Rage Against The Machine

Hello, I'm Andrew a Graphic Designer/Screenprinter

I chose to design a poster for Rage Against The Machine who I have been listening to of late on my Ipod. I'm going to try and put limitations on myself by trying to avoid draw something of high detail (which I usually do when I'm illustrating something for someone or my self), using less colours (3 max) and exploring halftones and textures.

Research (short and sweet version)

When I first started researching for this project vintage robots popped in my head for some unknown reason and I thought it would look good so I  just ran with it. 

Rage Against The Machine - image 1 - student project

Rage Against The Machine - image 2 - student project

These led to research robot movie posters as well as vintage robot toys

Rage Against The Machine - image 3 - student project

Rage Against The Machine - image 4 - student project


My first idea for a poster was to have a close up of a robot glaring down at the viewer. I want the robot to have a bulky feel to it. There's a light coming from the robot head which hides the robots head slightly but the viewer can still see the head shape.

With this design I want to try and use colours the same way Olly Moss has in his 3 Star Wars posters

Rage Against The Machine - image 5 - student project

  • Probably change the image to include the robots right arm and create space on the top left hand corner where the bands name would go.
  • I'm leaning towards this design to develop further

The second idea I had was to create a poster that looks like a back of a toy packaging. I thought this idea would great with the opportunity to create typefaces but the more I thought about it the less I liked it. I felt it would become to crowded with type.Rage Against The Machine - image 6 - student project

My third design has the silhouettes of the four band members standing in front of a robots head, with a faded city in the background. Like my first idea I would use the the same colour technique Olly Moss used in his posters.

Rage Against The Machine - image 7 - student project