Friday, 22 April 2011

Harvey Nichols staff party 2011

I was asked to produce a poster and ticket for the annual staff party which was Oscar themed. I wanted a Lynch-ian feel to the posters; a cold, dislocated, slightly nightmarish quality similar to his film Inland Empire. Black Swan was up for several nominations and I enjoyed the references it made to older films such as All About Eve about actors and actresses being left broken by the Hollywood machine.

I photographed images of classic film stars Marlon Brando and Marlene Dietrich as their faces seemingly ran through a projector reel (actually my own TV set which created the lines which helped to break up the photo). I liked the idea of an 'image of an image' which references my favourite artist Andy Warhol.

I originally produced them in full colour but then decided to print them on to a silver paper stock which has connotations of the 'silver screen' and again Warhol's silver canvases which featured stars of the time, blankly staring back at the viewer dead eyed.

I also created a series of teaser posters that were put up a couple of days before the Brando / Dietrich images to whet the staff's appetite. I used an old movie countdown that you may have seen at the cinema years ago.

For the ticket I reproduced an old cinema ticket which was perforated and then ripped by an attendant who was working on the door the night of the party.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Menergy Call Card flyer

For April's Menergy I wanted something a little dirtier than usual so I decided to base the design on prostitute's 'call cards' - the cheaply printed and badly designed cards that are often photocopied and blu-tacked around public phone boxes all over London. I always find it a bit awkward designing something 'badly' on purpose.

My client for this job, 'Lady Munter' tweeted this when the flyers came back from the printers and were delivered to his parent's address: