The obvious vitality and sheer variety apparent in these projects tell us one thing: 2022 was an exceptional year for designers charged with setting the tone for visual programming in television, film, and games.
Narrowing this category down to eight selections was extremely tough but in the end, Imaginary Forces placed two sequences on the list with Oliver Latta (aka Extraweg) deserving special mention for the landmark surreality of his Severance titles but also for crafting the project essentially solo.
All films were published in The Stash Permanent Collection during 2022 and are listed here in chronological order by their issue of publication.
“THE WHEEL OF TIME” TV Series Titles
Issue: Stash 151
Imaginary Forces‘ creative director Karin Fong: “Based on Robert Jordan’s best-selling books, Amazon’s TV series adaptation of ‘The Wheel of Time’ is the first of its kind. In a world where having hope gets you far but magic gets you further, our title sequence sets the tone for the enduring fantasy saga.
“Within our concept of a vast tapestry, power is channeled and patterns emerge. The seven Ajah colors of the female Aes Sedai entwine before the image unravels to reveal our reimagined logo: an endless serpent spiral.”
MAJOR GROM: PLAGUE DOCTOR Film Titles
Issue: Stash 152
Natasha Sorokina, creative producer at Moscow studio Dobro: “We received a request in the form of a detailed director’s brief and used it as a starting point in our brainstorming.
“The images in the brief were all connected with the narrative of the film – the statue of Themis, the dump, callous construction sites, against the background of the St. Petersburg’s architectural heritage, as well as scandalous wealth and luxury.”
APPLE TV+ “THE LAST DAYS OF PTOLEMY GREY” TV Series Titles
Issue: Stash 153
Arisu Kashiwagi, director at Arisu in New York: “Our clients and showrunners, Diane Houslin and David Levine, invited us to create a one-minute main title sequence for the Apple TV+ show, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey.
“Based on the acclaimed novel by best-selling author Walter Mosley, the series stars Samuel L. Jackson as a 91-year-old man with dementia who elects to temporarily regain his memories through an experimental drug to avenge the murder of his great-grandnephew. ”
APPLE TV+ “SEVERANCE” TV Series Titles
Issue: Stash 153
Berlin artist and motion designer Oliver Latta (aka Extraweg) ramps up his fascination with literal soft bodies in this aptly surreal title sequence for Ben Stiller’s twisty Apple TV+ thriller series Severance.
HULU “CANDY” TV Series Titles
Issue: Stash 154
Deconstructing the graphic elements of “Perfect Housewife” instruction manuals from the 1980s, CD Ronnie Koff and Imaginary Forces set a disquieting tone in the titles for Hulu’s true-crime drama series Candy.
From the team at Imaginary Forces: “The main title for Candy sets the table for a housewife who is turning up the heat. Inspired by Rube Goldberg’s machines, we built the housewife trope narrative around the type.”
PISTOL “CHAOS” broadcast design
Issue: Stash 155
Dorian Carli-Jones, producer at Block & Tackle in New York: “We were tasked by the team at FX to craft a graphics package and animated promo for FX’s ‘Pistol’ limited series that authentically captures a distinct place and moment in punk rock history – 1970s London – seen through a modern lens.
“To achieve an authentic, own-able visual language for the series, we got our hands dirty with all sorts of analog techniques – we distressed photographs, ripped shirts, spilled ink, tore paper, stepped on things, and were frequently disrespectful of British royalty.”
“THE FIRST DESCENDANT” Game Titles
Issue: Stash 156
From the team at Elastic in LA: “Check your weapons and gather your squad – The First Descendant is coming. Watch as creative director Jeff Han and the Elastic crew take on the cinematic story trailer for Nexon’s new RPG.”
“THE PERIPHERAL” TV Series Titles
Issue: Stash 156
Applying painterly machine learning techniques to CG renders, Antibody‘s Raoul Marks and Patrick Clair set a menacing tone for the Amazon series “The Peripheral”, the first screen adaption of a William Gibson novel since the 90s.
Patrick Clair: “I’ve been a fan of William Gibson since reading “Neuromancer” at the age of 18 – he defined the cyberpunk we grew up on, hell he defined the internet! To work on a series based on his book was an honor and a privilege.”