Demystifying Graphic Design: How Posters Work skillshare originals badge

Ellen Lupton, Curator, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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12 Lessons (1h 5m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:58
    • 2. Assignment

      1:27
    • 3. Tell a Story

      8:41
    • 4. Activate the Diagonal

      6:23
    • 5. Simplify

      8:38
    • 6. Overlap

      4:54
    • 7. Focus the Eye

      7:07
    • 8. Assault the Surface

      6:33
    • 9. Visiting Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

      7:03
    • 10. Creating a Poster

      10:39
    • 11. Final Thoughts

      0:53
    • 12. Learn More with Ellen Lupton

      0:36
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Project Description

Design a film poster.

ASSIGNMENT

Design a film poster, using the six core techniques to create narrative, tension, and excitement. Will you tell a story? Simplify icons? Use overlap or diagonals to create movement? Or will you — if you dare — assault the surface?

Select a movie with a simple object in the title, such as Rear Window, 12 Angry MenThe Matrix, or Gone Girl. Use the attached list for inspiration. Draw by hand, jump on the computer, or experiment with materials. Try a few different approaches, and be sure to play!

  

DELIVERABLE

Share your poster in the project gallery. A complete project might include:

  • Movie title brainstorm
  • Sketches
  • Final poster design(s)

Don't wait to upload your project all at once! Dive in, ask questions for student feedback, and update it over time.

  

RESOURCES

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Links

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  • Design Principles: Download the class slides below.
  • Project: See below for movie prompts and slides from The Birds poster project. 

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This class is presented in collaboration with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

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