Criterion Designs is a superb collection of classy art work from the vaults of film distributor Criterion Collection, well known for its exquisite and high quality releases of classic and contemporary films.
Criterion commissions top designers and artists to create art work for each film cover, and the results are tasteful amalgamations of art, graphic design and typography, all the while staying true to the spirit and look of the original film.
The pictures below represent only a handful of the huge collection of art work featured in the book, collating some 30 years of art & design work with commissions from almost 100 guest artists.
(above) The book includes numerous gatefold page spreads featuring a more expansive version of the art work created for the films. (below) I also enjoy pages like these showcasing the sketch studies and variant designs.
(above) Illustrations for Wes Anderson’s films Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums by artist Eric Chase Anderson. The Royal Tenenbaums is my favourite Wes Anderson film – read the review for the Criterion blu-ray here.
(below) Art work for Lord Of The Flies by Kent Williams, who was also comissioned to create the art work for Rashomon. Also check out his art book Amalgam.
(above) Cover designs for Krysztof Kielowski’s film trilogy Three Colors, one of my favourite French films of all time.
Criterion Designs is not only a celebration of great cinema, art and design but also serves as a fantastic film recommendation list, of which I’ve only seen a handful. I fully intend to rectify that. With regards to the book, I give it my highest recommendations.
“Criterion Designs″ book details :
– Dimensions – 1.5 x 10.2 x 13.5 inches
– Hard cover, 306 pages
– Full color
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