7 hidden design secrets from Into the Spider-Verse

Image: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a true game-changer in the animation industry. As the movie's production designer, Justin K. Thompson was the man responsible for guiding the movie's bonkers-but-brilliant visual direction. Thompson was one of the speakers at this year's Pictoplasma festival of character design, and took to the stage to share some of the decisions that made Spider-Verse so special.

The success of the film was against the odds - the announcement of another Spidey film is likely to be met with little more than an eye-roll these days. Thompson, along with filmmaking duo Chris Miller and Phil Lord, decided there was no point making the movie unless it did something very different. "If we're going to do it, let's do something no one has ever seen before. Let's throw out all the rules," Thompson says. 

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Ruth Hamilton

Ruth spent a couple of years as Deputy Editor of Creative Bloq, and has also either worked on or written for almost all of the site's former and current print titles, from Computer Arts to ImagineFX. She now spends her days reviewing mattresses and hiking boots as the Outdoors and Wellness editor at T3.com, but continues to write about design on a freelance basis in her spare time.