Whether you are currently a member of the living dead or just a fan of gruesome, bloody brain matter, the zombie look definitely has some awesome design elements for any horror project inspiration. Below you’ll find ten great pieces for that next gory, splattered-filled project.
1. Absinthe Typeface
Victorian personality oozes through the curls and broken shapes of this typeface. It lends a refined gruesome, a restlessness that is uncomfortable because of the unevenness of the shapes. Absinthe is perfectly unsettling for that horror atmosphere. It also has an awesome name.
2. Folk Typeface – Sketches Variant
Again, unevenness is at play in Folk Sketches to put it on the list. Its simple letterforms make a warning message easy to read, but lend a bit of the hand scrawled nature expected in a post-apocalyptic zombie world.
3. B-Movie Retro Typeface
The last typeface on the list is a true a poster child. The most awesome version is Brush Extreme with its crazy edges and rough strokes. It’s a straight up monster movie or Halloween design staple. Also cool, a catchwords font of already setup words like Danger! and Terror!
4. Blood Splatter 1
What’s more zombie than blood splatter? I can’t think of anything else. You’ll always need a few good blood splatter patterns to add background texture and help set the scene of gruesome.
5. Blood Splatter 2
You need variety in your blood patterns. Any good forensic investigator will tell you that blood does different things depending on the object used and the force at which the zombie’s head is decapitated.
6. Blood Splatter 3
One last splatter just for good measure. There are plenty more out there with their own subtleties so keep an eye out for that perfect splotch of blood.
7. Brain Engraving
Give your pet zombie exactly what he or she wants with this squishy brain engraving. Perfect to use as its own element, this brain also makes great use for adding that wrinkled, brain texture to other elements by layering and clipping. I scanned this out of an old book a while back and can’t remember exactly where I got it, but it sure is a perfect brain. I’d hate for it to go to waste.
8. Zombie Pixel Head
This is something I made myself. The 8-bit zombie niche is very small – some might say nonexistent – but I would argue that zombie pixels are just as dangerous as regular zombies. There really should be more public service announcements making people aware of the danger zombie pixels pose to their computer screens.
9. Three Zombie Heads
10. Zombie Color Swatches
Do you need a jump on the perfect brain color or perhaps you’re having a hard time nailing down the right color green of undead flesh? Well, here’s a palette to start you off right. A good mix of blood reds, Frankenstein greens, and internal organ pinks will put you on the right path color wise.
Need more inspiration for your next zombie project. Here’s two more lists for inspiration.