The other day, regular reader/unofficial mayor of Baltimore Scott Carberry posted a link in my comments section to some amazing work. It was to a poster for the 85th Oscar Awards. And the artwork blew me away. I found out that it was the work of Olly Moss. After a little digging, I discovered that Moss has created a LOT of movie poster art that I’ve seen and admired through the years, but didn’t realize he was responsible. I’m a designer for a living, and I can tell you that the quality that Olly Moss creates is what we all want to create. Here are some of my favorite movie-related posters created by Moss.
First and foremost, here’s a link to his site. And just to help drive recognition to the guy, click on any image and it’ll take you to the full-res versions on his site. I have no desire to poach Google image traffic off of his work.
The first poster is for the link Scott posted. Each individual award has been handcrafted to represent the Best Picture-winner from that year:
This Bride of Frankenstein print is tremendous. The web resolution version looks great, but the design nerd in me gets excited about his description of the actual poster- printed with “cream and metallic ink on black paper.” Trust me. That design plus that ink combination is the mark of a master.
Once again, here’s some breathtaking work featuring negative space. I didn’t even see it at first. Then the lightbulb went off over my head. And it’s for An American Werewolf in London (1981), a horror movie that oozes cool.
Here’s the cover of his book, Silhouettes from Popular Culture. If you’d like to buy it, click on the image. In full disclosure, I haven’t seen the book other than on his website, but the cover makes me want to check it out. The wink-and-nod of having the Bride on the cover as a subversion of classic 19th century silhouette drawings makes me smile. And what appears to be an emboss and gold foil on the cover adds a healthy flair to the overall effect (sorry, I’m a design nerd).
I really can’t stress enough how good this work is. You may have heard comedians refer to other comedians as a “comedian’s comedian”. This is the design equivalent. The way he plies the craft illustrates a tremendous knowledge of good design in both obvious and subtle ways. It takes a special eye for design to accomplish this kind of work. That it just happens to pertain to movies that we all know and love is merely the icing on the cake. Whatever Olly Moss gets paid to design isn’t enough.