Movie alphabets have emerged as something of a go-to design trope for illustrators on the Internet, and some of the very best examples of the form have been developed by Stephen Wildish, a graphic designer based in the UK. Wildish’s work is striking, colorful, and decidedly minimalistic, each block based on an iconic film still and stripped back to its most basic elements. Some of his alphabets are clustered around periods (decades, typically), others arranged by genre (Rom-Com being the latest) or franchise (James Bond), but all are clearly the work of the same creative vision. As with any list-building project of this nature, one might quibble with the inclusion or the exclusion of a particular title, but each alphabet comes as a fully formed challenge. Some of the answers are gimmes, but some of them are not.
IG211: So, the obvious question: how did you develop the concept for the movie alphabets?
SW: The movie alphabets came about because I had a strange desire to draw Michael J. Fox as Marty FcFly (I could see how his bodywarmer would look in my head) so I drew it… then I kept drawing until the ’80s was finished. I then got addicted and can’t stop making them!
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