Around 1991 my world became a far, far better place thanks to the existence of Something Weird Video and their amazing archival releases of lost educational films, drive-in commercial ephemera, and B-movie exploitation madness.
Mike Vraney (1957-2014) and Lisa Petrucci have always been a tremendous pleasure to work with, and I’m overjoyed to have gotten the chance to design several of their signature clamshell VHS cases, special event showcards and movie posters.
From a design standpoint “garish and trashy” are probably the only guidelines I’ve ever really been asked by them to adhere to, and I could not have been happier in obliging.
So here’s a grab bag of several (though by no means all) of the covers (and misc other print work) that I’ve created for Something Weird over the years.
Sure, sure — naturally a number of these titles eventually made their way over to DVD, but you never forget your first love, right? Well for me that means the signature clamshell VHS cases with the outrageous colors and almost crude ad-mat style graphics first introduced by Something Weird back in the early 1990’s. I’m pleased to have made at least a few contributions to that tradition.