What are the most obvious indications for a graphic designer who isn’t caring about his or her work? Blurry and fuzzy looking key art? One of the most blatant font choices out there? Or, as in the case of Annihilation, a little bit of both?
Alex Garland’s latest work hasn’t had an easy start to put it mildly. After seeing the final cut, the executive producer demanded significant changes to be made, which Garland naturally refused. As a result the film got dumped to Netflix for international markets. And on top of that it received a shockingly lacklustre marketing campaign.
It’s a real shame to see a poster and soundtrack design as lousy as this. Especially for a film from one of the most meticulous and artistic young directors out there, who gained widespread critical success with his last work Ex_Machina.
Short on official key art I decided to go back to the media that arguably is the better option to experience this weird, feverish story: Jeff VanderMeer’s novel. His Southern Reach trilogy has been published numerous times in various different editions and I decided to carry over some of those designs to my custom covers, thus giving the score album a slighty different feel and allowing you to choose between multiple designs.