It’s common knowledge around the office that I (Heather) like to listen to audiobooks while I work. After listening to the entire Harry Potter series twice in a row, I decided to move on to another, and settled on A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, read by Roy Dotrice. I had decided to read the books after watching the Red Wedding episode of the HBO series Game of Thrones (based on the books by Martin), deciding that I couldn’t wait to find out the next twist. Through the subconscious pairing of design with fantasy fiction from listening while I work, I’ve developed an appreciation of others who combine the two in more literal ways.
Darrin Crescenzi‘s Sigils of the Houses of Westeros poster is a perfect example. While eagerly awaiting the next book of Martin’s series to be released, Cescenzi designed icons of various sigils described in the books. They’re very graphic and well designed, and the use of thick strokes instead of solid shapes or shading only emphasizes this.
Nigel Evan Dennis’ Where Have All the Wildlings Gone? project is another great example of a combination of design and fantasy. He’s created illustrations for each character in Game of Thrones (and fans know that there are a LOT), mapped out their houses and allegiances, and keeps it updated with each character’s status as the show progresses. However, this project is based on the HBO series, not the books, so some characters are renamed and all look like their actor counterparts. Warning: this website is updated to the most recent Game of Thrones episode, and so it contains spoilers for anyone not up to date.