Voting is a citizen’s duty, not an optional privilege; that’s the feeling this poster aims to inspire. It was created in the midst of the turbulent 2016 presidential election to provoke people to hit the polls in a time when turnout was at an all time low and the stakes were at an all time high. The image was produced by using torn fabric to create a tattered American flag, signaling how our nation suffers when its people refuse their civic duty.
When one hears the word “death”, a smile is likely not the first expression that comes to mind. However, that is exactly what Mumedi’s To Death With a Smile poster competition is all about: marrying death and smiles in one happily morbid design. This design takes a gig poster approach to the prompt, borrowing from the color and edge of 1970s and 80s punk rock flyers for a “one night only” presentation of wailing undead music. Punk might be dead, but he is likely leather-clad and most certainly raising Hell.
It’s not just a man’s world anymore, and Espionner Academy knows this. This elite New York spy academy exists to educate young women in the art of covert affairs, combat, and class. The word “Espionner” has French roots, meaning “to spy on,” so it seemed natural to pursue the cues connoted by the seductive French culture as well as 1950s espionage. Logo and letterhead were both designed to reflect the sleek and dangerous woman that Espionner promotes.
Each year, Kutztown University’s Communication Design department hosts two inspirationally successful alumni to speak and provide advice to students in an event known as The Return of the CD Grads. It’s no small affair, and it serves to hype up the student body and provide a taste of what the working world is like for designers. This promotional poster features an adorably ugly duckling catching a glimpse of his potential future as a beautiful swan, playing up the evolution Kutztown’s designers might undergo in the years following graduation–give or take a few feathers.
Loud, pink, and punk are all words that would definitely describe the 1970s band, The New York Dolls. And if an editorial feature covering these rockers were to be designed, the same words should absolutely apply. This two-spread feature was created to tell the story of its subjects both explicitly via text as well as through visuals. The overall concept plays off the band name, recreating the musicians as literal dolls and conveying an over-the-top glam and grime aesthetic not unlike that of the rock pioneers themselves.
Strip a city of its standard skyscrapers, hustle and bustle, and tourist destinations, and one is left with its true grit. That is what the monthly publication, Street Rat, is based upon: delving into the hidden underbelly culture of the world’s most renowned cities. Street Rat aims to deliver a raw authenticity in both its stories and visual program, exposing the things one won’t find on colorful billboards. It’s unpolished, uncensored, and out to uncover the lesser-known places, faces, and happenings of each month’s featured city; no kitschy souvenir shop cheese past this point, please.
One of the abilities of a well-made film is to completely immerse the audience in its world–its characters, its plot, and, most subtly, its props. Reimagined props for M. Night Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable” approached their designs as though the film were set in the 1970s instead of 2000. To emphasize the plot’s focus on classic superhero dynamics, the movie poster implements typography and illustration to hint at the protagonist’s kryptonite-like weakness while stylistically calling upon the hand-done inking and color flats of Bronze Age comics.
When it comes to their involvement in video gaming culture, women and girls have long been treated like “Player Two.” This video was created in response to The One Club's 2016 Young Ones competition to increase gender empathy and move towards ending gender discrimination. Through this corporate ad for GameStop, the portrayal of females in video games is questioned, and diversity amongst female gamers is highlighted.
Sick of typical cards that are caked in glitter and vomit-inducing sweetness? Yeah, us too. The Unbearable Collection greeting card line exists to deliver genuine sentiments without all the saccharine fluff of traditional cards. The Unbearable goods feature adorably nonplussed bears, short sentiments, and a healthy dose of negativity–perfect for the hard-to-shop-for nihilist in your life!
Take the vocals of Freddie Mercury, the flash of Aerosmith, and the charm of David Bowie, and one would be left with The Struts. This gig poster and corresponding graphics were created for the band’s December 2016 show in Philly. The final image is the result of one pound of golden glitter (courtesy of the group’s 1980s glam rock inspiration) painstakingly arranged into the band’s name with a few rolled up singles sprinkled throughout. Nothing says rock show like glitter cocaine.
If a studio were to transform its designs into a line of chocolate bars that was equally as sweet, Chox by Fox would be that line. Packaging for this deliciously fictitious chocolate brand was created while interning at William Fox Munroe, Inc. and showcases skills used in the studio’s packaging design centered workload. Each bar’s wrapper features an element of WFM life–color swatches, typefaces, dielines, barcodes, and 3D renderings–and presents it as a different, delectable gourmet chocolate flavor.
Typography is great. Captain America is great. Together? The perfect team outside the Avengers. Kinetic lyrics are set to the song "Star Spangled Man" from Marvel's "Captain America: The First Avenger." Graphic elements aim to capture the bold and patriotic sensibility of the World War II era and its shield-wielding hero. Super soldier serum not included.
Since its advent, the film industry and the way that we consume its works have been evolving at a fast pace. Cinema+ exists to push technical cinematic capabilities even further by delivering a completely immersive film-going experience to audiences. Branding for this company is sleek, clean, and–like the movie theater experience it offers–looking to the future.