The Lost Art Of An Opening Title

A few weeks ago, one of my friend’s and I were discussing The Americans, the awesome new show on FX. Since we’re both graphic designers, we quickly noticed how great the opening titles were (you can check them out here), and sadly, how that’s slowly becoming a lost art in both television shows and films. Which got me thinking of all the films I’ve seen with memorable opening titles. It didn’t take long for all of my favorites materialize in me mind. Check out some my picks below (unfortunately, due to some copyright problems, I couldn’t find the Going The Distance opening sequence on YouTube, nor the one for Watchmen, so just click on their titles to go to the official websites). What are some of your favorites? Comment away!

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Catch Me If You Can

Juno

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Dark Knight Rises

Thank You For Smoking

Stranger Than Fiction

Rango

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Minimal Movie Posters (Archive)

I recently came across an awesome Tumblr page that houses hundreds of Minimal Movie Posters! The page is updated regularly, so make sure to visit frequently for new additions. Below are some of my favorites.

Midnight in Paris – Travis English

The Help – Brandon Roosa

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – TheDisenchanter

The Godfather
– Forged Design Works

Christmas Vacation – Matt Owen

Blue Valentine – Brock Weaver

The Dark Night Rises – SomeWhereArt

Pulp Fiction – Viking Designers

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Movies Made For The Mustache

Graphic designer Jacob Engberg, created a series of “Movies Made For The Mustache” posters as an ode to the power of the ‘stache. Check out some of the fun creations below, and visit his page to view all of the hilarious prints! Some of the prints are also available in limited supply at his Etsy store—so head on over there and celebrate the ‘stache!

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Movie Parts Poster Series

Illustrator and designer Emma Butler, created a poster series inspired as an alternative to the minimalist poster trend that is currently all the rage. On the opposite end of the spectrum, these posters are made up of all the memorable parts, pieces and props that are featured in some of her favorite movies. Check out the series below, and purchase prints here.






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