The highly prestigious film-distribution company, Criterion, is well known for everything from their carefully curated selection of films to the artistic and ever so poignant cover designs. In fact, the stellar packaging might make even the most devote minimalist think twice about converting and ditching the hard copies. After setting the bar so high, it isn't surprising that many of Criterion's artistically inclined fans would take it upon themselves to design their own versions of their favorite DVD covers.
A popular art-house film site, Mubi (formerly The Auteurs), has a vibrant message board which covers anything and everything about film. We found a particularly entertaining thread that features member-submitted redesigns and reinterpretations of Criterion's incredible cover designs.
Any good designer will attest to the importance of performing small-scale projects outside of work just to keep the mind fresh and the creative juices flowing. We applaud the work within the 150+ pages as a free, fun, and creative outlet for designers and illustrators and invite everyone to continue to browse. With new submissions coming in each day, this is sure to keep you busy during those tedious work days. And who knows — maybe the covers will rekindle a love for a forgotten movie or introduce you to something new.
*Criterion, although affiliated with Mubi, does not endorse these redesigned covers as official representations of the produced version.
Image credits (left to right, top to bottom):
Cahiers — Wendy & Lucy
So Lighty Here — The Birds
Kyle — Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Dan Coyote — Inglorious Bastards
Lifeless1 — Duel
Jer Robert Paulin — The Outsiders
Gschweet — A Town Called Panic
Luke Boyce — Return of the Jedi
Dan Coyote — 2001: A Space Odyssey