Olly Moss

Olly Moss is an English graphic design, who creates movie posters and prints.

He began when he was 15, making t-shirt designs and putting them on threadless (a website where designs are submitted to create t-shirts). Feedback could be giving by people, this is where he realised that the concept was important, he stills feels some of the ideas he did back then were strong, they just weren’t done as well as they could be.

He soon realised that his designs were being restricted because he was trying to fit them onto a t-shirt, so he began making designs which were actually aimed for shirts.

Moss began making movie posters for fun, as he was always referencing movies in his work, and he enjoyed seeing the scenes of a movie out of the context in designs. These began to get recognised as people started blogging about them.

He joined a flicker project where he designed something every day for a year, where he created exciting silly ideas which he could create in an afternoon, he only got to 80 days, but was starting to create designs he actually wanted to show people.

His first job got him working in LA on movie sequences and storyboards, he was thrown out of his depth but it was an exciting learning experience.

Mosses first commissioned movie print was for the series LOST, he was allowed to take any moment from the series and as the series had no strong visual image, he was allowed to do what he wanted with it. It was the idea that came first, as he says that’s the hardest part for him, as his pieces can go from sketch to final very quickly. Being his first commissioned piece he decided to use inspiration from Saul Bass to style the poster.

As he worked on more designs they became more illustrative, allowing him to create his own style with more depth and texture.

He always looks at what the best possible solution to a given problem is, rather that thinking about the client expects from him. And if he doesn’t have a skill that is required, he will either learn it or get somebody else to help.

For his well know ‘Star Wars’ pieces he really wanted to create something no one had ever seen before. He looked at putting together two images which can be seen separately.

With his print for ‘An American Werewolf in London, the client wanted the wolf to be more oblivious, but Moss argued that the audience is smart enough to figure it out and that the moment of realisation is what makes his work.

Moss has also created an exhibition, which was filled with silhouettes of pop culture icons. He found that he only ever really needed to show a likeness and people would know who it is, so it could be the same actor but with a different hat and he would become a different character. Also some of them would break the expectations, with broken glass / going over two frames, he was giving himself a brief which he wanted to break.

He is now continuing to challenge himself, by advancing his style and creating designs which are harder to make.

I think the main thing I've learnt from Moss is that the ideas are really important and can led a design. And when asked for his advice to students he said: Keep your eyes open. Evaluate everything. Take nothing for granted.

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