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For the love of Kubrick | Cinémathèque Française

The Cinémathèque Française is currently running a major exhibition on Stanley Kubrick - and for the online part of the exhibition they have collated fan-art inspired by Kubrick's work...

The best Kubrick web creations
"The Cinémathèque française launches an ambitious project: to present on its website the best web creation on the Kubrick legend. Graphic artists, video artists, stylists, plastic artists: a whole generation of creative talents has turned to the work of Kubrick over the past 15 years, paying homage to him, questioning his work, remixing it, etc. The adoration of these artistes for Kubrick will be the occasion to highlight the modernity of a film director adopted by a host of netsurfers all over the world, and whose works will be united for the first time in the same place."

They have included three of my mock Kubrick book covers, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange and The Shining.
As well as being my favourite Kubrick films, they all contain layers of visual symbolism both iconic and open to personal interpretation.

"Reactions to art are always different because they are always deeply personal...the film becomes anything the viewer sees in it." (Stanley Kubrick)  

For the 2001: A Space Odyssey cover, I visualised the final space trip as it offered the most interesting and psychedelic space for graphical expression.

In the A Clockwork Orange cover I chose what I personally found the most visceral image, Alex's terrifying eye-popping "rehabilitation".

Finally, The Shining cover replicated the intense geometric carpet from the Overlook's corridors, suggesting menace on an almost unconscious graphical level.

Kubrick is Graphic, in all senses of the word - his filmmaking is a design process that realises his artistic vision. He distils every component, in every scene, in every film into exactly what it needs to be, meticulously crafting and reducing until what is left is the pure communication of its message. My aim for these fantasy covers was to produce a distilled, graphical image to represent each film and to place the style somewhere in the near past.

...and here's a sample of some of the cool and varied work in the online exhibition

Graphic Travel Ephemera from 1920's & 1930's



Austria, Germany, Hungary, Holland, Switzerland, Russia, Yugoslavia


This collection has blown me away (hence such a lot of images posted here!). Some beautiful, some dynamic, some quirky and odd but all really graphic and all capturing the exciting essense of travel from the era.

"My basic passion is paper items such as travel brochures, airline time-tables, ocean liner time-tables, auto road maps, luggage labels,  advertising, and graphic design publications from the 1920s and 1930s, primarily in Europe but also Asia..."

All from the fantastic collection by David Levine at
See his Flickr stream here:

Graphic Artist Raymond Savignac | France 1907-2002

I've recently been introduced to the deceptively simple, optimistic and humorous work of the late Raymond Savignac, 1907-2002 - who started under the direction of -  fantastic free mark-making style, characters and compositions which were popular in the French advertising industry of the last century.

Here's a collection of the 'Trouville-Sur-Mer' posters on the Normandy coast of France where Sauvignac spent his later years. His style is evident everywhere in Trouville - branding the Hotels, Shops, Casino's and Beaches - there is a line up of his work all down the beach board-walk, the style really adds to the historic, laid-back seaside town and really puts it on the map. 

A selection of work from Savignac's long career in advertising and graphic communication...

Poster archives: and

Trouville is sometimes overlooked due to being a stone's throw from Deauville the popular vacation spot for Coco Chanel during her affair with Boy Capel. The two opened her second shop there, which was the first place Chanel took the step from hat making to clothing. Deauville was the birth place of Chanel's clothing career.

Design Process: Experimental Jetset / Le Cent Quatre 2

Experimental Jetset explains the design process from initial requirements/workshop/clients likes & dislikes through to all the design elements in all their required scenarios - it's a really interesting look at a very intelligent & detailed design process that shows the amount of thought and iteration that goes into designing a graphic brand.

Also, download the final styleguide at the bottom of the page: "The final and complete graphic manual ('charte graphique'). It was developed in installments; every time a certain design or template was approved, we added it to the manual. Sometimes the city council rejected something, months after the directors had already approved it; in that case, we didn't remove the design from the manual, but just added another chapter, in which we negated the previous chapter. In that sense, it's a manual that really shows the development of the graphic identity; it shows not only the remaining, 'winning' parts, but also the rejected proposals, and the failures."