The vast majority of design projects are meant to be warm, friendly, and appealing to customers, which is why some designers relish a sharp change of pace in their work and an opportunity to show off creativity and skills that are rarely called upon for their typical projects.
That’s not to say that dark, eerie designs can’t be appealing. In fact, they can be among the most appealing designs due to the strong, visceral feelings of fear and fascination that they elicit. There are millions of warm, friendly designs jockeying for attention, so many that they can blend together and have a numbing effect that fosters indifference in observers. But, a twisted, ominous design can be — for lack of a better word — shocking to viewers in such a delightful, exquisite way.
Today, I’ve got twenty-two carefully-chosen horror designs to make you squirm, cringe, and cower. Proceed below if you dare.
Andre de Freitas
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Have you ever been tasked with a Halloween or horror-inspired design? Do you have any favorites from the list or have other designs you want to share?
Gabrielle is a freelance graphic designer, animator, photographer and filmmaker who has taken on various projects including creating logos for clients, animating commercials for film festivals, working as a character and background designer and animating music videos for an international music artist.