First, an introduction. These two posters really do hang side-by-side on my living room wall at home. The transformers was put up by a former roommate who didn't keep it when they moved out. We left it up so the walls wouldn't be completely bare. The Indiana Jones poster was purchased a little earlier this year at that poster sale that happens in the SU courtyard every year.
The first thing one notices about these two is that they are literally night and day opposites. After looking analytically for a few moments I realized that they are also opposites in a design and figurative sense as well as literal.
Indiana is busy, bright, cramming information on in a collage like format. Also Indiana appears to be entirely hand drawn. Transformers is dark, sparse, and has a computer generated sharp lines and corners feel to the text and images.
When we got the Indiana poster we commented on the possibility of it being a re-print, after all the original posters had to have come out in, like, the stone ages, right? Also it was cheap. Now I realize that the poster is very good at reminding the audience of the movie and the characters and the highlights and such. The Transformers poster is much better at drawing one in and sparking curiosity. I wouldn't be surprised if the Indiana poster was designed and made after the movie came out as a collectors item, while the Transformers poster is an advertising piece.
1 Hour Eyeball Thing -
5 years ago