Jay Shaw's Top 10 Posters of 2015

CENTURIES by Kilian Eng

I love Kilian’s work. His world building is second to none. There’s so much depth in this piece it’s very easy to get lost examining the gorgeous details.


Posters for comedies are very tough to get right. Here Andrew is able to meld iconic imagery from the film into a beautifully rendered poster that perfectly represents the Griswold’s trip down the holiday road.

BLACK SWAN by Sam Wolfe Connelly

This image strikes a perfect balance between delicate beauty and grotesque darkness. Sam’s illustrations feel like something out of a dream. He was the perfect artist to tackle this film.

THE TRIBE by Alan Hynes

If you’ve seen this film you’ll know how challenging it is. Comprised entirely of un-subtitled Ukranian sign language it tells the story of brutal survival in a prison-like boarding school. Alan is the first person we turn to when we’ve got a tough nut to crack. Building the school out of the film’s title is such a great design solution and harkens back to constructivist art of the early 20th century.

RELEASE by Sonny Day

Sonny Day is my spirit animal. My entire list could just be his output this year. I chose one piece because I had to.


This one was tough. Kevin Tong put together an absolutely brilliant poster for the same film later in the year. I picked Sam’s because he perfectly captured the dreamy idilic Los Angeles portrayed in Lynch’s masterpiece.

BADLANDS by Tomer Hanuka

Tomer’s a magician. A truly gifted illustrator as smart as they come. Everyone at Mondo gasped when this one came in. The crucifixion of Martin Sheen’s Kit is a stroke of genius.


One of my favorite movies of the 1980s, I’ve seen The Breakfast Club no less than two dozen times. It’s not an easy film to create a poster for. In focusing on the shoes of the main characters, Matt was able to boil their distinct personalities down to perfectly representative imagery. They’re all running away from the inevitability of adulthood. I love it.


One of the most controversial films of all time, Cannibal Holocaust pulls absolutely no punches when it comes to disturbing imagery. Jock took a page right out of director Ruggero Deodato’s book and put together a visual nightmare of a poster. I don’t know who’s wall this poster hangs on but I’d like to invite them over for dinner.

HALLOWEEN by Jason Edmiston

This poster scares the shit out of me. What a perfect representation of the most terrifying moment in one of the greatest horror films of all time. Jason’s careful use of light and shadow add much to the unsettling realism in this piece.

JAY SHAW, Creative Director

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