Patrik Svensson designed posters for various movies using only a few letters and/or characters. Here’s his poster for The Shining:
How do you choose your material?
I read. I order books from the States. I literally go into bookstores, close my eyes and take things off the shelf. If I don’t like the book after a bit, I don’t finish it. But I like to be surprised.
—Stanley Kubrick, Rolling Stone, 27 August 1987
—It’s Futura Extra Bold. It was Stanley’s favorite typeface. It’s sans serif. He liked Helvetica and Univers, too. Clean and elegant.
— Is this the kind of thing you and Kubrick used to discuss?
—God, yes. Sometimes late into the night.
—“Citizen Kubrick,” The Guardian, 27 March 2004.
“It’s impossible to tell you what I’m going to do except to say that I expect to make the best movie ever made.”
—Stanley Kubrick on his unrealized Napoleon biopic
(Via Letters of Note.)
Related reading: Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made
Typographic poster for Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece. The famous quote is not included in the final version of the film but appears in Arthur C. Clarke’s original book. The em dash that breaks the phrase represents the ever present monolith. The poster is set in Futura Extra Bold, (Kubrick’s typeface of choice) and printed with glow in the dark ink, so the star field only becomes visual in the darkness of space.
About his work Kubrick is the most self-conscious and rational of men. His eccentricities – secretiveness, a great need for privacy – are caused by his intense awareness of time’s relentless passage. He wants to use time to “create a string of masterpieces,” as an acquaintance puts it. Social status means nothing to him, money is simply a tool of his trade.
—Richard Schickel, 1975