Recent months have seen some really exciting poster artwork for new movie releases. Here we share the insider information on the typefaces used on some of your favorite film posters, so you can create your own cinematic designs.
From quirky display type for Captain Fantastic to retro slab text for Justice League, you’ll find a font to suit any genre, from space-set sci-fi to gun-slinging westerns.
1. Captain Fantastic
A perfectly designed indie poster, the artwork for Captain Fantastic references vintage styles and childlike, naive design. The main title font is a custom typeface, inspired by Woodkit fonts. Bosque also has a similar feel.
Subtitles are set in Bookman Old Style, the perfect supporting font for a vintage-influenced poster design.
2. Kong: Skull Island
Big blockbusters need equally big fonts. This slab display typeface is the perfect choice for making an impact. The custom font used for the movie title is a variation on Forza Black, but Eurostile Bold also has a similar feel.
3. Wiener Dog
This charming, vintage-styled poster uses equally charming serif typefaces, which bring a touch of elegance and intellectualism to the poster design. The movie title and supporting text is set in Horley Old Style.
4. The Lobster
The retro trend in poster design continues with The Lobster, which has a distinctly 1960s feel in its choice of colors, cut-out imagery and modernist typography. To mimic the look, set your headers in the Extra Bold weight of Avenir Next.
5. The Nice Guys
Amping up the references to the disco era, Pump Pro Triline is the perfect choice for this Seventies-tribute poster design. Teamed with a retro orange and yellow color palette, this artwork is the ultimate nostalgia trip.
6. Justice League
There’s more than a sniff of retro about the upcoming Justice League movie’s branding. The title font is custom, but borrows generously from League Gothic, which has an old-school comic book feel.
Emotional dramas suit the serious impact of a traditional serif. Sully‘s main title is set in elegant Sabon Roman, with supporting text in Gotham Light, which keeps the design looking clean and contemporary.
The artwork for acclaimed drama Loving uses photography cast in a dreamy, nostalgic light, teamed with romantic serif type. If you recognize the font, that’s because it’s well-loved Adobe Caslon Pro Italic, which brings an elegant and bookish touch to the layouts.
9. The Salvation
New gritty Western The Salvation uses appropriately vintage-inspired type for its evocative, high-impact poster designs. The typeface is custom, but you can recreate the Wild West look with Gunfighter Academy or Dead Saloon.
10. Hacksaw Ridge
War movie posters often suit ultra-modern typefaces, which helps to make the story feel relevant and immediate to modern-day audiences. Hacksaw Ridge uses a clean and discreet sans serif, Fette Engschrift D, which looks fantastic against dramatic action photography.
Sci-fi movies need typography that’s as futuristic as the subject matter. Recent years have seen films like Gravity and The Martian resurrecting the sort of sans serif type styles made popular by seminal sci-fi flicks like Alien. Futura is a failsafe choice for achieving the contemporary sc-fi look, but new movie Arrival uses a customized version of Gotham Light.
It can be tricky for movie studios to create designs for spin-off characters that feel completely fresh and unique. For X-Men relative Logan, the designers have managed to create a fresh-feeling brand for the movie with a chunky, informal slab typeface. Recreate the look with Maple, which has a bouncy, Saul Bass-inspired feel.
13. La La Land
The marketing artwork for romantic musical La La Land owes numerous debts to vintage poster design. Simple scenic photography is paired with Art Deco titling set in Yasashii, and teamed with subheadings set in simpler yet still vintage-inspired Neutraface.