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The 3 Most Prevalent Movie Poster Design Trends of 2011

By Tara Hornor



Well, the big summer blockbusters have come and gone at this point. With Harry Potter’s last installment over with and the latest round of Marvel movies exiting theaters everywhere, we’re wondering if there’s anything to look forward to for the rest of the year!

The good news is that we have had lots of movies in 2011, so we have lots of designs to analyze. For decades, the big marketing mogul of movies has been posters. So what’s been happening? Here’s a look at some trends we’ve spotted over the course of the year.

The Montage is Gone

This isn’t entirely true, but check out these popular blockbuster poster designs that shunned the trusted montage:


There are TONS of Marvel movies out! As such, they are trend-setters and have a consistent, branded look they have created which tends to lean towards the high-contrast, HDR style:

Simple is Back

A final trend that stuck out is the simple look. Many movies opted for an early version of their posters with simple designs – often only a stylized logo.

2011 had some interesting trends in movie poster design! What trends have you spotted? Anything earth-shattering that has changed the way you design posters?

Tara Hornor has a degree in English and has found her niche writing about marketing, advertising, branding, graphic design, and desktop publishing. She is a Senior Editor for Creative Content Experts, a company that specializes in guest blogging and building backlinks. In addition to her writing career, Tara also enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

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