Macbeth Poster

Project
Create an arresting poster for Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth.
Course
Intro to Graphic Design
Year
2007

Overview

To complete an Intro to Graphic Design course at the School of Museum Arts, I had to create a poster for a performance.

Concept

Macbeth is a well-known play, so it was a challenge to create a unique representation of it. Bloody hands, crowns, and daggers are common elements. Instead of avoiding them I tried to highlight Lady Macbeth’s role in pushing the title character to action.

At the time, I had just discovered the work of Noma Bar, and admired his use of negative space to create double meanings. I tried a similar approach by drawing a dagger that becomes the lethal connection that binds Lady Macbeth to her murderous husband, as well as dividing them. To balance the strong black and white graphical elements, I created a swirling liquid effect for the blood in Photoshop.

St. Mary’s Menton licensed the image to use for their Macbeth production.