Mad Men, the award-winning TV series set in a fictitious New York advertising agency during the 1960s, has spawned almost as many posters as awards!

9/11 controversy

Mad Men season 5 poster controversy

It’s difficult to see how this poster for season 5 of Mad Men caused such an uproar last year, as the opening credits to the TV show have always shown a man falling from a skyscraper building (see the YouTube video below). However, some compared this striking image to ‘The Falling Man’ – a photo taken by Associated Press photographer Richard Drew on 11th September 2001 in Manhattan, as people jumped to their deaths from the World Trade Center following Al-Qaeda’s terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers. The Daily Mail reported that Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner had been branded “cruel” and “tasteless” over the use of the image and for putting the billboard up all over Manhattan, on streets closely located to Ground Zero, the former World Trade Center site itself.

Image Source: MultiCultClassics

Opening credits to Mad Men:

My favourite redhead

Mad Men Christina Hendricks caricature poster by Stanley Chow

From his base in Manchester, illustrator and artist Stanley Chow has become something of a master in cool and funny minimalist caricatures of famous TV, movie, sports and pop stars. Everybody from Eric Cantona and Princess Leia to Marilyn Monroe and Steve Jobs has provided geometric inspiration for Stanley. Here, Mad Men’s voluptuous office manager Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks) gets the Chow celebrity treatment. Stanley’s poster is available as an A2, A3 or A4 Giclee print on 300gsm Silver Gloss Brilliant Museum paper.

Image Source: The Stanley Chow Print Shop

Season 6 premiere

Mad Men season 6 poster by Brian Sanders

Mad Men’s creators hired Brian Sanders, a 75-year-old British graphic artist from Essex who actually worked in the advertising industry during the 1960s, to help give this season 6 teaser poster an authentic look from the era. Despite being the ad man with everything, Mad Men’s central character Don Draper (Jon Hamm) still looks worried by what’s behind him. “Matthew Wiener has made an excellent portrayal of advertising at that time,” Brain told AMC, the TV channel that shows Mad Men in the USA. “I almost took up smoking again when I saw the first series.”

Image Source: AMC

Something I’m trying to finish

Mad Men poster by peruhasdoneit on flickr

peruhasdoneit is an American graphic designer and operator of Limitd Prints, who likes images sporting clean and simple vectors with lots of colour. His Mad Men poster is work in progress, so what do you think of it thus far? A rather mischievous me is seeing Ronnie Corbett, Colonel Saunders, Russell Brand and Eric Morecambe rather than four characters from Mad Men.

Image Source: peruhasdoneit's photostream on flickr

Trust me… I work in advertising

Mad Men Trust Me poster by Travis LaRiviere

Based in California’s Long Beach, Travis LaRiviere created this Mad Men poster illustration that picks up nicely on the TV show’s fascination with crisp, new shirts. Describing himself as a designer, illustrator and dreamer, LaRiviere says inspiration comes from everywhere. So much so, that you will frequently catch him drawing on the computer, paper or even his own arm.

Image Source: LaRiviere Design

Mad Men

Mad Men returned to our TV screens this week. However, word-of-mouth isn’t working too well for season 6’s special two-hour premiere, shown for the first time in the UK on Sky Atlantic last night. The TV critics are hating it in today’s newspaper reviews. “I can’t escape the feeling that it’s more self-absorbed than absorbing,” says Richard Godwin in the London Evening Standard. While over at The Telegraph, reviewer Serena Davies writes: “Apart from the hair and more frequent talk of the Vietnam War everyone seemed the same.” But whatever the journalists are saying, fans should savour every second of Mad Men. This will be the show’s penultimate season. How will we cope without Don, Peggy, Joan and the Swinging Sixties in our lives? That ‘70s Show just didn’t cut it.

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  1. If we’re talking and commenting on the advert, then in my eyes the advert has worked.

    Advertising is a great industry & if it offends then that’s just somebody else’s opinion.

  2. I would not choose a different career, advertising works is rewarding and yes definateley a great job being done here!!

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