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The Poster Boys are Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith, two designers who get together and discuss all things graphic design, share their influences, and explore and celebrate the titans of poster design history. Schaefer and Smith both work as poster designers in today’s film industry, working with clients including The Criterion Collection, IFCFilms, Oscilloscope, Death Waltz Recording Company, and Janus Films. Look as you listen by following theposterboys.tumblr.com.

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The Poster Boys are Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith, two designers who get together and discuss all things graphic design, share their influences, and explore and celebrate the titans of poster design history. Schaefer and Smith both work as poster designers in today’s film industry, working with clients including The Criterion Collection, IFCFilms, Oscilloscope, Death Waltz Recording Company, and Janus Films. Look as you listen by following theposterboys.tumblr.com.

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This podcast is my poster school!

By sorina v - Feb 11 2019
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Couldn’t be more excited to discover this niche podcast. As a designer looking to get into posters for film there few centralized resources dedicated to the art of the poster. Yes it is long but I kinda love the length and tangents because drawing takes forever and this is the perfect pair to art. Thank you guys for putting this together !

The Poster Boys are Wonderful

By midamrauder - Aug 05 2016
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Wonderful Podcast by 2 Talented designers that I respect and Admire. Inspirations Galore !!

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135 Ratings
Average Ratings
121
14
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This podcast is my poster school!

By sorina v - Feb 11 2019
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Couldn’t be more excited to discover this niche podcast. As a designer looking to get into posters for film there few centralized resources dedicated to the art of the poster. Yes it is long but I kinda love the length and tangents because drawing takes forever and this is the perfect pair to art. Thank you guys for putting this together !

The Poster Boys are Wonderful

By midamrauder - Aug 05 2016
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Wonderful Podcast by 2 Talented designers that I respect and Admire. Inspirations Galore !!
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The Poster Boys

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The Poster Boys are Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith, two designers who get together and discuss all things graphic design, share their influences, and explore and celebrate the titans of poster design history. Schaefer and Smith both work as poster designers in today’s film industry, working with clients including The Criterion Collection, IFCFilms, Oscilloscope, Death Waltz Recording Company, and Janus Films. Look as you listen by following theposterboys.tumblr.com.

Rank #1: 9: The Criterion Collection

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This month, The Poster Boys celebrate the efforts behind the Criterion Collection in bringing the best classic and contemporary films to cinephiles across the country. Sam talks with esteemed designer F. Ron Miller about his career and the work he’s done with Criterion, while the boys each share and discuss ten of their favorite Criterion cover designs from the collection. Plus, some surprise guests chime in with their own picks.

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Criterion Designs Criterion Designs posts at Criterion.com Aesthetic Apparatus interview at CriterionCast Eric Skillman on designing The Man Who Knew Too Much F. Ron Miller on designing 3 Films by Rosselini F. Ron Miller on designing Safety Last F. Ron Miller on designing Lonesome F. Ron Miller on designing The 39 Steps F. Ron Miller on designing Anatomy of a Murder F. Ron Miller on designing Kiss Me Deadly Jason Hardy on designing Rosselini’s War Trilogy Designer of the Week: Jason Hardy Sam Smith on designing Modern Times

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” opening theme, The Children by John Barry, The 39 Steps Opening Titles, Rossellini's Journey To Italy, Les Quatre Cents Coups (The 400 Blows), Smile from Modern Times.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb.

Aug 19 2015
2 hours 17 mins
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Rank #2: 39: Ingmar Bergman

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In honor of Janus Films’ centennial retrospective of Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema, the Poster Boys survey the film posters of the influential and iconic Swedish auteur. From arthouse classics like THE SEVENTH SEAL and CRIES AND WHISPERS to overseas sensations SUMMER WITH MONIKA and PERSONA, Bergman’s films saw creative and visionary poster designs in Germany, Poland, Japan, Italy, the Czech Republic, and the US, providing a veritable international poster tour for listeners and cinephiles this month.

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The Headless Women Project Hall of Femmes Klimowski Poster Book Movie Poster of the Week: the Best of Bergman Movie Poster of the Week: “Wild Strawberries” and the posters of Jerzy Flisak

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” opening theme, Schumann Piano Quintet, op. 44 in E-flat major (2nd movement), It's You I Like by Fred Rogers

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb.

Mar 30 2018
2 hours 21 mins
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Rank #3: 42: Movie Posters of the 80’s - Part 1

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This summer, The Poster Boys take an extended trip back to the movie theatre lightboxes and video stores of their childhoods, and survey the Movie Posters of the 80’s in a two-part spectacular. In Part I, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith comment on trends in 80’s poster design, titles, typography, and branding, holding both photo-based designs and richly illustrated painted works on the same playing field as pieces of key art worthy of both nostalgic remembrance and fresh objectivity.

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People Only Die of Love in Movies: Film Writing by Jim Ridley Trajan: How one typeface took over movie posters Mondo to Release JAWS Screenprint based on Roger Kastel’s original missing painting

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; “Bod Boy by Miami Sound Machine; Waves by Debbie Lytton.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb.

Jul 02 2018
1 hour 45 mins
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Rank #4: 50: The 50 Greatest Movie Posters Ever!

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If you could preserve only fifty movie posters, what would they be? For their 50th episode, The Poster Boys try to answer that question for themselves by traveling back through the last 100+ years of key art from around the globe to select fifty of their favorites. From 1920’s Sweden to the US in the present day, Brandon and Sam discuss what they’d save and why they’d leave certain posters behind.

The Poster Boys are now offering bonus episodes and exclusive content on Patreon in addition to their regular episodes. For these episodes plus much more exclusive bonus content, visit Patreon.com/theposterboys.

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The Blog of F Ron Miller Twitter’s Favorite Movie Posters Ever Made

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; Hot And Cold by Jermaine Stewart from WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S (1989).

Thank you to our patrons: Aschley Fish, Jay Shaw, Max A. Butler, Keenan Luciani, Makiko, Midnight Marauder, Bryan West, Dylan Marchetti, Jacob Lindström, Matthew McCarthy, DRW, Dafna Pleban, Robert Ewing, Tim Cook, Juan Motoa, Andrew Elmore, Daniel Mouton, Neven Udovicic, Matt McKee, Scott Saslow.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Produced by Adrian Cobb

Support The Poster Boys on Patreon!

Feb 28 2019
3 hours 36 mins
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Rank #5: 52: Marvel Movie Poster Spectacular

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As AVENGERS: ENDGAME hits theatres, The Poster Boys reflect on eleven years of theatrical posters promoting the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Highlighting the various and changing agencies that handled these enormous Hollywood campaigns, as well as the colorful alternative posters commissioned in partner with Mondo and IMAX, Brandon and Sam point out aesthetic trends, hits and misses, and attempt to shatter some of the myths about poster-making on this supersized scale.

The Poster Boys are now offering bonus episodes and exclusive content on Patreon in addition to their regular episodes. For these episodes plus much more exclusive bonus content, visit Patreon.com/theposterboys.

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Hat & Beard Press - The Art of Akiko Stehrenberger Neflix: Rilakkuma & Kaoru

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme, All The Stars by Kendrick Lamar & SZA from BLACK PATHER (2018)

Thank you to our patrons: John Paino, Aschley Fish, Jay Shaw, Makiko, Midnight Marauder, Dylan Marchetti, Ben Toupein, Jacob Lindström, Scott Saslow, Matthew McCarthy, Matt McKee, DRW, Dafna Pleban, Max A. Butler, Robert Ewing, Juan Motoa, Unsupervised Kids, Tim Cook, Daniel Mouton, Marie Julian, Neven Udovicic, Bryan West, Nico, Andrew Elmore.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Produced by Adrian Cobb

Support The Poster Boys on Patreon!

Apr 26 2019
2 hours 18 mins
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Rank #6: 46: Italian Horror

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After opening the Flat File on Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA for their Patreon supporters last month, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith survey the macabre visions of Italian Horror film posters. These wild and weird designs, much like Argento, Bava, Martino, and Fulci’s films themselves, tap into the highest and lowest measures of aesthetics, from the sleaziest to the sublime.

The Poster Boys are now offering bonus episodes and exclusive content on Patreon in addition to their regular episodes. For these episodes plus much more exclusive bonus content, visit Patreon.com/theposterboys.

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Alphaville Design Lazy Dog Press - Pittori di cinema Silver Ferox Design Made in Hell: A Pictoral Voyage Through Italian Horror Renato Casaro Sandro Simeoni Manfredo Acerbo Ercole Brini Giuliano Nistri Anselmo Ballester Silvano Campeggi

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; PROFONDO ROSSO theme by Goblin; “Head Over Heels” by Douglas Meakin from AENIGMA.

Thank you to our patrons: Aschley Fish, Jay Shaw, Juan Motoa, Max A. Butler, Andrew Elmore, Logan Norris, Natalie Slack, Makiko, Midnight Marauder, Jacob Lindström, Matt McKee, Tim Cook, Neven Udovicic, Scott Saslow.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Produced by Adrian Cobb.

Support The Poster Boys on Patreon!

Oct 29 2018
2 hours 3 mins
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Rank #7: 41: Bill Gold Advertising

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With the recent passing of Bill Gold, The Poster Boys look back on the design studio headed by one of the biggest names in film advertising for over 40 years. From Casablanca to Mystic River, Brandon and Sam touch on Gold’s early days as an in-house designer at Warner Bros. before diving into the numerous film poster campaigns he and his collaborators created for some of cinema’s most enduring works. After the Bill Gold Advertising studio tour, the boys open up the Flat File to take a quick look at the posters for the 1973 horror classic, The Exorcist.

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The Legacy of Interview Magazine Robert Indiana - LOVE Kickstarter: Unit Editions - Herb Lubalin: American Graphic Designer FreelanceWars Bill Gold: PosterWorks Bill Gold, Iconic Master of the Movie Poster Meet Movie Poster Master Bill Gold AFI Interview with Bill Gold Mike Kaplan - How Stanley Kubrick Kept His Eye on the Budget, Down to the Orange Juice Dan Perri - Art of the Title Career Retrospective

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; “Straight, No Chaser by Thelonious Monk.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb.

May 31 2018
2 hours 16 mins
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Rank #8: 44: Seven Samurai

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Coinciding with the launching of The Poster Boys on Patreon (patreon.com/theposterboys), this month designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith are changing it up! Hitting the drawing board to unveil original posters designs for SEVEN SAMURAI, as chosen by listeners, the boys discuss their design process, celebrating the unique, different approaches designers can take to honor Akira Kurosawa’s classic film in the form of a fresh and iconic poster. They also open the Flat File to look at the other SEVEN SAMURAI posters from around the world. Top-level patrons in the Poster Boys’ new Patreon community can own these posters themselves as commemorative gifts, among other rewards and exclusive offerings. To support the Poster Boys and join their family of friends, patrons, and producers, visit patreon.com/theposterboys.

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Saul Bass Archive at film/art gallery.

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; Seven Samurai original score by Fumio Hayasaka.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Produced by Adrian Cobb.

Support The Poster Boys on Patreon!

Sep 11 2018
1 hour 56 mins
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Rank #9: 49: John Alvin

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Kicking off the start of a new year, The Poster Boys dive into the work of the legendary poster art of John Alvin, who found notoriety as an artist at Intralink Film and Graphic Design before establishing Alvin & Associates with his wife Andrea in the early 1990s. From Blade Runner to Beauty and the Beast, Brandon and Sam look back on and discuss the process behind some of the most iconic film posters ever created between the mid-1970s all the way through the early 2000s.

The Poster Boys are now offering bonus episodes and exclusive content on Patreon in addition to their regular episodes. For these episodes plus much more exclusive bonus content, visit Patreon.com/theposterboys.

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John Alvin Art The Art of Andrea Alvin ArtInsights Interview with John Alvin ArtInsights Gallery - Alvin Originals Titan Books Interview with Andrea Alvin The Art of Movie Posters: Interview with Andrea Alvin Amblin Road: Interview with Andrea Alvin The Hidden History of the Jurassic Park Logo by Craig Caro The Art of Bob Pepper (CORRECTION: Bob Pepper did not recently pass away, as Sam said on the show; He has been passed away for a long while! We apologize for the goof, and recommend you check out his art nonetheless!)

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; Remembering Childhood from HOOK (1991); The Goonies 'R' Good Enough from THE GOONIES (1985).

Thank you to our patrons: Jay Shaw, Aschley Fish, Max A. Butler, Midnight Marauder, Makiko, Jacob Lindström, Matthew McCarthy, DRW, Scott Saslow, Matt McKee, Dafna Pleban, Robert Ewing, Juan Motoa, Tim Cook, Andrew Elmore, Daniel Mouton, Neven Udovicic, Logan Norris.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Produced by Adrian Cobb

Support The Poster Boys on Patreon!

Jan 31 2019
2 hours 8 mins
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Rank #10: 45: Akiko Stehrenberger

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The Poster Boys interview one of the most accomplished and multitalented movie poster artists working today: Akiko Stehrenberger. Jumping between styles from the photorealistic (including her award-winning FUNNY GAMES poster listed by Adrian Curry as the best movie poster of the decade) to the playful (in winking illustrated spoofs on National Lampoon and Yellow Submarine) to deceptively simple photographic solutions, Akiko works independently with filmmakers and clients as well as with shops and agencies to produce truly stunning and unique key art with a human touch and a visionary, often times surreal, aesthetic voice. After speaking with Akiko on her process and more, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith also talk about their favorite Akiko designs.

The Poster Boys are now offering bonus episodes and exclusive content on Patreon in addition to their regular episodes. For these episodes plus much more exclusive bonus content, visit Patreon.com/theposterboys.

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Akikomatic Akiko on Instagram Movie Poster of the Week: an Interview with “Funny Games” Poster Designer Akiko Stehrenberger Akiko’s Top Ten Favorite Posters

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” opening theme; Mica Levi - “Love” from the UNDER THE SKIN original soundtrack; Steven Hufsteter - “ Love Theme” from the KISS OF THE DAMNED original soundtrack.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Produced by Adrian Cobb.

Support The Poster Boys on Patreon!

Oct 01 2018
1 hour 32 mins
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Rank #11: 10: Jay Shaw

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This month, The Poster Boys take a break by sitting down and having a chat with Mondo creative director Jay Shaw about the role of film art in the 21st century. Together they discuss some of Jay's favorite posters and title sequences, as well as the differences between the work done by Mondo and traditional one-sheets. They also dive into the process behind getting challenging art out to the public and whether or not it has a place in advertising blockbuster films, and close the episode out by opening the Flat File to compare key art from 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Also, Sam introduces a new segment!

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Jay Shaw Mondo Bullitt title sequence Final Destination 5 title sequence

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” opening theme, Hole In My Heart by Cyndi Lauper, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS original score by Denny Zeitlin.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb.

Sep 17 2015
2 hours 3 mins
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Rank #12: 51: Q&A with Sam and Brandon

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Q&A time!! For the first episode after 50, The Poster Boys answer questions about posters, process, design, clients, movies, life, and everything in between. A special to thanks to the listeners who reached out and helped make this episode possible!

The Poster Boys are now offering bonus episodes and exclusive content on Patreon in addition to their regular episodes. For these episodes plus much more exclusive bonus content, visit Patreon.com/theposterboys.

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Scott Saslow Bryan West DRW Neven Udovičić Midnight Marauder JefCaine Daniel Norris Akiko Stehrenberger

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme.

Thank you to our patrons: Aschley Fish, Jay Shaw, Keenan Luciani, Max A. Butler, Midnight Marauder, Makiko, Dylan Marchetti, Ben Toupein, Jacob Lindström, Scott Saslow, Matthew McCarthy, Matt McKee, DRW, Dafna Pleban, Juan Motoa, Unsupervised Kids - Juan, Robert Ewing, Tim Cook, Andrew Elmore, Daniel Mouton, Bryan West, Neven Udovicic

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Produced by Adrian Cobb

Support The Poster Boys on Patreon!

Mar 29 2019
2 hours 49 mins
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Rank #13: 11: Penguin Books

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This month, the Poster Boys look back at 45 years of design history at Penguin Books. From the company’s early years under the direction of typographer Jan Tschichold all the way to the end of the 1970’s with art director David Pelham, the prominent UK publishing house maintained a reliable brand identity underscored by countless striking book covers. Inspired by one such design, the boys also take their monthly dip into the Flat File to look more closely at the poster artwork for Stanley Kubrick’s A CLOCKWORK ORANGE.

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AIGA’s Eye on Design Blog We Buy Your Kids Mobil Masterpiece/a> Penguin By Design by Phil Baines Penguin by Designers and The Penguin Collectors Society Jan Tschichold - Penguin Composition Rules A Smile in the Mind by Beryl McAlhone and David Stuart Penguin Science Fiction Pelham Science Fiction

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” opening theme, March from A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and Title Music from A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Walter Carlos.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb.

Oct 16 2015
1 hour 41 mins
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Rank #14: 48: 2018 In Review

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Designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith round up the most notable movie posters of 2018, celebrating some of their personal favorites while reflecting on general trends in key art, festival posters, design agencies, and other aspects of the industry.

The Poster Boys are now offering bonus episodes and exclusive content on Patreon in addition to their regular episodes. For these episodes plus much more exclusive bonus content, visit Patreon.com/theposterboys.

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Adam Maida interview

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; Has Ended by Thom Yorke from SUSPIRIA (2018).

Thank you to our patrons: Jay Shaw, Aschley Fish, Max A. Butler, Midnight Marauder, Makiko, Jacob Lindström, Matt McKee, Scott Saslow, DRW, Matthew McCarthy, Juan Motoa, Tim Cook, Dafna Pleban, Andrew Elmore, Neven Udovicic, Logan Norris, Daniel Mouton.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Support The Poster Boys on Patreon!

Dec 28 2018
2 hours 14 mins
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Rank #15: 47: Philip Gips

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This month, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith do a little detective work uncovering the key art designed by Philip Gips, a business partner of acclaimed advertising director Stephen Frankfurt, including iconic and famous poster designs for ROSEMARY’S BABY, DOWNHILL RACER, and ALIEN among others previously attributed to Frankfurt. Gips, who also designed the ESPN logo, was a key member of the New York design community in the late 60’s that fostered contemporaries such as Saul Bass. In this podcast, he is celebrated and reframed as an unsung legend of modern poster design.

The Poster Boys are now offering bonus episodes and exclusive content on Patreon in addition to their regular episodes. For these episodes plus much more exclusive bonus content, visit Patreon.com/theposterboys.

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Yan Jhen-Fa: the Last Film Poster Painter of Taiwan Cotta & Los Libros del Mirasol Pablo Ferro - A Career Retrospective Movie Poster of the Week: “Khrustalyov, My Car!” and the Posters of Andrzej Klimowski Gips Associates Movie Poster of the Week: The Movie Posters of Stephen Frankfurt

The Poster Boys give special thanks to Phil and Barbara Gips, and to Dana Gips for her assistance, insights, and generosity.

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; Into the Groove by Madonna from Desperately Seeking Susan.

Thank you to our patrons: Aschley Fish, Jay Shaw, Juan Motoa, Max A. Butler, Andrew Elmore, Logan Norris, Natalie Slack, Makiko, Midnight Marauder, Jacob Lindström, Matt McKee, Scott Saslow, DRW, Dafna Pleban, Tim Cook, Daniel Mouton, Neven Udovicic.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Produced by Adrian Cobb.

Support The Poster Boys on Patreon!

Nov 27 2018
1 hour 55 mins
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Rank #16: 40: Czechoslovak Film Posters

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This month, The Poster Boys take a second trip back to eastern Europe after the second world war to look at the history behind the rise and decline of the Czechoslovak film poster. Brandon and Sam weave in and out through the late 1940s down through the early 1990s to shed some light on the the world the artists of post-war Czechoslovakia inhabited and the designs they created for some of cinema’s most treasured films. A special thanks to Jozef of www.jozefsquare.com for his help in researching this episode.

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Folklore Film Posters Terry Posters Jozefsquare Czech Film Posters of the 20th Century by Marta Sylvestrova Flashback: Czech and Slovak Film Posters 1959-1989 Milos Forman - Regis dialogue with Scott Foundas Movie Poster of the Week: Milos Forman’s “Loves of a Blonde” and “The Fireman’s Ball” Movie Poster of the Week: “Une femme douce” and the Posters of Olga Poláčková-Vyleťalová

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; “Strip Teas” by Jiří Šlitr & Jiří Šust, from the Sedmikrásky (Daisies) soundtrack.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb.

Apr 30 2018
2 hours 19 mins
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Rank #17: 43: Movie Posters of the 80’s - Part 2

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In Part II of The Poster Boys’ 80’s movie poster spectacular, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith pick up right where they left off last month, hand-selecting and discussing their favorite Movie Posters of the 1980’s, from the remarkable illustrated work of John Alvin (EMPIRE OF THE SUN) and Robert Tanenbaum (ERNEST GOES TO CAMP) to the iconic and enduring power of designs for 80’s classics like GHOSTBUSTERS and E.T., not to mention the decade’s most uncanny horror film posters, from FRIDAY THE 13TH to THE VISITOR, finding new appreciation for a transitional period in poster design.

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Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; “Invincible” by Pat Benetar from THE LEGEND OF BILLY JEAN.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Jul 30 2018
2 hours 7 mins
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Rank #18: 38: Barbara Kruger

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After a small break due to technical difficulties, The Poster Boys are back! This month, Brandon and Sam dive into the work of renowned artist Barbara Kruger, looking back to the beginning of her career as a designer to see how she used her training as an art director at Condé Nast to bridge the gap between fine art and graphic design. From posters to billboards to editorial art, the boys discuss some of their favorite pieces, and examine how form and content can be used as a force for good.

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Edel Rodriguez - Meet the Preeminent Illustrator of the Trump Era Barbara Kruger in Her Own Words Barbara Kruger Forever (Feb 2, 2018) Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You Barbara Kruger

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” opening theme, audio excerpts from “Barbara Kruger in her own words” (National Gallery of Art).

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb.

Feb 27 2018
1 hour 30 mins
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Rank #19: 37: Best of 2017

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The Poster Boys discuss the 2017 Year in Movie Posters. Designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith select the theatrical posters, teasers, and campaigns that caught their eye this year, discussing design trends, film branding, the importance of context when comparing agency work to freelance work, and reflecting on their own personal experiences as poster designers in 2017.

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Graphic Design Criticism as a Spectator Sport by Michael Bierut

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” opening theme.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb.

Dec 21 2017
2 hours 15 mins
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Rank #20: 36: Holiday Gift Guide

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It’s an extra special light episode centered almost entirely around dead trees! This month, Brandon and Sam try something a little different in time for the holidays: they look at some of their favorite art and design related books published (or found) throughout the year and do their best to suggest them as gifts, while making impassioned arguments for local libraries along the way.

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Visit theposterboys.tumblr.com to for links to our holiday gift selections.

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” opening theme, O Tannenbaum and Christmas Time Is Here by Vince Guaraldi from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb.

Nov 24 2017
1 hour 27 mins
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