Minimalist posters for TV shows

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Last week, I blogged about Justin Van Genderen's delightful series of minimalist Star Wars posters. In a similar vein are Austrian designer Albert Exergian's TV show posters "created out of a love for posters, modernism, and television." Prints are for sale at Blanka. Iconic TV (Thanks, Lisa Mumbach, via /Film)


  1. I’m glad they had some text to explain that the one on the left is “The Simpsons”. I would have guessed “Twin Peaks”.

    1. “I would have thought “Peanuts.”

      LOL! That was my first thought as well. The second one made me think of “The Office.”

  2. I’ve been very underwhelmed by some of these minimalist collections I’ve seen blogged here, but this one was awesome.

  3. A lot of those are hard to decipher. The point of all these minimalistic approaches should tell the viewer what he needs to know about the show with the lease amount of visual data, not make him have to guess what it is he’s suppose to be looking at.

    I doubt anyone would ever be able to guess half of those posters.

    1. The only one that was a show that I’ve watched that took me a while was the Sopranos one. It’s a birdseye view of the table outside of Satriani’s where a great deal of scenes take place.

      I think the point of them is to represent something very iconic from the show in a clever and minimalist way, and I think most of these ones do a very good job of that. All of the ones I didn’t get were from shows I’ve never watched.

  4. Would someone kindly explain the Mad Men illustration to me? I watch the show regularly, and have no idea what this minimalist illustration is supposed to represent.

  5. I guess it depends on what you decide the target audience for the art is. If you were trying to to interest people who haven’t yet watched the show, most of them fail. Especially because minimizing everything removes the ability to use genre signifiers, like lighting and texture to help distinguish the comedies from dramas, from adventure, etc.

    If it’s supposed to make people who have already watched the show feel clever for getting the reference, then they mostly work.

      1. An exercise in minimalism needs a goal. It’s asking the question, “What’s the most minimal this item can be and still achieve X?” I was just speculating for different values of X.

  6. Never would have got the simpsons one. If had been 9 or points it would have been good. This just looks like an M.

    I would have gone with a simple 3 fingered 1 thumbed hand.

    The skins one is stupid. The union jack because the show is English and set in England. Pink and yellow because it’s trendy and hip? Why don’t nearly all the other ones consist of variations of the stars and stripes?

    The Dexter, night rider and McGuyver ones are great. The sopranos one is quite clever too.

  7. I like these, but I think the “minimalist redesigns of X” meme is getting frighteningly close to jumping the shark.

  8. Since there is more than one person confused about it, I think I should add that the Simpson’s poster is in reference to Homer’s “M” hair, not Bart’s.

  9. A Charlie Brown logo would have a very thick black line; would form a W, not an M (or even WW); and would have a bit more red in the background. I would say the background for the Simpsons poster is a bit too bright, it should be duller or browner, the cartoon skin color is distinctive. The M was featured in one of The Simpsons redux shows — allegedly M is for Matt, as in Groening, and Homer’s ear nearly makes a G, to finish it off.

    Anyway some of those posters are a hoot! I liked Charlie’s Angels, that took a sec.

  10. @ boingboing
    thank you for posting my work on your blog.
    it’s an honor.

    @ everyone
    thank you for the (more or less) overall positive response.

    @ the posters in general
    how do you filter down a split second of a five season tv show like i.e. the wire to make a relevant statement about the complexity, conflict and social tragedy? its completely impossible – its naive to think you can. so the posters are my personal point of view. nothing more, nothing less. but please feel free to do it better … much better … make it wonderful

    @ simpsons poster
    from wikipedia: when groening originally designed homer, he put his initials into the character’s hairline and ear: the hairline resembled an ‘M’, and the right ear resembled a ‘G’. groening decided that this would be too distracting though, and redesigned the ear to look normal.

    @ simular designs
    it seems that there are several simular projects out there, mainly on the theme of movies, music and games. you can find some of them here:
    i personally like the posters designed by brandon schaefer and darren firth.

    all the best,
    albert exergian

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