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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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Client

Self-initiated


Quantity Produced

250


Production Cost


Production Time

1 week

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

18 × 24 in


Page Count


Paper Stock

Mohawk / Superfine / Eggshell / 80C


Number of Colors

Varnishes

Gold foil


Binding


Typography

House Industries Neutraface

 


Sigils of the Houses of Westeros Poster
Sigils of the Houses of Westeros Poster
Sigils of the Houses of Westeros Poster
Sigils of the Houses of Westeros Poster
Sigils of the Houses of Westeros Poster
Sigils of the Houses of Westeros Poster
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Project Description

After getting sucked into the Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by watching HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” I became intrigued by author George R.R. Martin’s in-depth descriptions of each character’s heraldry, and the ways in which their symbols seemed to establish a “brand” for the story’s families.

I hadn’t seen a designer's take on the sigils that I was fond of, and thus began a personal mission to craft an icon for each of them. Of course, there’s literally hundreds of sigils mentioned in the texts, so a truly comprehensive collection was tricky and some lesser houses didn’t quite make the cut. Sorry Manderlys of White Harbor.

Production Lesson(s)

If you can't afford to do a 10 color screen-print or offset run, a quality digital print with an embellishment such as foil stamping can be just as effective.”

Post Author

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Armin Vit

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

More: Online / On Twitter

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Date Published

August 20, 2012

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About UnderConsideration

UnderConsideration is a graphic design enterprise that runs a network of blogs, publishes books, organizes live events and judged competitions, and designs for clients.


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Brand New / Displaying opinions and focusing solely on corporate and brand identity work.

Art of the Menu / Cataloguing the underrated creativity of menus from around the world.

Quipsologies / Chronicling the most curious, creative, and notable projects, stories, and events of the graphic design industry on a daily basis.

Speak Up (2002 – 2009) / Discussing, and looking for, what is relevant in, and the relevance of, graphic design. Archives Only.

Word It (2003 – 2010) / Encouraging creative diversity in the community through monthly, one-word challenges. Archives Only.

Brand New Classroom (2010 – 2011) / Providing a space for critique and opinions on student identity workArchives Only.

graphic design

Department of Design / Designing corporate and brand identities and full development of printed and digital matter for clients.

publishing

The 2010 FPO Awards / 2011, self-published.

The 2010 Brand New Awards / 2011, self-published.

Flaunt: Designing effective, compelling and memorable portfolios of creative work / 2010, self-published.

Events & Judged Competitions

Brand New Conference / A one-day event on the development of corporate and brand identity projects by some of today’s most active and influential practitioners from around the world.

Brand New Awards / Celebrating the best identity work produced around the world.

FPO Awards / Celebrating the best print work from around the world.

Writing

Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design / 2009, Rockport.

Women of Design: Influence and Inspiration from the Original Trailblazers to the New Groundbreakers / 2008, HOW Books.

The Word It Book: Speak Up Presents a Gallery of Interpreted Words / 2007, HOW Books.


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