The Silkworm, Robert Galbraith The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt The Magician’s Land, Lev Grossman Big…

Episode 1: Movie Poster Reviews

Here’s a review of some recently released movie posters, including: Night Moves (Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard) Son of a Gun (Ewan McGregor) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1000 Times Good Night Who is John Galt? Automata The Box Trolls Falcon Rising This is the first review video. I will be publishing more. If you…