My goal was to carry the angle shape of the obelisk throughout the design.
I was luck enough to find a font that resembled an ancient lettering.
My original design had the likeness of the actress who played Elaan (France Nuyen), but because of legal issues, I had to change her features.
When I use a skull in a posters, it's usually to convey death or danger. In the case of this episode, the Doomsday Machine has killed billions, but it's easy to forget or overlook, because we don't really see it. I think it's a major part of the story and worth depicting. I believe that six out of the 80 Star Trek posters I've created have a skull in them.
My original design had the Enterprise zooming down on a planet with a large swastika on it, similar to WPA posters during World War II. My design was interesting, but I felt it lacked substance.These are nominally the April set in the series, although QMx don't expect them to go out until May. The shot glass and T-shirt versions will likely pop-up early in April if they follow the usual schedule.