Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Lady Chuck

Recently there was a contest to design a poster for the release of a new Chuck Palahniuk book via Doubleday. The book is entitled "Tell-All", here's a little copy about the book:

"Soaked, nay, marinated in the world of vintage Hollywood, Tell-All is a Sunset Boulevard–inflected homage to Old Hollywood when Bette Davis and Joan Crawford ruled the roost; a veritable Tourette’s syndrome of rat-tat-tat name-dropping, from the A-list to the Z-list; and a merciless send-up of Lillian Hellman’s habit of butchering the truth that will have Mary McCarthy cheering from the beyond"

The subtitle is ""Boy meets girl. Boy gets girl. Boy kills girl!" 

 so the book involves murder of some sort and they wanted the poster to be a little dark.
They also wanted to have a 50's movie poster feel since it takes in that era.

So I went with the following, a blood red color scheme, a simple but powerful typography, with the l's smearing almost like blood on a wall. And a female silhouette sporting a 50's hairstyle. Out of 110 people submitting 417 posters, my poster was among the top contenders, but ultimately another poster was chosen. Too bad! it would have been nice to give something back to the man who gave us FIGHT CLUB! (crap I just broke the first rule!) Plus the $1,200 they were offering would have been nice as well.

UPDATE, I just found out as a runner-up I'm getting a free copy of the book, nice!

1 comment: