What is shown below is one of the very first jobs I did as a graphic designer. In fact I wasn’t even a designer at this point, I was still studying graphic design at FHS Dortmund, but used to work part time for a designer in Dortmund in order to earn some money to support my young family.
One of the main clients of this designer was Bauer Films, a distributor of porn movies. We used to create all their little black and white hard contrast ads for the cinema section in local newspapers for them, and this brochure shows a broad selection.
The production of those ads was fairly easy, although quite time-consuming. The photos of the girls were mostly stolen from Playboy magazine and the headings done with Letraset. In order to add some excitement I painted jail bars in front of some of the hard contrast repros (“Wenn es Nacht wird im Lyzeum”) or added tear drops, drawn with a Rapidograph, to a headline rubbed down from Letraset’s Gill Sans Ultra Bold (“Feuchte Träume”).
Perhaps I should be embarrassed having worked on such an account, but in fact I’m not. Mind you, in the eighties I even worked on advertising for cigarette brands. In fact I wish I could do stuff like this nowadays – it was great, great fun. Especially the titles of those movies, like “Infernalische Schenkel” (“Infernal Thighs”) or “Invasion der Liebesdrohnen” (Invasion of the Love Drones) are just fantastic. They’re not doing them like those anymore.
However, I can always use the excuse “I was young and needed the money.”
Anyway, here’s the 6-page brochure from about 1980 in all its dubious glory: