An introduction to these posters by Michael Schwab came across my wire in today’s Daily Heller e-mail/posting. I’ve always been a big fan of Schwab, long before I knew I wanted to pursue a livelihood in the creative arena. I remember when I was much younger purchasing a lapel pin of his Alcatraz Lighthouse piece while visiting my Aunt in California and to this day I still have that pin. Now that I’ve narrowed down some semblance of what it is I actually want to do with my time on the face of the earth, I’ve obviously encountered his work numerous times over the past decade or so.
I’m attracted to his work because he’s a master of simplicity and knows what notes not to play. The restraint and ability to strip down his compositions to only the essential form while still making his subject matter and locations immediately recognizable is no easy feat to accomplish. He’s possesses an attention to detail that cannot be taught and a style that doesn’t age as design trends change. In terms of these Turner Classic Movies posters, his combination of type, form and color immediately brings to mind a picture of the films he is referencing. There is no superfluous static in his compositions that hinders one from remembering Steve McQueen flying through the streets of San Francisco as Bullitt.