An Exercise In Minimalism and the Use of Tension
When I started forming an interest in design, I became really fond of minimalism. Design movements like Modernism, Russian Constructivism, and the works of Bauhaus artists really sparked my interest for getting your point across using as little as possible. At the same time, while I was in college, many artists where starting to make pieces based off of popular culture that used this same style. Artists like Olly Moss would take something like Star Wars, and successfully capture the spirit of the film with very little detail.
This really struck a chord with me because I initially got in to design to become a poster artist for musicians. It was refreshing seeing someone taking a modern approach to their work. I decided that I would try it for myself.
I remember this being one of the first pieces of design I did for myself. I remember watching Inception and being so blown away by how bold the film was that I decided to make this poster. I decided to focus on the totem from the film, specifically it during the final scene of the film. *SPOILER ALERT*: In the final moments of the film, Leonardo Dicaprio’s character places his totem down on a desk and spins it. If the totem falls, he knows he is in the real world, but, if it keeps spinning he is still in a dream. Just as the totem shows signs of falling, the movie cuts to black and the credits roll. Brilliant! I decided this would be the perfect way to capture the film. Create an illustration of the totem and have it tilt slightly, barely noticeable. I feel like this was a great way to show tension on an almost subconscious level.