Movie posters get all the glory, but lobby cards can be just as beautiful. These smaller promotional artworks usually feature the most memorable scenes from films. Tumblr Lobby Cards — which we spotted thanks to Gems — boasts a wonderful collection of the filmic advertisements. The Tumblr explains: “The lobby card was a form of advertising that revolutionized the look of graphics. Lobby Cards were sent out by the publicity departments of the Hollywood studios in sets of eight to twenty images reflecting the content of a newly released movie. Their purpose: to lure the movie-going public into theatres across the country.” Most of the lobby cards featured on the website are from various personal collections, including the Tumblr author’s. We highlighted several eye-popping international lobby cards advertising famous films in our gallery. … Read More
How might you get people interested in space travel, you ask? Show them chubby babies enjoying all the fun, flora and fauna that outer space has to offer! We’re total suckers for odd vintage posters here at Flavorpill, so we fell hard for these propaganda-ish images, originally published in China in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Space has just never looked quite so adorable before. Be prepared to coo over cute kids and wonder at the flimsy construction of rockets after the jump. … Read More
Combining a love for childhood movie heroines and elaborate art nouveau style, Deviant Artist kishokahime has created a beautiful series of nostalgic posters. If you’ve ever dreamed about owning the dress Lili wore for her dance with Darkness in Ridley Scott’s Legend, or if you adore Sarah and her journey through Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, then this is a set of prints you won’t want to miss. Every magical, fantasy film that has ever captured your imagination is represented, but kishokahime is promising this is an ongoing series with more art prints to come. We can’t wait to buy our own after spotting the artist’s work on Nerd Approved (thanks to Slashfilm). Wander our gallery for a trip down memory lane, and tell us which genre heroine is your favorite. … Read More
Normally, we think inspirational posters are pretty hokey, but sometimes we come across a set that we just can’t disagree with. Case in point: Book Bench pointed us towards this wonderful collection of inspirational library posters from the 1960s, discovered by Flickr user Enokson, a library technician in a Canadian junior high school. The set is filled with gems with slogans like ”What’s Your Future? Find it in Books!” (a layered statement, to be sure) and “An Elephant Never Forgets… But If You Do, Visit Your School Library!” and charming retro design, so obviously we’re all over it. Click through to see our favorites from the series, and then if you still don’t feel like visiting your school library, head here to check out the entire set. … Read More
Graham MacIndoe‘s photographs of missing persons posters, which we first saw on PetaPixel, document the sad and desperate public pleas to locate lost love ones. The images are spare, quiet, and isolated, despite the artist primarily focusing on posters in bustling urban areas like New York City. MacIndoe is interested in the way each poster slowly disintegrates with time, covered up and vanishing with weathered age, becoming symbolic of the people that have disappeared.
“I never saw anybody ever really looking at them,” he recently told the New York Times. “People just run past them. They slowly deteriorate in the weather and elements. I became very aware of them. They’re often handmade with these pleading requests, and the pictures they select to put on them — graduation pictures, smiley happy pictures, pictures of betters times — that’s what really drew me to them.”
MacIndoe shared his work with us past the break. Click through for a closer look at his poignant photo series. … Read More
Every Wednesday in December, Flavorwire will take a look back at the year in film — the stories, the performances, the movies that we were talking about in 2011. For this week, let’s revisit some of the year’s movie controversies, shall we?
We film folk can get worked up pretty easily, so while we found plenty of things to get all a-tizzy about in 2011, the assembled list of 2011′s film controversies doesn’t exactly read like end-of-the-world, stop-the-presses stuff. But these things are important to us! We’re easily excitable! Thus, ratings and posters and Oscars and Darth Vader’s scream were well worth talking about — then, and now. Join us after the jump to relive some of the year’s very big deals. … Read More
There’s no denying that the Occupy movement has been inspiring people across the globe, and in many cases, that inspiration is being expressed artistically. Not that we find this the least bit surprising — art and activism have always gone hand in hand. In New York City, the Smithsonian and the New York Historical Society, aware that they have a phenomenon on their hands, have been gathering artifacts from the protest all along, with an eye towards future exhibitions. Even with the art-world spin-off Occupy Museums, meant to get “people to think about who museums serve, and calling the art world out on its elitism and its abuse of labor,” the artistic community has been very supportive of the movement. Here we have collected twenty artworks, from drawings to posters to sculptures to puppets from artists both well known (Banksy, Shepard Fairey) and anonymous. Some of these, like the propaganda posters and stamped dollars, are meant to further the Occupy movement’s cause directly, while others are just artistic visions or ways to capture the humanity of what’s going on in the world right now. Click through to check out twenty pieces of art about Occupy Wall Street, and let us know what you think in the comments. … Read More
Every superhero is at least 50% nerd. Or most of them are, at least. These great poster designs by Danny Haas (self-described “Husband. Father. Artist. Geek.), which we spotted over at Design You Trust, remind us that our favorite masked avengers are just as much mortal as they are magical. Rendered in satisfyingly simple lines and charming vintage printings, these are some of our favorite incarnations of these iconic American superheroes. Click through to check out Parker, Kent, and all their buddies rocking both their epic manifestations at once, and make sure to check out more of Haas’s work here. … Read More
These amazing retro-modern superhero posters, which we spotted over at My Modern Met, manage to give us those warm nostalgia feelings and a vision of the future all at once. Created by French artist and graphic designer Grégoire Guillemin as part of his “exercises in style” series, they remind us of an imaginary golden age of real-life superheroes that we desperately wish existed, like the ones portrayed in stories like Watchmen and The Incredibles. Click through to check out our gallery of Guillemin’s work and dream of pop culture’s modern knights, and let us know what you think in the comments. … Read More
Every college student dreams of getting to work with the leaders of their industry, but this rarely happens, especially as an in-class assignment. But for the design students of the School of Visual Art in New York, a handful of students lucky enough to get into the Visual Identity and Multimedia course dreams do come true.
That’s because for three hours a week, these students get the opportunity to work directly with legendary design firm Chermayeff & Geismar, who has been responsible for creating such well-known logos as those used by PBS, NBC, National Geographic, and many others. As if that weren’t enough, the students get to balance class assignments with actual client work for M&T Bank.
That’s not to say the class doesn’t have interesting non-client assignments though. For one of the student’s biggest projects, they were asked to create a poster design that illustrated two opposite issues, objects or concepts. The results are impressive, so be sure to click through to enjoy the best of the projects. … Read More