Monday, April 16, 2012

Green Day: American Idiot

For me, this Green Day cover has it all. For starters, the concept is wonderfully symbolic and extremely effective. The solid planes of the hand and heart-shaped grenade create an excellent visual energy when contrasted with the textured titles. The design itself is one of those "so-simple-I-wish-I'd-thought-of-it" designs, reminiscent of Saul Bass and just plain gorgeous. With just two colours, this design has achieved so much; it is truly an inspiration for any designer... Though again, certainly owes the invention of its style to the earlier Saul Bass posters. The bold and sharp planes, the simplistic imagery... See below to judge for yourself. 

Green Day album: American Idiot

The Man With the Golden Arm (Saul Bass movie poster)

Anatomy of a Murder (Saul Bass movie poster)

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