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A Showcase of Creatively Redesigned Movie Posters

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Being a designer is a never-ending quest. Designers must constantly improve and expand their skills, as trends in design are always changing. Like any art susceptible to the whims of fashion, design reflects the tastes, values and concerns of a certain point in time, and as such it never sits still for too long.

Of course, professional work will allow the designer to hone and build their skills, but in this economy, paid work can be hard to find. That is why designers often create design samples both to give clients an idea of their style and to continue to practice their art. This practice has obvious benefits, but creating logos and websites in a vacuum has a less obvious drawback. It does not require collaboration or interpretation of ideas on the part of the designer.

One way many designers are addressing this issue is by redesigning movie posters. Designing movie posters can often more accurately show a designer’s thought process, since they have to interpret a film using only its iconic imagery or memorable lines. It forces the designer to create something that reflects their aesthetic but requires that aesthetic to be adapted to someone else’s already established creation. This is a much more realistic process than drawing a visual pun and deciding the kind of company that might like it, and it also results in a product that can be enjoyed by fans of design and fans of the film equally.

Below is a showcase of creative redesigned movie posters that illustrates just how entertaining and challenging this practice can be.

Fight Club

Fight Club

The Shining

The Shining

The Evil Dead

The Evil Dead

Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters

Amelie

Amelie

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi

Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs

Nosferatu, Frankenstein & The Wolfman

Nosferatu, Frankenstein & The Wolfman

Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas

Have you found any creatively redesigned movie posters that deserve a mention? Please do let us know in the comments.

Alex writes for Print Express, who specialise in custom printed business cards. In his spare time he enjoys studying graphic and web design and is currently learning to code.

About the Author, Alex Black

Alex writes for Print Express, who specialise in custom printed business cards. In his spare time he enjoys studying graphic and web design and is currently learning to code.
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  • http://simonh.me Simon H.

    Neat selection. The Star Wars ones by Olly Moss are just fantastic.

    • http://twitter.com/Go_Media Go Media

      Totally agree, Simon! :)

  • http://www.thedesignrange.com/ Alex Singleton

    I love the stuff by Olly Moss – the whole Star Wars collection is just epic.

    • http://twitter.com/Go_Media Go Media

      Love that Star Wars stuff! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/lekmao Olamilekan Mabayoje

    love this

    • http://twitter.com/Go_Media Go Media

      We are so glad, Olamilekan! :)

  • ianebaldwin

    I really love the Jurassic Park redesigned movie poster. But these are all great!

  • Sanjit

    evil dead is my first choice second the reservoir dogs other than that all of em love em all

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ziglen Len Zigante

    like the evil dead one, hits the mark bang on!

  • http://twitter.com/wellspokentweet Isabelle May

    The Amelie poster is not all that much of a redesign. I understand that the smirk is iconic, but it is also 20’000 leagues deep into the Uncanny Valley. They just sort of took the creepy bits and isolated them from her face :S