Tim Burton

Who doesn’t love this quirky and weird, yet charming movie director? 
I definitely do – each and every single movie.

A couple of years ago, I had this course where we had to design a set of stamps and a logotype for a celebrity who would celebrate an anniversary this year. I picked Tim Burton and came up with this nice little folder that included a set of four stamps with illustrated heads of some of his most beloved and recognisable movie characters, a postcard, a poster on the backside and a sliding card mechanism where you could swap Tim’s body with the ones of his characters. 

I can’t remember if it was part of the exercise to add some informative text about the person, or not. At least that’s what all this text on the folder is about. As this project was merely an exercise in design for educative purposes, I didn’t feel the need of writing my own text and borrowed someone else’s lines. My teacher said it was okay, but nowadays I feel a bit sleazy for doing so. But I believe that honesty is a virtue. So don’t follow my lead on this and walk the extra mile, it’ll be well worth the effort.

In order to make the sliding mechanism work, I had to adjust the characters hight and change their overall proportions a wee bit. Technically the martian would be a tad smaller and Jack Skellington’s legs would be much longer, that’s why their appearance is a bit off-kilter.

Technical Data

Title: ›Tim Burton‹
Status: university project
Medium: stamps, folder, postcard
Extras: poster
Year: 2008
University: HBK Braunschweig
Mentoring: Prof. Klaus Paul



Layout: Klaas van Kreis
Fonts: Vollkorn 1.0, ITC Bodoni Seventy-Two
Format: 186 × 370 mm
Print: 4C inkjet
Binding: accordion fold
Paper: 250 g/m² Chromolux-Pearl by Schneidersöhne
Amount: 2



Texts: © A&E Television Networks, 2008.

Poster on the back of the folder.

Stamp designs (Jack Skellington, martian, Edward Scissorhands & Batman)

Folder inside, with the 4 Stamps in the top right corner.

Inspired by the typography from Tim Burtons children’s book 
“The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy”, I decided to use an personalised handdrawn version of Jonathan Barnbrook’s
font “Mason” (1992, Emigre) for the logotype.
I wanted the logo to look like a crooked house right out of Tim Burtons cinematic universe. So I tried to incorporate some of his characteristic design elements, like the little flourish on the R, or the slightly askew rooftop build by his first name.