23 June 2011

Kiss Me Deadly
















When The Criterion Collection asked me to design the packaging for the great Robert Aldrich noir, Kiss Me Deadly, they had a particular direction in mind. They wanted to present the lurid and sensational detective picture in the style of one of that era's counterparts, the lurid and sensational detective magazine. A natural combo. I was only too happy to oblige.

A few days latter they sent a terrific volume featuring covers --and a few spreads too-- from Inside Detective Magazine, True Detective Magazine, True Police Detective Magazine, you name it.  Almost all were from the mid 1950s.


The best of them, I think, belongs to Dell's Inside Detective. Their covers were stark and immediate --often just two-color, though occasionally three. Their frequent use of the all-American Franklin Gothic presses just the right tabloid button. This was quality sleaze. 

These are some my initial sketches which lead to the finished cover:  (You can click through all the images in this post to enlarge.)


Here are samples of the twenty page booklet which accompanies the disc. *


As well as some menu designs.*


* Pardon the place-holder copy!

My sincere thanks to The Criterion Collection for making me a part of this one.

 The Criterion Collection