This time we will be trying to see some sources of influence and inspiration for minimalist graphics. As we all know, minimalism was originally an art trend from which general design, and graphic design as well, derived. It is more than natural, therefore, for graphic designers to look at some excellent examples o abstract art for inspiration. We mean to prove in this article that art and graphics are not two completely isolated fields and that many inter-relations are possible.

38 Pop Art Minimalist Style Film Poster Designs

A second point that we want to make is that simply placing a simple-lined image or a shape on a colored background and adding a title in a corner does not make a good minimalist poster. There are some very subtle compositional rules that one should keep in mind when designing such a poster and finding the perfect rapport between the elements is even more difficult because they are just a few. I have compared some film posters to some abstract paintings they might have been influenced by (more or less directly) in order to make a point about the importance of finding compositional balance between graphic elements.

I hope that putting them side by side will help you draw some conclusions about the good and the less inspired graphical choices. Every shape and color influences the way we perceive the one next to it and being able to see these subtleties is as much a question of practical experience as it is of visual culture. One finds huge inspiration not only in good graphics but also in pure art and I encourage not to miss at the genius works of the abstract painters sampled here, either- they will surely change the way you look at graphics and will give you an eye for the details that make a great design!

The painters chosen here actually belong to different artistic trends, from Suprematism to Abstract Expressionism or even Pop Art. I have mentioned them because there was a clear relation and similitude with the minimalist posters sampled, as you will see for yourself. Of course, one can discover many other influences in abstract art- if you can come up with some examples of your own, please mention them in the comments section below. I’d be glad to hear some new ideas!

The Wizard of Oz Movie Poster

The Wizard of Oz

Possible influence from Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko

Scarface, The Birds and The Craw Movie Posters

Scar Face and The Craw

Scar Face, Birds and The Craw

Scar Face and The Craw

Inspired by Lucio Fontana

Lucio Fontana

Lucio Fontana

Wolverine and Kill Bill

Wolverine and Kill Bill

Wolverine and Kill Bill

Inspired by Lucio Fontana

Lucio Fontana

The Planet of the Apes

The Planet of the Apes

Possible influence from Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Robocop and 2001, A Space Odyssey Movie Posters

Robocop

2001, A Space Odyssey

Inspired by Barnett Newman

Barnett Newman

North by Northwest Movie Poster

North by Northwest

Possible influence from Barnett Newman

Barnett Newman

Sherlock Holmes Movie Poster

Sherlock Holmes

Possible influence from Rene Magritte

Rene Magritte

American History and The Life of Brian Movie Posters

American History

The Life of Brian

Kazimir Malevich

Kazimir Malevich

Kazimir Malevich

Kazimir Malevich

Kazimir Malevich

Kazimir Malevich

Men in Black and The Great Dictator Movie Posters

Men in Black

The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator

Inspired by Kazimir Malevich

Kazimir Malevich

Kazimir Malevich

Kazimir Malevich

Superheroes Movie Posters – Spiderman, Superman, Hellboy and Catwoman

Spiderman

Superman

Hellboy

Batman

Catwoman

Possible influence from Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein

The Blair Witch Project Movie Poster

The Blair Witch Project

Inspired by Antoni Tapies

Antoni Tapies

Antoni Tapies

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