The Poster Boys
By Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith
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The Poster Boys are Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith, two designers who get together and discuss all things graphic design, share their influences, and explore and celebrate the titans of poster design history. Schaefer and Smith both work as poster designers in today’s film industry, working with clients including The Criterion Collection, IFCFilms, Oscilloscope, Death Waltz Recording Company, and Janus Films. Look as you listen by following theposterboys.tumblr.com.
||Clean47: Philip Gips||This month, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith do a little detective work uncovering the key art designed by Philip Gips, a business partner of acclaimed advertising director Stephen Frankfurt, including iconic and famous poster designs for ROSEMA||11/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean46: Italian Horror||After opening the Flat File on Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA for their Patreon supporters last month, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith survey the macabre visions of Italian Horror film posters. These wild and weird designs, much like Argento, Bava,||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean45: Akiko Stehrenberger||The Poster Boys interview one of the most accomplished and multitalented movie poster artists working today: Akiko Stehrenberger. Jumping between styles from the photorealistic (including her award-winning FUNNY GAMES poster listed by Adrian Curry as th||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean44: Seven Samurai||Coinciding with the launching of The Poster Boys on Patreon (patreon.com/theposterboys), this month designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith are changing it up! Hitting the drawing board to unveil original posters designs for SEVEN SAMURAI, as chosen by||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean43: Movie Posters of the 80’s - Part 2||In Part II of The Poster Boys’ 80’s movie poster spectacular, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith pick up right where they left off last month, hand-selecting and discussing their favorite Movie Posters of the 1980’s, from the remarkable illu||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean42: Movie Posters of the 80’s - Part 1||This summer, The Poster Boys take an extended trip back to the movie theatre lightboxes and video stores of their childhoods, and survey the Movie Posters of the 80’s in a two-part spectacular. In Part I, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith comme||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean41: Bill Gold Advertising||With the recent passing of Bill Gold, The Poster Boys look back on the design studio headed by one of the biggest names in film advertising for over 40 years. From Casablanca to Mystic River, Brandon and Sam touch on Gold’s early days as an in-house d||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean40: Czechoslovak Film Posters||This month, The Poster Boys take a second trip back to eastern Europe after the second world war to look at the history behind the rise and decline of the Czechoslovak film poster. Brandon and Sam weave in and out through the late 1940s down through the||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean39: Ingmar Bergman||In honor of Janus Films’ centennial retrospective of Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema, the Poster Boys survey the film posters of the influential and iconic Swedish auteur. From arthouse classics like THE SEVENTH SEAL and CRIES AND WHISPERS to overseas sensa||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean38: Barbara Kruger||After a small break due to technical difficulties, The Poster Boys are back! This month, Brandon and Sam dive into the work of renowned artist Barbara Kruger, looking back to the beginning of her career as a designer to see how she used her training as||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean37: Best of 2017||The Poster Boys discuss the 2017 Year in Movie Posters. Designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith select the theatrical posters, teasers, and campaigns that caught their eye this year, discussing design trends, film branding, the importance of context wh||12/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean36: Holiday Gift Guide||It’s an extra special light episode centered almost entirely around dead trees! This month, Brandon and Sam try something a little different in time for the holidays: they look at some of their favorite art and design related books published (or found||11/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean35: Stephen King||Find a flashlight and a blanket to hide under, because The Poster Boys are taking a Halloween themed trip down memory lane with the work of Stephen King. This month, Brandon and Sam discuss their favorite book covers and film posters from (and based on)||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean34: The Process - Part 1||This month, Brandon and Sam journey back into their own lives to discuss how they first got involved in design, and the ways in which their process has changed over time. From school flyers to fake toy packaging, the boys share stories from their childh||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean33: Back to School||Grab your lunch, pack your books and get ready for the first day of class! This month on the show, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith head back to the halls of academia, diving into some of the most notable posters for films centered in or around||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean32: Planet of the Apes||The boys discuss Planet of the Apes.||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean31: David Lynch||With the return of Twin Peaks after 26 years, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith look back at the posters that have accompanied the many films of David Lynch in their first director-themed episode. From Eraserhead to Inland Empire, the boys discus||6/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean30: Jacqueline S. Casey||Best known as a designer and later director of the Office of Publications at MIT, Jacqueline Casey created some of the most striking graphics for lectures and events at the prestigious school for over 30 years. This month on the podcast, Brandon and Sam||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean29: Dot Graphics & Janus Films||This month, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith look at the iconic and unsung film posters created for Janus Films in the 70’s by Dot Graphics, the award-winning Denver-based design team of Lee Reedy and Robert Clayton. Across over two-dozen post||4/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28: Movie Posters of the 90’s||The best movie posters of the 90’s, on the new episode of The Poster Boys. Designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith reflect on their favorite one-sheets produced in the 90’s, discussing the posters that made impressions on them as kids, those that h||3/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27: Stenberg Brothers||This month on The Poster Boys, Brandon and Sam head back to the 1920s to look at the incredible film posters born out of the Russian Revolution and the work of two of Russia’s most prominent designers in particular, Vladimir and Georgii Stenberg. Desp||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26: Georg Olden||For The Poster Boys’ first episode of 2017, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith look at the life and work of Georg Olden, one of the most prominent and influential black executives in the American advertising business. Olden designed and art dire||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25: 2016 In Review||Designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith look back at 2016’s most interesting and iconic theatrical movie posters, each selecting a large handful of their favorites to discuss while reflecting on trends in the world of film poster design, ever-changin||12/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24: Barbara ‘Basha’ Baranowska||This month on The Poster Boys podcast, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith look at the diverse work of Polish poster artist Barbara Baranowska, also known simply as ‘Basha.’ An essential voice in the Polish Poster School (see also last May’s||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23: Hammer Horror||Best known for their gothic horror, Hammer Films produced motion pictures from the late 1950s until the 1970s that have since become classics of the genre. In celebration of the Halloween season, The Poster Boys look at the history surrounding the poste||10/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: Film Posters in the 21st Century - Part 2||Drawing from their experience as poster designers, hosts Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith take a general look at the ins and outs of film poster design in the 21st century, and how commercial factors like billing blocks, logo placement, and actor likeness||9/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21: Dick Bruna||Spanning a decades long career with over 130 film posters to his name, illustrator Bob Peak has left an indelible mark on audiences everywhere. This month, Brandon and guest host Jay Shaw dive into the career of the man who has been called “the father||8/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: Bob Peak||Spanning a decades long career with over 130 film posters to his name, illustrator Bob Peak has left an indelible mark on audiences everywhere. This month, Brandon and guest host Jay Shaw dive into the career of the man who has been called “the father||7/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19: Brandon & Sam’s Favorites - Part 2||This month The Poster Boys continue with a look back at their favorite movie posters ever. In the second of a two-part episode, Brandon and Sam reflect on the film posters that have left a lasting impact on them in recent years, including those by artis||6/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18: Brandon & Sam’s Favorites - Part 1||This month Brandon and Sam look back at their favorite movie posters ever. In the first of a two-part episode, the Poster Boys reflect on the movie posters of their childhood and the designs that captured their imagination growing up, from the art of Fa||5/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17: Corita Kent||This month The Poster Boys look at the life and art of Corita Kent. A nun and teacher at Immaculate Heart College, and beginning in 1964 the chair of its art department, her silkscreens combined religious language with that of American advertising cultu||4/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16: Batman v Superman||From their small, separate start on the silver screen in the 1940s to joining forces for one of the most anticipated epics hitting theaters in 2016, Batman and Superman have woven in and out of cinematic history for over 70 years. Leaving in their wake||3/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15: Cuban Film Posters||This month the Poster Boys survey the Golden Age of Cuban Posters, created during and after the Cuban Revolution. In addition to the iconic social and political posters that celebrated Cuba’s cultural pride and solidarity with other nations, hundreds||2/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14: Hipgnosis||For their first episode of 2016, the Poster Boys depart from the world of one-sheets for a quick spin around some of music’s most visually engaging album covers courtesy of the design powerhouse Hipgnosis. From Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy to P||1/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13: 2015 In Review||To close out their first year, the Poster Boys reflect on theatrical film poster design in 2015, sharing some of the pieces that caught their eye throughout the year and discussing the industry’s recent tropes and trends. They also take a break to tal||12/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: Star Wars Poster Spectacular||Ahead of the release of the latest entry in the Star Wars saga, the Poster Boys pull out the history books to uncover the story behind nearly forty years of Star Wars poster art. From Howard Chaykin’s first teaser in 1976 all the way to LA’s one-she||11/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: Penguin Books||This month, the Poster Boys look back at 45 years of design history at Penguin Books. From the company’s early years under the direction of typographer Jan Tschichold all the way to the end of the 1970’s with art director David Pelham, the prominent||10/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: Jay Shaw||This month, The Poster Boys take a break by sitting down and having a chat with Mondo creative director Jay Shaw about the role of film art in the 21st century. Together they discuss some of Jay's favorite posters and title sequences, as well as the dif||9/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: The Criterion Collection||This month, The Poster Boys celebrate the efforts behind the Criterion Collection in bringing the best classic and contemporary films to cinephiles across the country. Sam talks with esteemed designer F. Ron Miller about his career and the work he’s d||8/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: Paul Rand||This month, The Poster Boys tackle the illustrious career of America’s preeminent Modernist designer, Paul Rand. Best known as the creator of IBM and ABC television’s trademarks, Rand is often said to be the father of modern graphic design, having r||7/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: Hans Hillmann||This month, The Poster Boys look back at the career of celebrated German designer Hans Hillmann. Considered by some to have been the Saul Bass of Germany, Hillmann designed 130 posters for film between 1952 and 1974 that has left a mark on some of...||6/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: Film Posters in the 21st Century||This month, The Poster Boys pause to consider the contemporary movie poster and its changing role in the Video-On-Demand marketplace. Featuring an interview with designer Alex Griendling, discussing his work with large ad agencies on campaigns for films||5/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: The Polish Poster School||This month, The Poster Boys take a trip back to eastern Europe after the second world war to uncover the crazy, mixed up world of Polish film posters. Brandon and Sam weave in and out through the 1940s down through the late 1980s to shed some light on t||4/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: Bob Gill||This month The Poster Boys celebrate the philosophy of Bob Gill, the beloved and legendary designer who created his own language of visual problem solving. Brandon and Sam discuss Gill's influence on their work, his rules and vocabulary of design, and h||3/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: Drew Struzan||This month, your hosts Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith look at the iconic poster work of Drew Struzan, the prolific painter behind the famous one-sheets for Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, and Star Wars, among many other hits of the 80’s and 90’s.||2/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: Saul Bass - Part 2||In their second episode, the Poster Boys talk about their favorite movie posters of 2014, speculate on the enigmatic posters for Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING, and wrap up their two-part discussion of the life and work of legendary designer Saul Bass.||1/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: Saul Bass - Part 1||In their premiere podcast, the Poster Boys discuss the work of Saul Bass in the first of two-part episode on the design legend.||12/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
Always a great listen!
Love this podcast as Sam and Brandon are very intelligent and discuss poster design in an informative way. Their topics are always interesting and they make everything approachable!
Brandon and Sam are the poster men!
I think of myself as more interested in movies than design, but this show makes me question that. These guys know design and designers. They put a lot of time into the research and also finding the reference images (visit their website!).
Any filmmaker who has control over marketing should listen to at least a few episodes to appreciate the art of poster design. And for designers of all stripes, this is a must listen. This is two top designers giving a peek behind the curtain. Highly recommended!
Scoop the Secret Lives & Loves of Designers!
If you are head-over-heels for design then you must check out this awesome podcast (& Tumblr images)! Brandon and Sam impart so much detail and information about designers, illustrators & artwork that it's quickly become my favorite commute soundtrack. Flat file feature is a yummy dish too!
There are plenty of diatribes about the minutiae of music and it's so validating to know there are people who care enough to share this level of discourse about design. Thank you!