The minimalist movie poster has become a popular subgenre in and of itself. It’s a familiar design exercise in which graphic design and movie aficionados create their own pared-down movie poster concepts with varying degrees of artistic merit or success. These sometimes come off as self-conscious attempts to be cute or clever, providing blatant clues to make sure the viewer gets the reference.
But the other day Designboom featured a series of miniature movie posters from Spanish design firm Atipo that use abstraction to communicate the essence of a series of classic films. You have to have seen the film—or at least know the essence of the plot—to get them. And even then you might have to think before it hits you.