The purpose was to design and produce a type-dominated poster, with little to no illustration, that evokes my interests and personality. My chosen topic was the worldly popular comic book series, Tintin, about a boy detective and his sidekick Snowy, an adorable, brave, smart and funny wire haired fox terrier pup. It was my goal to portray them and their global, cultural impact in an informative, compelling, appealing, understandable, and visual way.
To introduce the protagonist and his faithful sidekick, I illustrated tiny portraits of Tintin and Snowy and tucked those within the letters of the title. Colors, mined from the books themselves, were kept to a playful yet minimal number of four, creating mood, unity, and clarity.
Type choices reinforced the tone of sophisticated playfulness. Everything from pie charts, fever charts, tables, and radial graphs to text blocks, lists, and over-sized numbers were employed to tell the story of a boy and his dog and how their adventures that spanned half a century educated, entertained, and delighted audiences world-wide. Meticulously measured and considered alignments, line-weights, character styles, and leading, along with carefully-applied type and color hierarchy function as a well-oiled machine to bring this team of fun players together in a winning way.