As a designer, one of the best ways to improve your skills is to keep practicing wherever you can. The more work you do, the better you get at it – but it can also be incredibly helpful to work across a broad range of mediums. If you typically do a lot of logo design and website work, you may find a change of scenery helps. Try practicing some graphic design work, or product packaging, or try your hand at designing some business cards instead – and you’ll find that, over time, your overall design skills start to improve. One of my favourite things to experiment with is in redesigning movie posters. Movie posters can be particularly tricky to  design because you have many different directions that you can go in – such as focusing on a character, or on a particular scene, or on an overarching topic. You can also opt for a very minimalist approach, or try to go with a complicated, complex approach (or – of course – anywhere in between).

Designing – or redesigning – a poster for a film can be extraordinarily tough to get right, and I always find it remarkably inspiring to see how other artists and designers approach it. I’ve brought together a collection of some of my favourite examples of movie posters that have been redesigned in ways that look stunning. It’s interesting to see which design decisions other artists have gone for, and personally I find it fascinating to see the changes they’ve introduced or the themes they’ve chosen to focus on. I hope you find this collection as inspiring as I do, and that it gets you practicing your design skills too.

Mr Smith Goes to Washington

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Inception

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Star Wars

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The Running Man

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Black Swan

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Looper

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(500) Days of Summer

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Edward Scissorhands

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Shaun of the Dead

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Sin City

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The Dark Knight Rises

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Moon

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Nosferatu

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Empire Records

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Ghostbusters

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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Iron Man

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The Shining

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Blade Runner

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Les Misérables

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Have you come across any creative, inspiring and interesting movie poster redesigns that you’d like to share in the comments? We’d love to hear about what you’ve discovered!

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Editor note: Contributor Alex writes for Print Express, who create beautiful business cards that you can find here. When he’s not designing, he’s often found writing for the Print Express design blog.