There are hundreds of things I like and I tend to like those things better when they come together in unexpected ways as they do in this poster by Darrin Crescenzi: lovely, simple, single-thickness line icons and Game of Thrones, the glorious HBO series that features a sprawling cast of characters in the fictional land of Westeros, each belonging to a different family, each with their own sigil, and each with their own mythology. The poster renders the author’s (George R.R. Martin’s) descriptions of each sigil as if he were designing icons for Nike, which he does professionally.
The poster is printed digitally with foil stamp on top, a very nice way of literally enriching the typically lackluster digital output. The poster is offset printed with UV inks with foil stamp on top, a very nice way of enriching an already rich output. Now if only the paper were soaked in beer, it would cover three things I like.
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