August 14, 2014 by Mod
Look, in the publishing industry there are conventions. Sometimes called cliches, sometimes called tropes, sometimes called stereotypes, we’ve all grown up with them around us, so it’s not surprising that they pop up in our work now and again.
Is that bad? I don’t think so. Many MANY successful books, movies, TV shows, ad campaigns and songs succeed because they tread a familiar and well loved path. Sometimes the cliche is the right choice.
Certainly as a designer, I occasionally find a rather “classical” cover design is the best for that project or idea. In the interest of showing people how cliche informs my work I thought I’d refer to this rather great blog post about movie posters and see how my work stacks up. Their list of movie poster cliches begins with:
1. Giant heads over a beach
2. From the Back
3. Big Text on Faces
4. Back to Back
5. In Bed
6. Through the Legs
7. Big Eye
Well… do big lips count?
Come on…who doesn’t love blue?
9. Running for their Lives
10. Cute Red Dress
Hey! Wait a second. I don’t have any benches. I need to get onto that.
12. Graphical Blindfolds
13. Yellow Indies
Everything is indie with me. And sometimes, it’s yellow.
14. Reflective Glasses
15. Women Looking Backward
I mean, who HASN’T done one of these?
Apparently when I do it, they’re green. Go figure.
I hope you’ve had fun with this. Go check out the original post for a few more laughs. And know that a groundbreaking and unique cover is what you’re after, I can certainly do that for you too.