New York magazine vs. The Social Network: An 'Inspired' Poster?

New York magazine vs. The Social Network: An 'Inspired' Poster? Ladies and gentlemen of the jury: On the left, the April 13, 2009 cover of New York magazine, "Facebook Revolt," with a photograph of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. On the right, the poster for the upcoming Facebook movie, The Social Network, directed by David Fincher, which debuts on October 1.

The New York cover was art directed by Chris Dixon. You can find a fabulous archive of every New York cover from 1998-2010 here. See the trailer for The Social Network here.

Related stories:
Another "Inspiration?" Cover  New York / St. Louis
More "Inspired" Covers  Esquire / Wizard / Texas Monthly
Homage, Inspiration, or ...  TIME / The Village Voice
Rolling Stone: Deja Vu?  Friends / Glee
Inspiration, or...  New York / Seattle
More Inspiration...  Billboard / Mediaweek
Eat Cheap Eats  New York / Time Out New York

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  • Brian Taylor Illustration

    Yeah, I didn't immediately think 'rip-off' when I saw this. Coincidence seems more likley.

  • Josh Klenert

    Keller has done some nice work, and based on their DVD cover for "The Man Who Fell To Earth", nice big image and type are in their wheel house.

    Not saying Hollywood does not make great posters—The American is pretty sharp in a Steve McQueen/Bullit kinda way.

    But it is quite a factory with multiple design shops often contributing to one poster. I recall seeing 5 design shops once taking credit for the original "Jurassic Park" poster.

  • James Kelleher

    Hardly an indictable offence. Running type across someone's face isn't a unique stylistic quirk and it's an unsurprising approach for two designers to take independently, given the subject matter.

  • Kai Mark

    By the way, the one sheet was designed by Neil Kellerhouse of Kellerhouse, Inc.

    You can check out some of his work here:

  • Josh Klenert

    When was the last time Hollywood has been accused of being ORIGINAL? Hell, I'm impressed anytime they crank out a movie poster that doesn't feature Trajan!

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