To showcase its amazing image library and inspire creatives, Shutterstock challenges its designers to create poster designs for various events/occasions. These initiatives are picked up by numerous media sites such as Buzzfeed, Mashable, Digital Trends, Ooyuz, etc. Below are a few of my contributions
For Oscar Pop 2017, I got to design a poster for an amazing movie, Lion. Lion is about Saroo, a 5-year-old boy who got lost and grew up in a foreign country, eventually finding his way home years later using Google Earth and his scattered memories. That sense of chaos and fragmentation reminded me of Bruce Gray’s work. I matched the segmented circles from Gray’s paintings with a key element from Lion, the Jalebi, an Indian dessert that triggered memories of home for Saroo.
For Shutterstock 2016 Oscar Pop, I picked the movie "The Big Short." The movie takes a comedic approach to a dark subject, and I wanted to portray the same witty, chaotic vibe in my poster. Keith Haring was my inspiration because his high-contrast, brightly colored political work, which touches on grim subjects like rape, death, and war, hinges on the same contrast as the film. The poster is based on the film’s alligator-in-an-abandoned-pool scene; the alligator represents the main characters in the movie, who took advantage of the 2008 housing bubble and left the world in desperation when it burst.
In conjunction with ADC and Monotype‘s Typography and Lettering Month, Shutterstock Designers designed for "Man of Words: A Shakespeare Alphabet" to honor the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. My poster designs are for "Rose-cheeked," "Shooting Star," and "Watch Dog."