Design Inspiration for ‘Star Wars’ Geeks
Don’t underestimate the Force.
No movie inspires graphic designers and artists as much as the “Star Wars” movies. Every day there is a new fan video on YouTube, a new T-shirt or funny bumper sticker for sale or a cool art design making the rounds on the Web. TV shows such as “Family Guy” and “Robot Chicken” have done entire episodes based on “Star Wars.” Weird Al even wrote a song about the “Star Wars” movies!
Here are 11 different designs inspired by “Stars Wars,” and, of course, may the Force be with you.
Tsuneo Sanda Star Wars Art
Renowned Japanese artist Tsuneo Sanda has been inspired by “Star Wars” since the original movie hit theaters in 1977. He is widely regarded as one of the top “Star Wars”-influenced artists around and has even been commissioned to create art for Lucasfilm.
Justin Van Gendersen created a series of minimalist posters based on galaxies in the “Star Wars” universe. With its desert coloring and two suns, my favorite is for Luke Skywalker’s home planet, Tatooine.
Ice Caves of Hoth
A retro-style parody of the old TWA travel posters, “Visit the Ice Caves of Hoth.”
J.M. Saubert used “Star Wars” for her inspiration in her spoof of the infamous iPod ads called, “iFandom.”
Art Nouveau Slave Leia
For his Art Nouveau Slave Leia graphic artist Adam Hughes wanted to skip the usual “big head montage” that artists usually do for their “Star Wars”-inspired art.
Star Wars Stamp
Remember stamps? People used to write something called letters, put them in an envelope, write an address on the envelope, and then place a stamp on it to prove that you paid postage. Ask your mom about it. Anyway, often times stamps are little pieces of art in of themselves such as this stamp inspired by a scene from the original “Star Wars” movie.
Star Wars Tuxedo T-shirt
A Star Wars T-shirt, designed by Reece Ward, for the geek that likes to dress up …
Attack of the Clones
Scott Erwert works as the art director of marketing at Skywalker Ranch, where he gets to combine his talented design skills with his love of “Star Wars.” This work was part of an online ad campaign, which targeted college campuses. for “Attack of the Clones.”
Star Wars Tattoo
“Star Wars” is so beloved that even it’s most loathed characters inspire devotion. Don’t believe me? Check out this guy’s Jar Jar Binks tattoo by John Woods from All or Nothing Atlanta.
Vintage Postcard Invasion
Ready, set, GO! “Stars Wars” is invading a vintage postcard in Franco Brambilla’s “AT-AT Lido Cup.”
There are a lot of wars in “Star Wars.” I mean, it’s right in the title. So, it’s not surprising that some designers are inspired by “Star Wars” to create political statements, such as this button “Stop Wars.”