Category: Design

18 Feb

Series of Zombie movie-like posters

Chris Lane / Design, photography / / 3 Comments

Each year I put together a gathering of guy friends and dub them Zombie night. We do a Mystery Science Theatre 3000 style trashing of bad movies and play some kind of zombie themed board game. Along with that some great food, it ends up being a lot of fun.

I have been doing this for a few years now. For each party I create a poster design and follow a theme through the year. The first year I did illustrations, the second year I did typographic designs, and for 2013, the third year I wanted to make something like movie posters for zombie movies. Then when they are printed out at 12×18 they really will look like movie posters.

This series kind of runs in an ongoing story of a father and his son. You might see it as a cycle, the first being the actual ending, or maybe the first is just the beginning of the outbreak. Then each poster is relevant to the season that the part was in. So the first is of course Winter, then spring, summer, fall. They also transition in time. The first is at night, the next is just before sunrise, then day, then sunset. You can relate your own interpretation in the comments below.

Zombie Night 9 © Chris Lane Photo

Zombie Night 10 © Chris Lane Photo

Zombie Night 11 © Chris Lane Photo
a couple of closer detail images since that one is harder to see
Zombie Night 11 zombies © Chris Lane Photo

Zombie Night 11 survivors © Chris Lane Photo

Zombie Night 12 © Chris Lane Photo

I’d love to hear what you thought of these posters. Which was your favorite? Personally I like the spring one, but they all have their good and bad points.

15 Jan

Zombie posters

Chris Lane / Design / / 0 Comments

Last year I started a tradition with these zombie party illustrated posters for a small group of friends of mine. Every quarter I host a party for my friends where we watch really bad zombie movies and play zombie video games and play zombie board games. It is really just an excuse to get a group of guys together and have some fun for an evening. In 2011 I illustrated the posters. In 2012, I wanted to change the style to something else. So I decided to make them fully typographical with a little extra to make it as if the posters were hanging around in a zombie apocalypse. I was inspired by a couple things. One inspiration was the safe areas in the game Left 4 Dead and the sequel aptly named, Left 4 Dead 2. And the design style was based on a series of ads from a stock photo company. I can’t recall the company anymore and I couldn’t find the ads online, unfortunately, but so it goes.

So, before the event I just email these out and then when people show up they get a free print on 12×18 matte heavy weight paper. I get these printed at my local print shop, Quick Print. They always turn out fantastic and I really like working with them.

Zombie Night 5

Zombie Night 5 poster © Chris Lane Photo

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29 May

Artists of Northwest Minnesota

Chris Lane / Art, Design, Painting, photography / / 0 Comments

Earlier this year I completed a print design project for the Northwest Regional Arts Council of Minnesota. This happens to be my local arts council so I was happy to work on it. The project was to design a booklet to feature all the local artists in a few counties in the region. Being a fine artist myself, I also chose to be featured within the booklet.
While working on this I had to work with my fellow artists to get everything together. There are 31 artists, besides myself, featured in this and all from different backgrounds and art styles. There are painting, ceramics, fabric, and photography artists.

Artists of Northwest Minnesota Cover

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24 Jan

Web design for photographers; a critique for Anthony Phung aka @APhungFoto

Chris Lane / Business, Critique, Design, photography / / 1 Comment

Anthony used my critique request form to ask for a critique not exactly of his work but of the way he shows his work, namely, his APhungFoto website.

Home page

The first thing I notice is the nice clean design. I like how big the images are, though one problem with this is that part of the photo is obscured “below the fold.” What this means is that I need to scroll down to see the entire photo. One way this could be improved is to decrease the size of the header. I like the header, especially if it is actually a personalized signature. I am guessing it is not, though? Regardless, it looks personal. Though “Foto” in papyrus does look tacked on.
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20 Dec

Zombie illustrations and a print review

Chris Lane / Design, illustration / / 1 Comment

Zombie Illustration

Today I have to show a set of zombie illustrations I made throughout the year. These are made for a private event as the invitation poster to give to a select few friends. I wanted to demonstrate first the posters then go in a little deeper and review the two different printing companies I used, shutterfly.com and docucopies.com.

The posters:
Zombie Night poster 1

Zombie Night poster 1 Close up

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