Here’s a great story from Fast Company about the evolution of the Batman’s 70 years of logos. Cathryn Lavery designed the cool poster. A lot of wonky ones in there though. You have favorite likes or dislikes?
The evolution of information graphics saw some cool highlights in 2012, and the New York Times does a great job of compiling and curating it here. The famous 512 Paths to the White House which played out dramatically in real time in November, the patterns of where the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder hit their shots, how an orchestra conductor’s gestures and patterns flow while jamming Stravinsky. Check the creative examples of visual communication and technology coming together.
This post from Design Taxi crystallizes the argument against creativity in Hollywood. Granted, that’s not a hard argument to make. But its a shame. Hollywood should lead the way in creativity. But alas, with big money comes big fear and aversion to risk which is why it seems my wife and I sometimes spend more time searching for a movie than actually watching them. Some nights, it seems like they all suck.
The Design Taxi post is about the idea of a French film distributor named Christophe Courtois. He found reoccurring trends in the graphic design of Hollywood movie posters. Yellow backgrounds. Women in red dresses. Great big eyeballs. But then he did something really creative with his insight.
He made mosaics out of the repetitive, boring, same–same approaches that Hollywood studios seem to lean on again and again. He kicked Hollywoods butt at their own game: creativity. And uh, why is Tom Crusie always show in profile?
For a breath of creative fresh air, here are a couple awesome offerings from the great Saul Bass.
And here’s a nifty take on the top 20 movie posters of all time.