The Houses of Westeros Poster: Game of Thrones Sigil Designs by Darrin Crescenzi

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The Houses of Westeros Poster: Game of Thrones Sigil Designs by Darrin Crescenzi

Whether you are a fan of Game of Thrones or not, I'm sure the designer in you can appreciate the craft and creativity behind Darrin Crescenzi's beautiful collection of Sigils. The poster design iconifies the house crests from the fantasy television series and novels using simplified geometric forms, line and solid colors.

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The vivid and thorough character heritages in the series inspired Darrin, a Portland, Oregon-based designer and art director, to bring life to the sigils. At his site he says:

"After getting sucked into the Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by watching HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” I became intrigued by author George R.R. Martin’s in-depth descriptions of each character’s heraldry and the ways in which their symbols seemed to establish a “brand” for each family."

"I hadn’t seen a design take on the sigils that I was fond of, and thus began a personal mission to craft an icon for each of them. Of course, there are hundreds of crests described in the texts, so a comprehensive collection was tricky and some lesser houses didn’t quite make the cut. Sorry Manderlys of White Harbor."

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The design was printed as a hand-numbered edition of 250 on 18″ × 24,″ 80# Mohawk superfine eggshell cover stock with gold foil stamp. Unfortunately — but not surprisingly — the poster has since sold out.

I personally would love to see the books redesigned in this style — it's beautiful, well-edited and stylistically intriguing, and since each chapter follows a character, the designs and crest elements would be easy to incorporate into chapter banners.

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Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Designer and Writer at Drawbackwards and write for the Design Blog at Design.org. I enjoy vintage things, letterpress, publication design, and long walks around the Cesar Chavez Park pond. You can follow me on twitter at @jessdoodled for lots of fun randomness.

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