I was wandering around the shop at the Southbank Centre a couple of weeks ago when I spotted a series of graphic posters inspired by iconic films and television series. It was the Breaking Bad print that caught my eye; we’d just finished a marathon viewing of the box set and I was feeling somewhat bereft, with a huge Walt and Jesse-sized hole in my life.
But then I spied the other posters in the series, all equally brilliant and, of course, that meant having to choose one over the others which was just too hard. They’re bold and contemporary, but have a classic quality too (like the subject matter). All of them are clever, but some are particularly witty. I’m perpetually in awe of how graphic designers can encapsulate the most complicated of ideas and subjects in the simplest of images.
Needless to say, I left without buying one, but happily I’ve since discovered the website and online shop of the artist, Cardiff-based Matt Needle, so I can deliberate at my leisure. Here are some of my favourites …
There’s a good mix of new films and contemporary TV series, along with classics such as The Fly and Manhattan, above, and a whole series of Alfred Hitchock’s most famous movies – see below.
Matt’s future career seemed predestined; this is how he describes his early years:
“Born under a black sun in 1987, I was Firmly Enamored by the world of Art, Comics, TV shows and Movies from a young age. Always sketching all manner of things, redrawing my favorite scenes from films (in crayon nonetheless!!!)”.
He went on to train as a graphic designer and illustrator and now works as a freelancer for clients such as 21st Century Fox, Time Out New York, Big Chill Festival, Enterprise Car Rental, Chelsea Flower Show, Wired and CNN.
Visit Matt’s print store Needle Design to see the whole range and to buy online. I’m still trying to make up my mind …